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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