Friday Lax Links

-Oxford, MI Adding Youth Lacrosse

-Lacrosse Equipment Market Growing

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-Popularity of Lacrosse Boosts Global Market

-The Curious Case of Michigan State Lacrosse

-David Gross to Step Down as MLL Commisioner

-Gloversville, NY Adds Youth Girls Lacrosse

-In Poland is it Grow the Game, or Grow the Money?

-RI Student Helps Grow the Game

-Kennesaw State President Talks Adding Sports

The Most Frustrating Excuse Athletic Departments Use to Not Add Lacrosse

As the popularity of lacrosse grows across the nation college Athletic Directors at schools that do not sponsor the sport are being asked more and more if their school will add the sport in the future.  The majority of the time the ADs response is ‘not likely’ and falls into two categories.  They blame the cost associated with adding lacrosse, and or the challenges associated with adding a male sport while maintaining Title IX proportionality.  Both of these challenges have some validity to them, but as we have seen in recent years they can be overcome.   Big donors can step up to cover the costs associated with adding lacrosse and or a women’s team can be added to maintain proportionality.  Each of these are easier said than done, but at least there is a path to varsity status.

However, there is a third excuse that athletic departments also love to make.  One that should be extremely frustrating to the lacrosse community.  It’s most recent use was when Michigan State was asked in an article about the possibility of returning its program to varsity status.

“Currently Michigan State is focusing on getting its 25 other sports up to a competitive national level,” said Michigan State Athletic spokesperson Matt Larson.

This excuse is being used more and more by athletic departments when asked about adding lacrosse.  Why do they like it so much?  Because it leaves no path to adding the sport.  A donor can’t write a big check, adding a women’s sport isn’t enough….no, it depends on the success of EVERY OTHER SPORT.  Something no one can control but those teams themselves. And how is their success measured?  If every Michigan State team wins a national championship this year do we get lacrosse?  It’s a purposely vague and subjective response that leaves little hope for their lacrosse community.  

Michigan State is not unique… every athletic department in the nation is in a constant state of working to get their sports up to a competitive national level.  Unfortunately, when this is their position on adding lacrosse it tells us they are also in a constant state of impeding the sports return to varsity status.

Willamette University (D3 OR) Adds Women's Lacrosse

SALEM, Ore. – Willamette University Athletics Director Valerie Cleary has announced that the NCAA Division III Bearcats will hire a head coach for women's lacrosse in the spring of 2017 with the goal of competing within the Northwest Conference in the spring of 2019. "

After careful consideration of levels of interest in high school sports, student interest surveys completed on campus last spring, and competition available within the Northwest Conference, lacrosse quickly emerged as the top candidate for Willamette's new women's sport," Cleary said.

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Upper Iowa University (DII) and Central Christian College (KS NAIA) Add Lacrosse

Upper Iowa University and the Athletics Department is proud to announce that women's lacrosse will become the 16th varsity sport for the Peacocks with the first team set to compete in the 2018-19 academic year. A search for a full-time head coach will begin immediately with the position starting early this spring (2017) to establish recruiting, schedules and other day-to-day operations for the new program. The program's first competition will take place in spring 2019.

The team will compete and train at Harms-Eischeid Stadium. "We are excited to add women's lacrosse to our Athletics Department and provide new opportunities to new students looking at Upper Iowa University as their top choice for higher education," said President William R. Duffy II. "The caliber of student-athletes who compete in lacrosse will be an asset for our university, and we look forward to these young women becoming UIU leaders inside and outside of the classroom."

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The Central Christian College Board of Trustees and the President's Cabinet have approved the addition of Men's Lacrosse beginning in the Fall of 2017. The announcement was made late last week by Central Christian Director of Athletics, Steve "Twiggs" Reed. When Reed was hired in the summer of 2015, one of the projects he was tasked with by CCC President, Hal Hoxie, was to begin looking at other NAIA championship sports that could be added to the College's lineup of athletic programs, that would help place in CCC in the national spotlight, and also help to boost enrollment.

In his first year at the helm, Reed added men's wrestling to the docket, and after many months of research the decision was made to start a men's lacrosse program at CCC. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States and has been gaining popularity here in the central states over the past decade. Currently it is listed as an invitational sport in the NAIA with 30 schools sponsoring a program.

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2016 High School Sponsorship Data Released

From Laxpower.com

Lacrosse at the high school level has grown dramatically since 2001 and continues to expand at a more rapid rate than most other sports. Girls' lacrosse again cracked the top 10 in number of participants, with about 88,000 players at schools covered by the NFHS survey.

Data on school sponsorship and student participation are compiled annually by the National Federation of State High School Associations, and we have created a summary of the NFHS data, which includes both data tables and graphs that present the figures longitudinally.

From 2001 through 2016, the number of high schools sponsoring boys' and girls' lacrosse increased by 193% and 229%, respectively. Over that period, the number of students participating in lacrosse rose by 162% for boys and 172% for girls. For more detailed information, see the full report

Note that the NFHS universe is limited. There are over 1,200 boys' and about 700 girls' lacrosse teams and their participants not included in the totals. In many states, the NFHS umbrella does not include all schools. High schools in states where lacrosse is not officially sanctioned are simply not reflected in NFHS figures.

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St. Ambrose University (NAIA IA) Adds Women's Lacrosse

St. Ambrose University President Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD, announced today the University will add men's and women's varsity swimming & diving and women's varsity lacrosse next academic year. The swimming teams will begin competition in the fall of 2017 and the women's lacrosse team will begin play in the spring of 2018. Additionally, SAU Director of Athletics Ray Shovlain announced the hiring of Garrett Wimberly as the head men's and women's lacrosse coach at St. Ambrose. He will begin his duties on Sept. 1.

Since 2009-10, the University has added men's and women's bowling, men's lacrosse, athletic band, and now men's and women's swimming & diving, and women's lacrosse.

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William Peace Univeristy (D3 NC) Adds Lacrosse

RALEIGH, NC – William Peace University is proud to announce the addition of Men's and Women's Lacrosse to its athletics roster. With the additions, WPU becomes the only higher education institution in the Raleigh area to offer NCAA men's lacrosse. The University will immediately conduct a national search for a head coach and staff, explore development strategies, and begin recruiting student-athletes for competition with an anticipated start date of spring 2018.

"We are thrilled to be adding the exciting and growing sport of lacrosse to Pacer Athletics," said Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D., President of William Peace University. "Our student-athletes are difference makers in competition, in the classroom and in the community. I am confident our new lacrosse teams will be substantive contributors to campus life and our academic programs. We all look forward to welcoming these new Pacers and cheering them on."

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Mars Hill University (D2 NC) Adds Women's Lacrosse

MARS HILL, N.C. – Athletic Director David Riggins and the Mars Hill University Athletics Department announce the addition of women's lacrosse for the 2017-18 season. Also announced is inaugural head coach, Kristina Llanes. Llanes will spend the 2016-17 season on the recruiting trail before placing MHU's first women's lacrosse team on the field in the spring of 2018.

Riggins stated, "Mars Hill University welcomes Coach Llanes to the Lion Athletic Family. We are so fortunate to land a head coach with such extensive head coaching experience. The fact that she has experience in developing a first year collegiate program is value added."

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Tuesday Lax Links

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Wednesday Lax Links

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NYIT Adds Women's Lacrosse

Westbury, N.Y. – New York Institute of Technology Director of Athletics Duane Bailey, has announced that NYIT will add women's lacrosse to its intercollegiate athletics department as of June 3, 2016. The Bears will begin competition in the 2016-17 academic year, as a NCAA Division II member of the East Coast Conference.

"Today we celebrate the addition of women's lacrosse to our Bears Athletics family," Bailey said. "This exciting sport allows NYIT to expand women's athletics opportunities at the Division II level. Women's lacrosse continues to grow in popularity and participation here in the northeast and throughout the country. We are confident that Bears fans will enthusiastically support our new team as we build the program over the next several years."

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Recapping 2016's Inaugural Year Programs

Virginia Commonwealth University 
Division 1 (W)
W - 2016 Record: 3-14

Felician College
Division 2 (W)
New Jersey
W - 2016 Record: 0-11

Montreat College
North Carolina
W - 2016 Record: 1-15

Ohio Northern University
Division 3 (M/W)
M - 2016 Record: 8-7 
W - 2016 Record: 7-9

University of the Cumberlands
M - 2016 Record: 7-5 
W - 2016 Record: 4-8

UMass Lowell
Division 1 (W)
W - 2016 Record: 1-16

Central Michigan University
Division 1 (W)
W - 2016 Record: 6-10

Radford University 
Division 1 (W)
W - 2016 Record: 1-14

U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Division 1 (W)
New York
W - 2016 Record: 5-12

University of Northwestern
Division 2 (W)
W - 2016 Record: 2-13

Purchase College
Division 3 (M)
New York
M - 2016 Record: 0-4 

University of Saint Mary 
M - 2016 Record: 6-9 
W - 2016 Record: 2-10

Moravian College
Division 3 (M/W)
M - 2016 Record: 10-6 
W - 2016 Record: 6-10

Clarke University
M - 2016 Record: 1-10 
W - 2016 Record: 4-3

University of Indianapolis
Division 2 (M/W)
M - 2016 Record: 8-6 
W - 2016 Record: 6-12

Wilkes University 
Division 3 (M)
M - 2016 Record: 0-15 

Alabama Huntsville 
Division 2 (M/W)
M - 2016 Record: 3-9 
W - 2016 Record: 14-4

Ottawa University
M - 2016 Record: 9-5 
W - 2016 Record: 6-4

Northern Michigan University
Division 2 (W)
W - 2016 Record: 6-2

Georgian Court University 
Division 2 (M)
hunt New Jersey
M - 2016 Record: 2-13 

Benedictine College
M - 2016 Record: 5-8 
W - 2016 Record: 7-5

Davis & Elkins College 
Division 2 (M/W)
West Virginia
M - 2016 Record: 0-9 
W - 2016 Record: 1-10

Concordia University Chicago
Division 3 (M/W)
M - 2016 Record: 1-13 
W - 2016 Record: 0-17

Westminster College
Division 3 (M)
M - 2016 Record: 2-7 

University of Montevallo
Division 2 (W)
W - 2016 Record: 6-12

Hamline University
Division 3 (W)
W - 2016 Record: 10-6

Frederick Community College
M - 2016 Record: 4-6 
W - 2016 Record: 4-13

St. Thomas Aquinas College 
Division 2 (M)
New York
M - 2016 Record: 0-12 

Hampton University
Division 1 (M)
M - 2016 Record: 0-5 

Westminster College
Division 2 (M/W)
M - 2016 Record: 13-3 
W - 2016 Record: 2-9

Laurel University
North Carolina
Did Not Add Sport

University of Dayton 
Division 1 (W)
Did Not Add Sport

La Roche College
Division 3 (W)
Did Not Add Sport

Marian University
Delayed One Year

Northland College
Division 3 (M/W)
Delayed One Year

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Marian University (D3 WI) and University of Montevallo (D2 AL) Add Lacrosse

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Marian University director of athletics Jason Bartelt is pleased to announce the addition of men's lacrosse and the hiring of Reid Mayberry as the program's first head coach. The Sabres will begin play in the 2017-18 season.

 "I am extremely excited to bring lacrosse in as an NCAA sport to Marian University and our athletic department," Bartelt said. "Lacrosse is an up-and-coming-sport in our area and will have a

tremendous impact on our campus." The university approved the addition of men's lacrosse to Marian's athletics offerings earlier this month and will become the 21st varsity sport. The addition of men's lacrosse is expected to add 50 to 60 student-athletes to the university, athletic administrators have stated

 "Lacrosse is an exciting, fast paced game of skill and teamwork. I'm very excited to add it to the collection of sports already offered at Marian University." Marian President Dr. Andrew Manion said. "I'm also really pleased to be adding Reid to our coaching staff. He has exceptional experience as a coach and a player at exemplary NCAA Division III lacrosse programs."

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MONTEVALLO, Ala. – University of Montevallo President John W. Stewart III recently announced the addition of men's lacrosse as the 18th intercollegiate sport. Men's lacrosse will become the eighth men's intercollegiate sport at the University. It is the seventh intercollegiate sport added at the University in the past four years.

 "I would like to thank the University Board of Trustees and President Stewart for approving men's lacrosse," said Athletic Director Mark Richard. "The lacrosse community continues to expand on the national landscape and in the state of Alabama and we're excited to be part of the sport's growth." The men's lacrosse program will begin its inaugural season in the spring of 2018. A national search to find the first head coach in the history of the program will begin immediately.

The program will play home games at the natural grass field at the lacrosse/track and field facility that opened in the spring of 2016. For more information about the head coaching position and the program's new facility, visit www.montevallo.edu or www.montevallofalcons.com.

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US Lacrosse Releases 2015 Participation Survey

ational lacrosse participation topped 800,000 active players for the first time since US Lacrosse began monitoring participation levels in 2001. For the year, total participation grew 2.2 percent to a total of 802,044 players competing on organized teams.

Youth lacrosse continues to be the largest segment of play in the country with nearly 450,000 players under the age of 15. For the second consecutive year there were 14 states with at least 10,000 players, led by New York with 56,335 players. At the high school level, lacrosse remains the fastest-growing team sport according to date from the National Federation of State High School Associations. Over the five-year period from 2010-2015, the number of schools with boys’ lacrosse rose 29.5 percent and the number of girls’ programs grew 29.8 percent. Indoor track was the only other sport with a double-digit percentage increase in new teams.

The growth rates were even higher at the NCAA level. From 2010 to 2015, the number of new men’s programs grew 33.6 percent and the number of new women’s programs grew 36.6 percent.

Full Article/Survey

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Averett University (D3 VA) & Columbia College (NAIA MO) Add Lacrosse

DANVILLE, Va. — Through the support of an anonymous donor, Averett University is proud to announce the addition of three NCAA Division III varsity athletics programs — men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse and men's wrestling. All three are scheduled to begin play during the 2017-18 academic year. Averett is launching its 14th, 15th and 16th varsity programs, respectively, as part of the university's "Averett 2020" strategic plan to increase enrollment and expand the geographic diversity of its student population.

The three programs are expected to generate 90 new students within four years, which will assist Averett in its aspiration for 1,100 traditional students. "It is an exciting time at Averett University as we drive strategic growth centered on our students' success and their enhanced experience," said Dr. Tiffany M. Franks, President of Averett University.

"We are so very appreciative of this most generous gift that will help us achieve new levels of athletic and academic excellence. Adding these sports will help us to diversify our enrollment pipelines by attracting prospective students from geographical regions outside of Averett's traditionally targeted territories."

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 Columbia, Mo. – Columbia College has elected to add two new sport programs to its lineup of teams beginning in the fall of 2017. The Cougars will be adding men's lacrosse and women's bowling. "We are excited about the expansion of athletic offerings at Columbia College," stated athletic director and head men's basketball coach Bob Burchard. "Adding men's lacrosse and women's bowling allows us to further our vision of providing quality and sustai
nable opportunities for student athletes."

 Lacrosse has steadily increased in popularity over the last few years and is currently in invitational status with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and will most likely become a championship sport within the next couple years. 27 schools sponsor men's lacrosse in the NAIA.

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Southern Wesleyan University (DII SC) Adds Women's Lacrosse

CENTRAL, S.C.- The Board of Trustees of Southern Wesleyan University has approved the addition of women’s lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport for the 2016-17 school year. “I am excited to announce that our Board of Trustees has approved the addition of our 18th varsity sport at SWU,” said Southern Wesleyan Director of Athletics Chris Williams.

“A big thank you to President Voss and his cabinet, and to the members of my staff who have worked to gather data, write the pro-forma and to pitch the proposal.”

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Monday Lax Links

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Earlham College (D3 IN) Adds Lacrosse

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College Athletics Department continues to broaden its programming. Effective in the 2017-18 academic year, Earlham will sponsor men's and women's lacrosse as varsity sports.

"Adding men's and women's lacrosse on campus and to our department allows Earlham to be attractive to yet another population of prospective and current students," Director of Athletics Mike Bergum said. "More varsity lacrosse programs are popping up in the Midwest, and Earlham wants to be part of that progression. The vision on campus is to grow, and adding lacrosse is a great way to move forward."

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Brenau University (NAIA GA) Adds Women's Lacrosse

Brenau University Athletic Director Mike Lochstampfor said the time is right for the fastest-growing school sport in the nation, lacrosse, to join the Golden Tigers’ intercollegiate athletics program. Lochstampfor plans to hire a head coach this summer and begin recruiting student-athletes and marketing the program in the fall.

The plan is to be ready to play the first Brenau lacrosse games in February 2018. “It’s such a popular sport right now with the momentum it’s gained at the youth level and in high schools,” Lochstampfor said. “Even internally, we’ve had some requests from some of our current students.” Lochstampfor said university officials have been discussing the addition of lacrosse for a few years. “It’s the logical choice to proceed with that as our next big venture,” he said. “We’ve gotten all of our other sports solidified.”

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Grove City College (D3 PA) Adds Lacrosse

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Men’s lacrosse will become the 22nd intercollegiate varsity sport at Grove City College, starting with the 2017-18 academic year. The College will field its inaugural NCAA Division III varsity team effective spring 2018 as a member of the Ohio River Lacrosse Conference (ORLC), a joint venture between the Presidents’ Athletic Conference and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference.

 “For many years, the men’s lacrosse team at the College enjoyed a high level of success as a club sport program competing in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association,” said Todd Gibson ’02, Grove City College athletic director. “As the College’s club lacrosse team has grown over the years, we’ve seen increased interest in our ability to offer our student athletes additional opportunities to compete at an even higher level. We’re excited about elevating the men’s program to official varsity status.”

 Grove City College is committed to offering many and varied athletic opportunities for its men and women to not only compete, but to build character – physically, spiritually and mentally. The addition of men’s lacrosse will give Grove City College 11 men’s sports programs and 11 women’s sports programs. Grove City currently sponsors 21 varsity sports. The College most recently added men’s and women’s indoor track and field prior to the 2014-15 academic year.

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Westminster College (D3 MO) Adds Lacrosse

FULTON, MO, March 22, 2016 -- The Athletics Department of Westminster College is launching a nationwide search for student athletes to play for its new men's and women's lacrosse teams, which will take the field in the 2017 spring semester, it was announced today.

 The teams will schedule 10 to 12 games, including home games, away contests and tournaments. "The NCAA has labeled lacrosse as an upward trending sport nationally and in recent years we have seen it become an up-and-coming sport for young people throughout Missouri," said Westminster Director of Athletics Matt Mitchell.

"With lacrosse, we are expanding the opportunities for Westminster's student athletes and future student athletes, and establishing a national platform for our athletics program."

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East Carolina University Adds Women's Lacrosse

GREENVILLE, N.C. -- East Carolina University will add women's lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport with competition to begin in the 2017-18 academic year according to an announcement by director of athletics Jeff Compher on Wednesday. The addition of women's lacrosse will increase East Carolina's cumulative varsity sport count to 20 and represent the 11th women's athletic program. 

"Today we celebrate the addition of women's lacrosse to our Pirate family," Compher said. "This exciting sport allows East Carolina to expand women's athletics opportunities at the Division I level. Women's lacrosse continues to grow in popularity and participation throughout North Carolina and the nation and we are confident that Pirate fans will enthusiastically support our new team as we build the program over the next several years."

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Kent State (D1 OH) Adds Women's Lacrosse

KENT, Ohio - The Kent State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has unveiled its strategic vision, a comprehensive plan that maps out a course for the growing department over the next four years. The plan contains the department's mission, core values and strategic initiatives, including a wide scope of topics ranging from facilities, student-athlete well-being and competitive expectations.

"This plan will lay the foundation for us to make decisions that will enhance our winning and our academic success for many years to come," Director of Athletics Joel Nielsen said.

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Embry-Riddle University (DII Florida) Adds Lacrosse

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Embry-Riddle Director of Athletics John Phillips, has announced that Embry-Riddle will add men's and women's lacrosse to its intercollegiate athletics program. The Eagles will begin intercollegiate competition in lacrosse in 2017-18, which is projected to be ERAU's first season of full NCAA II membership.

 "I'm really excited to announce the addition of these two new sports to our athletic program as part of our transition to NCAA Division II and the Sunshine State Conference," Phillips said. "Lacrosse is a fast-paced, fan-friendly sport that I know will be a great addition to our athletic program here on the Daytona Beach campus. It is one of the fastest growing sports in the nation and we look forward to being part of that excitement and growth."

 The search for the programs' first head coaches will get underway in the next few weeks. The candidates will begin work this summer and then have a full academic year to recruit in preparation for the Eagles' first intercollegiate lacrosse games in the spring of 2018.

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Keiser University (NAIA FL) Adds Lacrosse

Keiser University will add men's and women's lacrosse, and men's and women's swimming to its slate of varsity athletic programs, with intercollegiate action beginning during the 2016-17 academic year. Adding these sports will bring the total number of varsity teams on campus to 20. The Seahawks will compete in the NAIA with the traditional season of lacrosse in the spring, and swimming in the winter.

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Lee University (DII TN) Adds Women's Lacrosse

Lee University will add women's lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport, beginning play in the spring of 2017, according to an announcement by university president Dr. Paul Conn. Conn said the plan to add women's lacrosse was ratified by the university's Board of Directors last week at its winter session in Florida.

"We're eager to introduce this fast-growing sport to Lee University and the local community. We want Lee to be a magnet for female athletes, and lacrosse is a fast and exciting sport that young women in other parts of the country have loved for many years, and which is rapidly growing in the South." It will mark the first totally new intercollegiate sport added at Lee in the past 19 years. Conn and the Board brought back baseball in 1997. "Before that, it seemed like we were adding a sport almost every year. We did add track-and-field, but we saw that as an extension of our cross-country programs."

The decision to add women's lacrosse followed a recommendation by a "feasibility study group", chaired by Associate Athletic Director Andrea Hudson during the past several months. Hudson's ten-member group studied comparable teams in the region, the financial aspects of beginning a team, and the overall impact on the Lee athletic program.

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