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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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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