Wingate University Adds Women's Lacrosse for 2014 Season

Wingate, N.C.---Wingate University vice president and director of athletics Steve Poston announces the addition of women's lacrosse as the school's 20th intercollegiate sport. The Bulldogs will begin play in the 2014 season.

"Lacrosse is one of the most rapidly growing sports in the Southeast," Wingate president Dr. Jerry McGee says. "We are confident this new program will bring a group of outstanding scholar athletes and an exciting spectator environment to our campus."

"We are very excited to add our 10th women's sport at Wingate University," Poston says. "The growth of women's lacrosse nationwide provides an excellent chance for Wingate to provide more participation opportunities."

Poston says the University will hire a head coach this fall. The newest Bulldog coach will recruit 20-25 student-athletes during the current academic year, with sights set on competition in the spring of 2014. Women's lacrosse is one of four new South Atlantic Conference sports for addition to the league's 2013-2014 slate.

"I know our students and fans will embrace the sport of women's lacrosse," Poston says. "Women's lacrosse is a great game ... and very enjoyable to watch. We look forward to adding these outstanding student-athletes to our intercollegiate athletics family."

Wingate is joining in the dynamic growth of lacrosse throughout the country. According to a 2011 participation report published by U.S. Lacrosse, participation in lacrosse on all levels (youth, high school, collegiate, post-collegiate) has grown from 253,931 players in 2001 to 684,730 in 2011. Of the 2011 number, U.S. Lacrosse reports that 260,561 are female players including 112,865 at the high school level and 13,532 on the collegiate level.

U.S. Lacrosse also reports that lacrosse is the fastest growing sport for girls in high schools across the country, with a 48.2-percent increase of schools sponsoring teams from 2006 to 2011. Lacrosse is also the fastest growing sport for women at the collegiate level, with a 31.7-percent increase in NCAA schools sponsoring the sport from 2006 to 2011, according to U.S. Lacrosse.


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