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UPIKE signs first member of lacrosse team

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – History will show that the first signee of University of Pikeville lacrosse is a goalkeeper from Scott County.

Coach Erica Erb has signed Taylor Bussell, a senior at Scott County, to play for the Bears.

Bussell, who will play goalie for UPIKE, is excited about continuing her educational opportunities as a part of the well-known nursing program at the university.

“The classes are small with personalized attention,” Bussell said. “I also really liked the atmosphere of the campus because everyone was so friendly to me when I came to visit and made me feel at home.”

Coach Erb, who played collegiately at Old Dominion, is pleased to bring someone with Bussell’s focus to the program. “Taylor is the type of student-athlete that we are looking for to represent the University of Pikeville,” she said. “She is focused on her education, and is excited about using lacrosse to continue it here at UPIKE.

“She’s the type of player, through her leadership, dedication and work ethic, that we need to build a program around.”

In addition to her educational opportunities, Bussell is thrilled with the possibilities of bringing her sport to a new campus and community. “As for playing lacrosse at University of Pikeville, I am excited to be able to take my skills and game to the next level,” she said. “I look forward to being on UPIKE’s first lacrosse team.”

Coach Erb and her women’s lacrosse team will make its debut in the Spring 2013 semester.

With its inception, lacrosse will bring the number of varsity sports to 21 at the University of Pikeville.

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