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Women's lacrosse to become 13th varsity sport at UVa-Wise

WISE, Va. - It has been announced by Director of Athletics Danny Sterling that The University of Virginia's College at Wise athletics program will be adding Women's Lacrosse for the 2013-14 school year.

The Cavaliers currently field 12 NCAA Division II teams. The new program will field a club team in the 2013-2014 academic year. Varsity competition will begin in the fall of 2014. Sterling said the timetable is to start a coaching search for the program later this month with a target date of hiring the coach by late May to early June with a starting date by August 1. "The new coach will start the club program, recruit student-athletes and build the schedule for the 2014-2015 season," said Sterling. "Lacrosse will compete in the Mountain East Conference along with our other 12 varsity sports."

"The sport of lacrosse is growing nationally and is a prominent high school championship sport in Virginia," said Sterling. He also pointed out that, "the northern Virginia area is one where we expect growth in the student body to come for not only the College, but where we look to recruit many of our student-athletes from as well." "We will be the first NCAA Division II College or University to have intercollegiate lacrosse in Virginia, and I feel this will be a huge advantage in starting the program. There is already a great amount of interest in the club team on campus so we will have a nucleus to build upon."

"Almost every high school in east-central and northern Virginia has lacrosse, and there are other Mountain East Conference members (Notre Dame College, Urbana University, Shepherd University, West Virginia Wesleyan University, and Wheeling Jesuit University) that have lacrosse programs. We look forward to competing with these institutions in the future."

Other sports UVa-Wise will be competing in at the NCAA Division II level next year include football, men's and women's cross country, women's volleyball, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's golf.

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