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posted 12.03.2012 at 8.42 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Central Michigan to Add Women's Lacrosse for 2015-16

updated 12.06.2012 at 2.55 p.m.

Central Michigan University announced Thursday it is adding varsity women's lacrosse for the 2015-16 season as part of a continuing effort to keep its athletics department Title IX compliant.

The school's board of trustees approved a recommendation by its gender equity committee to add NCAA Division I women's lacrosse and women's golf.

No timetable was provided immediately for when CMU plans to hire a head coach, and it's unclear which conference the Chippewas will play in, although Detroit, the other school in Michigan to sponsor Division I women's lacrosse, is a member of the eight-team National Lacrosse Conference (NLC). Michigan's varsity program will start in the spring of 2014.

CMU fields a club team that has played in US Lacrosse's Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I.

CMU will also add two undetermined women's sports at a later date.

original report 12.03.2012 at 8.42 p.m.

Are the Chippewas next? Could be.

Central Michigan University will consider adding Division I women’s lacrosse at a formal session of its board of trustees on Thursday, the school announced in a press release on Monday.

In the meeting, which is open to the public, trustees will consider adding lacrosse and women’s golf to boost its number of women’s teams to 10.

“Trustees will receive a recommendation from the university’s Gender Equity Committee that women’s golf and lacrosse be added to reinforce the university’s commitment to equitable athletics participation for men and women and to ensure CMU’s continued compliance with Title IX,” the release states. “A full report from the committee will be presented to the board and released to the public at that time.”

According to Central Michigan Life, an independent student newspaper covering the university, the gender equity committee was charged in January with assessing CMU’s Title IX compliance.

“Generally, that results in sports for the underrepresented portion … for that, it is female sports,” CMU athletics director Dave Heeke told Central Michigan Life in January. “We think in the next year to two years, you’re going to start seeing additional sports.”

Nine other CMU sports compete in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, but the MAC does not sponsor women’s lacrosse. Detroit, a member of the National Lacrosse Conference, is the other school in Michigan to sponsor Division I women’s lacrosse. Michigan’s varsity program will start in spring of 2014.