February 17, 2013

UMass-Lowell adding Division 1 men's, women's lacrosse

By Jesse Connolly

UMass-Lowell will see all of its athletic programs make the jump from Division 2 to Division 1 in the fall. The River Hawks will add men's and women's lacrosse to the fold for the 2014-15 season.

UML's hockey team, which currently plays in Division 1, will continue to play in Hockey East, while all of the Division 2 clubs will transition from Northeast-10 to the America East Conference. The River Hawks will have 14 teams competing in Division 1 next season. The addition of the men's and women's lacrosse squads the following year is being done to match the average number of sports programs at America East schools.

In order to meet NCAA requirement, the school will have to hire more full-time coaches, implement additional athletic scholarships and more with what will be 16 Division 1 teams when the fall of 2014 arrives.

“We think going Division 1 and attracting the best athletes in the country nationally will help us increase the number of students from outside of Massachusetts,” Chancellor Marty Meehan told the Boston Herald.

“When we get students from outside of Mass. there’s more revenue in that, because they pay at a higher rate. The most successful state schools in the country attract from outside of their home state, and this will help us do that.”

At present, UMBC, Vermont, Albany, Binghamton, Hartford and Stony Brook are the men's lacrosse teams in America East.

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