Release courtesy of Franklin College
FRANKLIN, IN – Franklin College will offer women’s lacrosse as an intercollegiate athletic program, Director of Athletics Kerry Prather announced today.
The program will begin as a club team in the 2012-13 academic year. Women’s lacrosse then will evolve toward NCAA Division III intercollegiate sport status as its development allows.
“Franklin College is committed to providing all our students with a broad range of athletic opportunities. Lacrosse is an emerging sport in this area of the country, and we think it will give our female students another exciting avenue to pursue athletically as part of their four-year experience at Franklin,” said Prather.
“We look forward to getting started with a club-level effort and then progressing toward intercollegiate sport status over the next few years.”
Franklin currently offers a combined 20 varsity sports (10 each for men and women). About 35 percent of the college’s students compete in varsity athletics.
The program would be the fourth such entity in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Defiance College, College of Mount St. Joseph and Transylvania University presently offer women’s lacrosse as a varsity program.
According to U.S. Lacrosse, the national governing body of the sport, lacrosse has been the fastest growing team sport at the NCAA level for the past six years.