JSC to Launch Women's Lacrosse in 2014
Johnson State College is adding women's lacrosse to its NCAA Division III varsity program starting with the 2014-15 academic year, becoming the eighth college in the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) to offer women's lacrosse. It will mark the seventh varsity sport available to women at JSC and the college's 13th overall.
The move reflects the growing popularity of the sport at the high school and college levels. Girls lacrosse is the fastest growing high school sport in the U.S. and in Vermont, where 32 high schools now offer the program.
"We're very excited to bring women's lacrosse to JSC," says Jamey Ventura, director of athletics and recreation. "Not only will it enable us to meet the growing demand for the program among incoming students, it will strengthen our department and the college as a whole." In addition, he notes, women's lacrosse is a natural complement to the existing men's team, which has been at JSC since 1994-95.
Currently, JSC offers women's varsity basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. In addition to lacrosse, men's offerings are basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and tennis. The college last expanded its athletics program in 2009, when it introduced both men's golf and women's volleyball at the varsity level.
The college plans to bring on a new lacrosse coach this summer to allow for a full year of recruiting. Competition for the inaugural JSC women's lacrosse team will begin with the 2014-2015 season.