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Naval Academy To Add Women's Lacrosse In 2008

June 10, 2006

ANNAPOLIS, Md.-Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk announced Saturday that the women's lacrosse program will be elevated from club to varsity status for the 2008 season. A national search for a head coach will begin immediately.

"I am pleased that through the results of our year-long Physical Mission study, one recommendation has been the immediate elevation of women's lacrosse from club to varsity status," said Gladchuk. "This is truly an exciting day at the Academy. Our commitment shall be nothing short of whatever is necessary to set the stage for our women to compete at the highest level of Division I play. We have the facilities, the resources have been allocated, and now we expect to attract an outstanding leader, coach and administrator who will embrace this historic opportunity."

Navy will play a full club schedule this spring, including games against a number of varsity programs. In the spring of 2008, the team will become a full member of the Patriot League and will compete for the league championship and an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. The team will play its home games in the finest lacrosse facility in the nation, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Navy will now field 31 varsity sports program in 2008, making it one of the largest athletic programs in the country.



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