NCAA Lacrosse: First-Year Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Program Features Elite Players From 8 States, Upgraded Facilities For 2014 Season

Colorado Women's Lacrosse

Head Coach Ann Elliott and her assistant coaches, Colleen Magarity and Hannah Nielsen, played for the prestigious Northwestern program that has won seven of the past nine NCAA titles. Combined, the three own 13 championship rings.

To prepare for the spring season, CU  is making both short- and long-term  upgrades to the team’s facilities. The Buffs will open their first season with a  game at Folsom Field in mid-February before moving to their home at Kittredge  Field, a space the team will share with club lacrosse and recreational sports  teams.

This summer, the field was resodded in a project that cost $500,000,  Manning  said. The scoreboard and lighting also will be upgraded before the season  starts.

Colorado Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Ann Elliott

Colorado Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach Ann Elliott

.When the University of Colorado announced the addition of a women’s lacrosse  team in 2012, it created a new opportunity for Coloradans in one of the area’s  fastest-growing sports.

But for the team’s first roster, coach Ann Elliott recruited players  nationwide.

“You can go to any state and find a great lacrosse player that can play at  the Division I level,” Elliott said. “Our vision is not to limit ourselves, and  I think the university attracts people from all over the country.”

Among the 20 players on CU’s roster,  only four are natives of Colorado.

“This first year, we got such a late start that many of the very elite  players had already selected where they wanted to go,” CU associate athletic  director Julie Manning said. “We’re really seeing the Colorado players disperse  all over the country.”

CU coaches hope to stock the roster with in-state talent in the near future.  They have been in contact  with area club coaches, and expect to sign a much  higher number of Colorado players in the  next few recruiting classes, Manning  said.

Although the team is in its first season, the university is providing it with  the full 12 scholarships allowed for equivalency sports.

Read more: Colorado lacrosse builds first Buffs roster with nationwide talent – The Denver Post

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