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Old 09-21-2012, 12:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I know the minor sports get mocked on here, but thought some might be interested to know that UR has decided to eliminate its men's soccer and track and field teams in order to elevate its men's lacrosse program to varsity status. Just last year UR moved the lacrosse team from club status to varsity club status, giving it additional resources in terms of coaching, money, and more, but now they've decided to take it all the way up to varsity.

The A-10 doesn't sponsor men's lacrosse, and there is no word yet on what conference UR will be looking to join as an associate member for lacrosse. Would imagine CAA is most likely, with UMass and St. Joe's already there.

Menís soccer and track & field cut in favor of lacrosse

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Lacrosse is a very fun sport to watch, and if you can get a successful program going it'll be great.

I'd recommend http://www.insidelacrosse.com/ for your website to get news from, I've found it to be pretty good. Though the people who comment there tend to hate everyone who isn't a traditional lacrosse power school. (aka a lot of them were very upset when Loyola actually pulled out the win last year)


Though it is very unfortunate that some programs had to be cut for this to happen.
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Old 09-21-2012, 01:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Track has got to be a crazy program to run.

I wish Bonas had men's lax, as it is indeed fun to watch and I think really is what a lot of kids are playing.
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Our athletic department doesnt make too many bad decisions this is one.
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It breaks my heart to see colleges dropping sports.
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Old 09-21-2012, 04:40 PM   #6 (permalink)
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It breaks my heart to see colleges dropping sports.
especially soccer (imho)

since A-10 does not sponsor men's LAX
does that mean CAA affilation?
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does that mean CAA affilation?
Presumably. Though there is still no shortage of bad blood between the CAA and us...
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We're already an affiliate member of the CAA for women's golf, so there is a precedent there despite the bad blood.
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You should join the PL in lacrosse. It's a good lacrosse conference and even better know with defending national champ Loyola joining.

I'd really hate to see Fordham drop soccer, but I think they need to elavate lacrosse very soon.
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Wish Temple would do the same. No reason a school in Philly shouldn't have lacrosse.
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You should join the PL in lacrosse. It's a good lacrosse conference and even better know with defending national champ Loyola joining.
According to our AD, we are indeed looking at the CAA and Patriot as potential homes for our lax program.
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Why lacrosse over soccer?
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Why lacrosse over soccer?
Some wealthy donors really want lacrosse. The real villain here is Title IX.
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Rumor has it that these are flying off the shelves in Richmond:


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Seeing how a recent ESPN report found soccer to be the 2nd most popular sport among the age group 12-24 I don't see how this can be a good move. Although, it's not exactly that hard to start a soccer team back up in UR's case.
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