Lindenwood Lacrosse Teams Join WILA for 2012

ALAMOSA, Colo.- The Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association will include institutions from the mighty Mississippi to the majestic Pacific Ocean and everywhere in between as Lindenwood University, located in St. Charles, Mo., has accepted an invitation to have its men's and women's lacrosse programs join the organization for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year and 2012 season.

The addition of Lindenwood expands the women's contingent to five instiutions, including Colorado-based members Adams State College, Fort Lewis College, Mesa State College and Regis University.

There will also be five member institutions with men's programs as Lindenwood will replace Grand Canyon University of Phoenix, Ariz., which announced its plans to move men's lacrosse to a club sport level earlier this spring. Adams State, Mesa State, Dominican University of California and Notre Dame de Namur University of Belmont, Calif. are the other member institutions with men's squads.

As a stipulation to membership, Lindenwood has guaranteed that it will provide a second game against another NCAA Division II opponent to each visiting WILA team when they travel to the suburban St. Louis area. The rest of the scheduling format calls for a home-and-home, double round-robin series between the WILA teams. Those eight games will determine the WILA Championship.

The WILA was founded for the 2011 season and just concluded its first season. Notre Dame de Namur and Regis won the organization's initial championships with 7-1 and 6-0 WILA records, respectively.

Lindenwood has an enrollment of 8,787 students and is in the process towards full NCAA Division II member. Its lacrosse teams had previous played under the umbrella of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association and Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associations.

In 2011, the Lindenwood women went 14-7 while advancing to the WCLA National Tournament for the fifth straight time. The Lions also went 4-0 against NCAA Division II foes.

The Lindenwood men finished the season with a 16-7 mark and went to the MCLA National Tournament for the sixth time in seven years.

In other sports, the Lions have been accepted for membership in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, starting in 2012-2013.


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