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Every new college lacrosse program starting in 2019

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These schools are officially lacrosse schools.

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One of my favorite annual posts is finding out which schools are adding lacrosse for the 2019 season. We all know the Division I programs starting up, but there’s also plenty of schools at the other levels.

This year, institutions from Division I all the way down to the NAIA are getting set to begin a new era with the addition of at least one lacrosse team to their list of sponsored athletic programs. Let’s see who’ll we’ll be welcoming this year (h/t The Growth Blog).

2019 New College Lacrosse Programs

School Name State Gender League/Division
School Name State Gender League/Division
Anderson University Indiana Men's and Women's Division III
Anna Maria College Massachusetts Women's Division III
Ashland University Ohio Women's Division II
Barton College North Carolina Men's Division II
Bethany College West Virginia Women's Division III
Centenary College of Louisiana Louisiana Men's Division III
College of Southern Maryland Maryland Men's NJCAA
Kent State University Ohio Women's Division I
Lewis University Illinois Women's Division II
Life University Georgia Women's NAIA
Marian University Wisconsin Women's Division III
Marietta College Ohio Men's and Women's Division III
Maryville Saints Missouri Women's Division II
Mercer County Community College New Jersey Men's NJCAA
Newbury College Massachusetts Men's Division III
Rochester College Michigan Women's NAIA
Sage College New York Men's Division III
St. Bonaventure University New York Men's Division I
SUNY Adirondack New York Men's NJCAA
Taylor University Indiana Men's NAIA
University at Plattsburgh New York Women's Division III
University of Chicago Illinois Women's Division III
University of Utah Utah Men's Division I
University of Wisconsin-River Falls Wisconsin Women's Division III
Upper Iowa University Iowa Women's Division II
Whitworth University Washington Women's Division III
Willamette University Oregon Women's Division III
William Peace University North Carolina Women's Division III
h/t The Growth Blog

Here are some interesting stats I found:

  • 12 of the 28 schools fielding programs are starting men’s teams, with 10 of those 12 solely starting men’s teams.
  • 18 of the 28 schools fielding programs are starting women’s teams, with 16 of those 18 solely starting women’s teams.
  • Two schools are fielding both men’s and women’s teams.
  • Division III has 16 new programs beginning in 2019. Division II has five new programs for this year, while every other level each has three programs starting up for this season.
  • In the next three years, two Division I schools will be adding women’s lacrosse. Akron is starting their program in 2020, while Pittsburgh will begin in 2022.
  • Two other programs will also join Division I next season, but not as “new” programs. D1 LIU Brooklyn and D2 LIU Post are merging both of their athletic teams to compete under Long Island University. LIU Post has a men’s team and will be a member of the Northeast Conference in 2020. LIU Brooklyn and LIU Post both have women’s teams and will be one of the sports that merges their teams. Merrimack will begin a four-year transition period as a member of the NEC.
  • This year in Division I, there will be 73 men’s teams (St. Bonaventure and Utah are new) and 116 women’s teams (Kent State is new). Division II will have 71 men’s teams and 112 women’s teams. Division III will have 248 men’s teams and 294 women’s teams.
  • In total, there are 392 total men’s NCAA teams and 522 total women’s NCAA teams for a total of 914 programs.

30 total programs join the college lacrosse ranks in 2019. Not a surprise, but the smaller schools are growing rapidly, and there’s some that have desired to start programs, but have had to put their plans on hold (Quincy University in Division II is starting their program up next season).

As for men’s Division I, it’s a notable year for the sport on both men’s and women’s versions. Yet another women’s team in Kent State is welcomed for 2019, while the men’s game sees St. Bonaventure and Utah, the westernmost program at the D1 men’s level, begin their years. Utah could be the starting point for more programs out west, as well as other FBS schools, to start considering adding the sport.

There haven’t been any new D1 schools announce their intentions to field a men’s lacrosse team lately. After the 2020 season, we’ll be at 75 teams with the next to be determined.