Raleigh, N.C. - Meredith College announced 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.
"I am so pleased that the BOT and ELT gave their approval for us to move forward with the sport of Lacrosse as our seventh varsity sport. I have been talking with prospective students for several years now, "begging" us to start a Lacrosse program so I am thrilled to be able to tell them to come play at Meredith! This sport's popularity is growing by leaps and bounds and I'm proud that Meredith is offering students in our local area a place to continue their athletic career in college at the DIII level," said Athletics Director Jackie Myers.
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 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.
About Athletics at Meredith College:
Meredith College competes in the USA South Athletic Conference. Meredith College currently fields teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. The new players will join all Meredith athletes in addressing the four core competencies of the Meredith Athletic program: integrity, discipline, respect, and responsibility. Visit http://goavengingangels.com for additional information.
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