Daily Archives: December 21, 2010

The Growth Of NCAA Lacrosse: Marquette University Athletic Director Sees Colleges Adding NCAA Div I Lacrosse Programs Based On “Strategic Opportunities” To Attract Student-Athletes From Their “Natural Demographic”


“The thing that I try to spend most of my time thinking about is not this season or next season, but five years, 10 years down the road. Looking at lacrosse is an example. I hope the person having this job 20 years from now looks back and says, ‘Thank God we started lacrosse.’”

Last week, Marquette University athletics announced that it would add add men’s and women’s lacrosse, bringing to 16 the number of varsity programs at the school.

In an era of tight budgets and higher expenses in intercollegiate athletics, it’s unusual for a Division I program to add sports. I asked athletic director Steve Cottingham about that, as well as other topics of interest to Marquette University supporters.

Q: Why did Marquette take the step to add men’s and women’s lacrosse?

A: “We saw this as a strategic opportunity. There has been incredible growth in lacrosse. There are only two men’s and three women’s programs in the Upper Midwest, in five states. Eighty-two percent of our freshmen class come from those states.

“We really thought it was an opportunity, a great demographic fit. And if you look at the schools that play lacrosse, it’s sort of a natural demographic. It’s a sport we thought we could become competitive at fairly quickly. Lacrosse made a great deal of sense to us.”

For more:  http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/112220989.html

MCLA Men’s Lacrosse: Michigan Men’s Lacrosse Is Ranked #1 In 2011 Preseason Followed By Arizona State, Chapman, Colorado State And Florida State


Defending MCLA champions Michigan and St. Thomas earned No. 1 rankings from Lacrosse Magazine in its Division I and II preseason polls, respectively.

This season could very well be Michigan’s swan song in the MCLA. The Wolverines have won three straight national titles and boast LM’s MCLA Division I preseason player of the year, Trevor Yealy. Arizona State, Chapman, Colorado State and BYU round out the top five.

MCLA DIV I PRESEASON TOP 20

1. Michigan
2. Arizona State
3. Chapman
4. Colorado State
5. Florida State
6. Brigham Young
7. Colorado
8. Oregon
9. Minnesota-Duluth
10. Simon Fraser
11. Michigan State
12. Cal Poly
13. Loyola Marymount
14. UC Santa Barbara
15. Boston College
16. Illinois
17. Virginia Tech
18. Florida
19. New Hampshire
20. Texas

Preseason Player of the Year: Trevor Yealy, Michigan

US Lacrosse “Women’s Division Intercollegiate Associates” (WDIA) Lacrosse: Colorado State Women’s Lacrosse Is Ranked Preseason #1 Followed By Santa Clara, Cal Poly, UC Davis And Lindenwood


Lacrosse Magazine has picked Colorado State to repeat as US Lacrosse Women’s Division Intercollegiate Associates (WDIA) champion, but not without a strong push from Santa Clara. The Rams are ranked No. 1 in LM’s preseason poll, announced Monday, followed by the Broncos, who boast LM preseason player of the year Renee Eligio.

Colorado State returns a strong goalie of its own in Annette Greenberg, who played a major role in CSU’s championship run.

WDIA PRESEASON TOP 20

1. Colorado State
2. Santa Clara
3. Cal Poly
4. UC Davis Club
5. Lindenwood
6. UC Santa Barbara
7. Colorado
8. Virginia Tech Club
9. BYU
10. Florida Club
11. UCLA
12. Michigan
13. Georgia
14. Boston College Club
15. Texas
16t. Pittsburgh
16t. Virginia Club
18. Minnesota
19. Arizona State
20. Central Florida

Preseason Player of the Year: Renee Eligio, Santa Clara

Eligio, just a sophomore, led Santa Clara to its first WWLL championship in 2010.

Cal Poly, UC Davis Club and Lindenwood round out LM’s preseason top five.