Tiny Oklahoma Baptist University just added women's lacrosse as an athletics program for the 2012 season. Doesn't sound like much but it's just one more little signal, amongst many, that the sport continues to grow.
They're going to have some growing pains as they figure it all out but it's cool that they're taking a chance on it.
Russell said the NAIA does not compete in lacrosse, and the sport is currently played at only 10 NAIA member schools. OBU’s players will play a mixed schedule against varsity teams and club teams.
“It’s novel, but from what we’ve learned in talking to people, it’s doable,” Russell said. “It would be a hybrid sport. We look at colleges like Lindenwood as an example of how to make that work.”
Russell said lacrosse has been identified as a growing sport in Oklahoma.