Corban University (NAIA OR) Adds Men's and Women's Lacrosse

SALEM, Ore. – Corban University Athletic Director Twiggs Reed announced on Monday that the Warriors would be adding two varsity programs, with men's and women's lacrosse officially joining the sporting slate in the fall of 2019 at Corban.

 "This is an exciting time for Corban University and our athletic department," said Reed. "Lacrosse has been the fastest growing sport in America for the past 20 years, and it is a part of our strategic plan to increase student enrollment as well as to bring high-character, Christ-centered students to our campus. I'm excited for the future of Corban Athletics, and I'm thrilled with the addition of these two teams!"

 The addition of these two programs bring Corban's total varsity teams to 16. It joins men's wrestling as one of three new varsity athletic programs that begin in the fall of 2019 at Corban. "We are ecstatic about bringing men's and women's lacrosse to Corban," said Corban University President Sheldon Nord. "It provides a fantastic opportunity for Christian lacrosse players to come to a University where they can learn about how to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ while getting to play the sport that they love, and that is something we believe is very exciting."

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Merrimack Elevates Sports to D1, Joins Northeast Conference

MANSFIELD, Mass. –Today, Merrimack College informed the Northeast-10 Conference that it has officially accepted an invitation to join the Division I Northeast Conference and begin a reclassification to NCAA Division I status. Merrimack and its 22 Division II varsity programs will join the NEC for the 2019-20 academic year. The Warriors’ 35 year affiliation with the NE10 will end on June 30, 2019.

“While a conference never likes to lose a valued member, the NE10 wishes Merrimack the best of luck as it enters this new phase of its athletics history with the impending reclassification into Division I. Over the course of their 35 year association with the NE10, the Warriors have strongly contributed to the level of excellence the Conference is proud to be known for,” said NE10 commissioner Julie Ruppert. “As they end their relationship with the NE10 this year, they do so with our collective best wishes. I’m pleased that our Council of Presidents has ensured that this transition will be amicable and smooth.”

 “Merrimack College will always be proud of its long relationship with the Northeast-10 Conference, one that dates back to 1984. The NE10 is unrivaled at the Division II level in providing outstanding athletic and academic opportunities to its student athletes”, said Merrimack director of athletics Jeremy Gibson. “We are especially grateful to Commissioner Julie Ruppert and the entire NE10 membership for their support of Merrimack’s ambitions through this reclassification process.”

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