Meredith To Add Lacrosse as Its Seventh Varsity Sport
Meredith College is adding lacrosse as the College’s seventh varsity sport. The Avenging Angels newest team will begin play in the 2012-13 academic year. Meredith is the first college or university within the City of Raleigh to offer women’s lacrosse as a varsity sport.
The team will compete at the Meredith Athletic Field and Track Complex, where President Jo Allen made the announcement on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011. Built in 2009, the complex includes a state-of-the-art soccer and lacrosse facility with a FieldTurf surface and Daktronics scoreboard.
“What athletics brings to us is an ongoing story of power, especially for women,” Allen said. “The addition of this new sport at Meredith allows us to build on our strengths.”
Women’s Lacrosse is increasingly popular in the area. Sixty-four high schools in North Carolina now offer Girls Lacrosse. Twenty-one of those sixty-four high schools are located in Apex, Raleigh, Chapel Hill or Durham.
USA South Commissioner Rita Wiggs, student athletes and other campus dignitaries participated in the announcement, which was attended by students, faculty, staff and other Meredith community members.
Wiggs explained that lacrosse became a USA South conference sport in 2003. With the addition of Meredith College, the number of competitors will grow to nine.
“The addition of another team will enhance that competition,” Wiggs said. “Meredith’s athletic facility will provide a wonderful home for this team.”
The Meredith College Board of Trustees approved the addition of the new sport at their fall 2011 meeting. The most recent varsity sports to be added were soccer in 1993 and cross country in 2005.
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