ELKINS, WV -On Friday, Davis & Elkins College will celebrate not only the groundbreaking for a state-of-the-art athletic field that will serve the community and its youth, but also the launch of a men's and women's lacrosse program.
Commenting on the addition of the sport to the College's roster of athletics, D&E President G.T. 'Buck' Smith said, "Since we are going to build an all-surface field, we should have a balance between seasonal sports. Additionally, as we move into the new conference, we want to have as many teams as possible competing."
With the start of the 2013-2014 sports season, D&E will compete in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Division II which includes colleges from Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. Several of those colleges have or are planning lacrosse programs, and dozens of other NCAA Division II colleges have lacrosse teams in place.
D&E Athletic Director Ron Palmer says, "There will be no problem in filling a schedule. Lacrosse will not only strengthen our athletic department, but will also add more life to our already vibrant campus community."
Smith says lacrosse was selected because athletes who play the sport tend to be serious about their studies as well as their sport.
"As we broaden our footprint in Maryland, Pennsylvania and Ohio, where lacrosse is a very popular sport for men and women, this represents an appropriate resource for the recruitment of student-athletes."
Initially, lacrosse will be played as a club sport. A coaching staff will be hired and student-athletes will be recruited to begin conference play in the 2014-2015 season.
D&E offers NCAA Division II athletics in men's baseball and golf, women's volleyball and softball, and men's and women's basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and tennis.