Benedictine to offer Division III men’s, women’s lacrosse starting in spring 2013
February 16, 2011
Lisle, Ill. – Benedictine University will sponsor NCAA Division III men's and women's lacrosse teams beginning in the spring of 2013, Director of Athletics Mark McHorney announced Tuesday.
The growing popularity of the sport at the high school and collegiate level convinced Benedictine officials to make it available to student-athletes at the growing suburban Chicago university.
"We are thrilled to establish lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport at Benedictine," McHorney said. "With the popularity of lacrosse nationwide and in the Chicago metropolitan area, we are confident that we can build teams that will compete at the national level."
Currently, 176 Division III colleges and universities field men's lacrosse teams and 206 field women's teams. Among the schools in the Northern Athletics Conference (of which Benedictine is a member), Concordia University (Wis,) offers men's and women's lacrosse and Aurora University and Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) offer men's lacrosse.
Lacrosse will be the 10th women's sport and the ninth men's sport offered at Benedictine, bringing the total to 19 NCAA-sponsored sports.
Both lacrosse teams will compete at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex. The complex was the site of the 2006 NCAA Division II Women's Lacrosse Championships.
"We feel strongly that the addition of these programs will allow us to recruit student-athletes regionally and nationally," McHorney said. "We are excited to be part of the tremendous growth the University is enjoying."
Benedictine plans to have coaches in place by June 2011. This will allow the coaching staffs to recruit student-athletes for its spring 2013 inaugural season.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.