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NCAA Lacrosse: Marquette University To Add NCAA Div I Men’s And Women’s Lacrosse In 2012-13

Marquette University will add men’s and women’s lacrosse to its NCAA Division I varsity sports offerings, Athletic Director Steve Cottingham announced Thursday. Both teams will begin competition in spring 2013.

Lacrosse is a thrilling sport, loved by fans and participants, and a natural fit for Marquette,” said Cottingham. “The national growth of lacrosse and Marquette’s membership in the BIG EAST make this exactly the right time for us to move forward with lacrosse as a varsity sport at Marquette. We are confident we can build programs that compete successfully at the national level.”

Lacrosse will become the eighth men’s sport to be offered at MU, as well as the eighth women’s team to be added, bringing the total number of varsity programs at the university to 16. Marquette plans to hire head coaches in advance of the 2011-12 academic year to allow the respective coaching staffs to recruit student-athletes for the first season in 2012-13 with varsity competition starting that spring. The Golden Eagles will play as an independent their first season of competition before becoming a full member of the BIG EAST Conference in men’s and women’s lacrosse in 2013-14.

By adding one of the fastest growing sports at all levels nationwide, Marquette is set to become just the third university (Notre Dame, Detroit) in the five-state region of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin to offer NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse and the fourth (Notre Dame, Detroit, Northwestern) to sponsor Division I women’s lacrosse.

There are currently nine BIG EAST schools that sponsor NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse, including Cincinnati, Connecticut, Georgetown, Notre Dame, Louisville, Rutgers, Syracuse and Villanova. Loyola-Maryland is an associate member of the conference, competing in women’s lacrosse only.

Men’s lacrosse was added to the BIG EAST in 2010, increasing the league’s total number of sponsored sports to 24. Seven schools in the BIG EAST currently field varsity men’s teams: Georgetown, Notre Dame, Providence, Rutgers, St. John’s, Syracuse and Villanova.

“The addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse reflects Marquette’s continuing commitment to a broad and successful athletics program — something that has been evident to all of us since the school began competing in the BIG EAST Conference in 2005,” said John Marinatto, BIG EAST Commissioner. “As a conference, it elevates the number of lacrosse sponsored programs in our league to 10 on the women’s side and eight on the men’s side, underscoring the growth and importance of the sport to our membership.”

The MU athletic department has retained former Loyola-Maryland and Maryland head coach Dave Cottle, who will serve as a consultant during the introduction process. A three-time all-American while at Salisbury State, Cottle went on to lead his teams to a combined 22 NCAA tournament appearances — including five NCAA semifinal appearances — as a collegiate head coach.

“Our road to nationally competitive lacrosse programs begins by accessing Dave’s incredible wealth of lacrosse knowledge and industry relationships,” said Mike Broeker, Deputy Athletic Director and sport administrator for men’s lacrosse. “His guidance in helping us identify the right leaders for our new programs is paramount.”

Both Marquette lacrosse teams will be fully funded with the maximum number of scholarships, and coaches, allowed by the NCAA. The average roster size for a Division I women’s lacrosse team is 25.5 student-athletes compared to 44.8 individuals on the men’s side, according to the latest NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Rates Report.

A comprehensive athletic facilities study is already underway and will focus on the future needs of all student-athletes at Marquette.

“It is always exciting to create opportunities and positive experiences for student-athletes,” said Danielle Josetti, Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and MU’s sport administrator for women’s lacrosse. “The BIG EAST has a strong reputation in lacrosse and we are prepared to support our teams to be competitive nationally.”

Marquette University is a Catholic, Jesuit university located in Milwaukee, Wis. and is member of the BIG EAST Conference. For more information on Marquette Athletics and Marquette Lacrosse, visit GoMarquette.com.

For more:  http://www.gomarquette.com/sports/m-lacros/spec-rel/121610aac.html

Lacrosse On Television: ESPNU Announces Over 50 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Games To Be Televised In 2011 Including Duke Vs. Notre Dame, North Carolina At Virginia, And Notre Dame At Syracuse

 ESPNU announces its 2011 college lacrosse coverage of more than 50 games – including a rematch of the 2010 NCAA National Championship game between Duke and Notre Dame in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Feb. 20, at noon on ESPN and ESPN3.com. The schedule includes 53 total games – featuring 35 regular-season matchups, 33 men’s and two women’s games and all 15 games of the NCAA Men’s Championship. Coverage begins on ESPN3.com – one of 12 exclusive games for the online network – with Johns Hopkins at Towson Saturday, Feb. 19 at noon ET. All games on ESPN and ESPN2 will also be simulcast on ESPN3.com.
Schedule highlights include:
  • The Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic from M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore – home of the 2011 NCAA Championship – Saturday, March 12. ESPNU will air a BIG EAST matchup between Syracuse and Georgetown at 11 a.m., and a non-conference game pitting Cornell vs. Virginia at 1:30 p.m. ESPN3.com will carry the third game of the event – Johns Hopkins against UMBC at 4 p.m.
  • The Konica Minolta Big City Classic at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Saturday, April 3, in its second year at the newly opened stadium. The tripleheader will include BIG EAST teams Rutgers vs. St. John’s at 1 p.m. on ESPN3.com, followed by two games on ESPNU – Johns Hopkins vs. North Carolina at 4 p.m., and Syracuse vs. Duke at 6:30 p.m., the winners of the last three NCAA Championship titles.
  • The ESPNU Warrior Classic at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Conn., Saturday, April 23, which will showcase CAA opponents Massachusetts and Hofstra will face-off at 3 p.m., followed by a BIG EAST tilt between Rutgers and Syracuse at 5:30 p.m.
  • Eleven of 16 teams that qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championship will be featured, including five appearances from the defending national champion Duke.
  • Johns Hopkins women’s program will be shown twice on ESPNU – at Georgetown on Wednesday, March 16, at 6 p.m. and at home against Penn Wednesday, March 23, at 5 p.m.
For the fifth straight year, the ESPN networks will televise the complete NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship, beginning with first-round action on Saturday, May 14. ESPNU will televise six first-round and two quarterfinal games May 14-22. ESPN2 will televise two-first round games and two quarterfinals, plus the National Semifinals Saturday, May 28 at 4 & 6:30 p.m. ESPN will offer the National Championship game Monday, May 30 at 3:30 p.m. ESPN3.com will simulcast the entire championship weekend.
ESPN Network’s 2011 College Lacrosse Schedule (Schedule subject to change)
Date Time (ET) Game  
Sat, Feb 19 Noon Johns Hopkins at Towson  
Sun, Feb 20 Noon  Duke vs. Notre Dame ( FL)  
Sat, Feb 26 Noon Loyola (Md.) vs. Towson  
  1 p.m. Siena at Johns Hopkins  
  3 p.m. Georgetown at Maryland  
Sat, Mar 5 1 p.m. Princeton at Johns Hopkins  
  1 p.m. Maryland at Duke  
Wed, Mar 9 7 p.m. Manhattan at John Hopkins  
Fri, Mar 11 7 p.m. North Carolina at Princeton  
Sat, Mar 12 11 a.m. Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic


Syracuse vs. Georgetown
  Noon Maryland at Towson  
  1:30 p.m. Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic


Cornell vs. Virginia
  4 p.m. Konica Minolta

Face-Off Classic (Baltimore):

Johns Hopkins vs. UMBC
Wed, Mar 16 6 p.m. Georgetown at Johns Hopkins (women)  
Thu, Mar 17 7 p.m. Duke at North Carolina  
Sat, Mar 19 Noon UMBC at Maryland  
  6 p.m. Johns Hopkins at Syracuse  
Tue, Mar 22 7 p.m. Dartmouth at North Carolina  
Wed, Mar 23 5 p.m. Penn at Johns Hopkins (women)  
Sat, Mar 26 Noon North Carolina at Maryland  
  2 p.m. Virginia at Johns Hopkins  
Sat, Apr 2 Noon Maryland at Virginia  
  Noon Hofstra at Towson  
Sun, Apr 3 1 p.m. Konica Minolta Big City Classic (NJ):

Rutgers vs. St. John’s
  4 p.m. Konica Minolta Big City Classic (NJ):

Johns Hopkins vs. North Carolina
  6:30 p.m. Konica Minolta Big City Classic (East Rutherford, N.J.):

Syracuse vs. Duke
Fri, Apr 8 7:30 p.m. Albany at Johns Hopkins  
Sat, Apr 9 Noon North Carolina at Virginia  
  Noon Binghamton at UMBC  
  4 p.m. Syracuse at Princeton  
Sun, Apr 10 Noon Georgetown at Notre Dame  
Sat, Apr 16 5:30 p.m. Virginia at Duke  
  8 p.m. Johns Hopkins at Maryland  
Sat, Apr 23 3 p.m. ESPNU Warrior Classic (East Hartford, Conn.):

Massachusetts vs. Hofstra
  5:30 p.m. ESPNU Warrior Classic (East Hartford, Conn.):

Rutgers vs. Syracuse
  8 p.m. Navy at Johns Hopkins  
Sat, Apr 30 2 p.m. Loyola (Md.) at Johns Hopkins  
  7 p.m. Notre Dame at Syracuse  
Fri, May 6 8 p.m. Notre Dame at North Carolina  
  TBD Ivy League Semifinal (site of regular-season champion): Game 1  
  TBD Ivy League Semifinal season champion): Game 2  
Sun, May 8 Noon Ivy League Championship  
ESPN Network’s 2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship Schedule (Schedule subject to change)
Date Time (ET) Game  
Sat, May 14 Noon First Round (TBD): Game 1  
  2:30 p.m. First Round (TBD): Game 2  
  5 p.m. First Round (TBD): Game 3  
  7:30 p.m. First Round (TBD): Game 4  
Sun, May 15 1 p.m. First Round (TBD): Game 5  
  3 p.m. First Round (TBD): Game 6  
  5:15 p.m. First Round (TBD): Game 7  
  7:30 p.m. First Round (TBD): Game 8  
Sat, May 21 Noon Quarterfinal

(N.Y.): Game 1
  2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal

( N.Y.): Game 2
Sun, May 22 Noon Quarterfinal (Mass.): Game 3  
  2:30 p.m. Quarterfinal (Mass.): Game 4  
Sat, May 28 4 p.m. Semifinal (Baltimore): Game 1  
  6:30 p.m. Semifinal (Baltimore): Game 2  
Mon, May 30 3:30 p.m. National Championship

( Baltimore)
ESPNU launched March 4, 2005. The 24-hour college sports television network televises more than 650 live events annually. Action includes a variety of top football and men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as Olympic sports from 26 Division I conferences. ESPNU is the destination for premier high school programming, including elite football and basketball events. The network also has a wide-ranging agreement with the NCAA for extensive coverage of 22 NCAA Championships.
ESPNU offers over 400 original studio shows, including SportsCenterU, ESPNU Recruiting Insider, The Experts, The Bracket, BCS Countdown and is the television home of ESPN Radio’s The Herd with Colin Cowherd. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNU HD, now in over 17 million homes. In addition, ESPNU Campus Connection is a multiplatform, student-generated content initiative to enhance the network’s link to college campuses nationwide.
ESPNU has seen a steady increase since its inception and is now in approximately 73 million households across the country. The network has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers – Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.
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NCAA Women’s Lacrosse: Ohio State Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Alexis Venechanos Announces 2011 Schedule Featuring Duke, Navy, Stanford, Notre Dame And Northwestern

 Alexis Venechanos, first-year head coach of the Ohio State women’s lacrosse

Ohio State Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Alexis Venechanos

team, announced the Buckeyes’ schedule for the 2011 season Tuesday. The 15-game schedule features six home games and five total contests vs. teams in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

“We are extremely excited for the upcoming lacrosse season,” Venechanos said. “The non-conference schedule allows us to compete against the top teams across the nation and will get us prepared for a very competitive ALC conference.”

The Buckeyes open the 2011 slate with three-consecutive road games, beginning Feb. 12 in Durham, N.C., against Duke, a 2010 NCAA quarterfinalist, and continuing Feb. 18 at Navy, also a tourney participant, in Annapolis, Md., and Feb. 20 at American in the nation’s capital.

Ohio State returns to Columbus and opens the home schedule vs. St. Bonaventure Feb. 27 before hosting a weekend of lacrosse against Stanford March 5 and Canisius March 7. The Cardinal and Griffs will face each other March 6 on a neutral field.

Venechanos takes the team back on the road to South Bend, Ind., for a March 10 game against Notre Dame, a member of last year’s tournament field, before taking a 10-day break and returning to action vs. California March 20 in Columbus. This is the final season of lacrosse for the Golden Bears, who will discontinue the program after 2011.

The Buckeyes open the ALC slate at Florida March 26, take on Louisville on the road April 3 and return home for the second conference game against Vanderbilt April 10. Three-consecutive road games follow, with the Buckeyes heading to Detroit April 12, Penn State April 17 and five-time national champion Northwestern April 22.

The regular-season concludes at home, however, as Ohio State welcomes Johns Hopkins April 30 for senior day.

Vanderbilt will host the 2011 ALC Tournament May 5-8 in Nashville, Tenn., with the winner receiving an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament, set to begin May 14 on campus sites. It continues with the quarterfinals May 22 and the national semifinals and final May 27 and 29, respectively, in Stony Brook, N.Y.

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Notre Dame Men’s Lacrosse Announces 2011 Schedule Featuring Duke, Denver, Ohio State, Syracuse And North Carolina

 The University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team has announced its 2011 spring schedule. The Fighting Irish have 12 regular-season tilts on the slate beginning with a rematch of the 2010 national championship game against Duke on Feb. 20 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Date Opponent Result
2/20 vs. Duke 3:00 pm
2/27 at Penn State 1:00 pm
3/06 DREXEL 1:00 pm
3/12 at Denver 7:00 pm
3/23 OHIO STATE 4:00 pm
3/27 at Rutgers 12:00 pm
4/02 VILLANOVA 1:00 pm
4/10 GEORGETOWN 12:00 pm
4/16 ST. JOHN’S 7:00 pm
4/23 at Providence 1:00 pm
4/30 at Syracuse    
5/06 at North Carolina 7:00 pm

Southern California High School Girls Lacrosse: Thousand Oaks And Newbury Park Girls Lacrosse Teams Approved To Compete As Varsity CIF-Sanctioned Sports

Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park high schools will each field a girls’ lacrosse team to compete in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section.

Dr. Jeff Davis, director of secondary education with Conejo Valley Unified School District, said Westlake High School didn’t express as much interest as the other two schools and will not be forming a girls’ team at this time.

“ The lacrosse community is pretty strong out here now,” Davis said. “ It’s really exciting. It’s a nice new opportunity for our girls in Conejo Valley.”

In the past two years, a club league comprising lacrosse teams from Agoura, Thousand Oaks, Newbury Park, Westlake and Simi Valley has been operating in the area under the Southern California Lacrosse Association.

The CVUSD school board approved boys’ lacrosse as a CIF- sanctioned sport last spring, under the condition that the program be self- funded through booster organizations.

Davis said the girls’ lacrosse program was approved Dec. 7 under the same conditions.

For more:  http://www.toacorn.com/news/2010-12-16/Sports/District_approves_girls_varsity_lacrosse_teams_for.html

NCAA Men’s Lacrosse: Virginia Men’s Lacrosse Announces “Nation’s Toughest” 2011 Schedule Featuring Syracuse, Cornell, Ohio State, Johns Hopkins, Maryland, North Carolina And Duke With 7 Games Televised On ESPN

 Virginia men’s lacrosse head coach Dom Starsia announced his team’s schedule for the 2011 season today. UVa, a 2010 NCAA semifinalist, boasts a schedule which features eight games against teams that saw postseason action in last year’s NCAA Championships, including the NCAA champion and one other semifinalist, while at least seven contests will be televised by one of the ESPN Family of Networks.

Date Opponent Result
2/19 DREXEL 5:00 pm
2/22 MOUNT ST. MARY’S 7:00 pm
2/26 at Stony Brook 12:00 pm
2/28 VMI 7:00 pm
3/06 at Syracuse 1:00 pm
3/08 VERMONT 7:00 pm
3/12 vs. Cornell 1:30 pm
3/19 OHIO STATE 3:00 pm
3/26 at Johns Hopkins 2:00 pm
4/02 MARYLAND 12:00 pm
4/09 NORTH CAROLINA 12:00 pm
4/16 at Duke 1:00 pm
4/22 vs. Tournament – ACC    
4/30 PENN 3:00 pm