September 3, 2009

Hanover College Adds Men's Lax for 2011

from press release

Hanover College will add men's lacrosse as an intercollegiate varsity sport. The College has started its search for a head coach who will recruit for the squad during the coming academic year. The Panthers are slated to begin intercollegiate competition during the spring season in 2011.

"Lacrosse is an exciting sport that is becoming more popular in the Midwest and I am excited that we are adding men's lacrosse to our athletic program," notes Hanover athletic director Lynn Hall. "It is my hope that once we get the men's program started, we will add a lacrosse program for the women."

The addition of men's lacrosse will push the total of schools competing in the sport at the NCAA Division III level to 156. Hanover will join Trine University as only NCAA III colleges in Indiana to sponsor the sport.

Hanover will be the second school in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with lacrosse, joining the College of Mount St. Joseph (Ohio). Both schools, however, will compete as independents as the HCAC does not sponsor a championship in the sport.

Hanover currently offers eight men's and eight women's varsity sports. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field. Women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.

More than 30 percent of Hanover's student body participates in the intercollegiate athletics program.

The last intercollegiate sport added at Hanover was women's soccer, which appeared at the varsity level in 1995.

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