MEN'S LACROSSE COMES TO LA ROCHE
Pittsburgh, July 29, 2009 — Lacrosse, a sport that’s been steadily gaining in popularity in western Pennsylvania, is coming to La Roche College as a varsity sport in fall 2010. Athletic Director Jim Tinkey said that he is currently looking for a men’s lacrosse coach to build a team that would be ready to play next year.
“We will compete as an independent initially, which means there is not a championship within our conference at this point,” Tinkey explained. “But we are confident that this is an up-and-coming sport; we would need seven schools to sponsor men’s lacrosse in our conference to have an automatic bid to the NCAA championship tournament.”
La Roche is part of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference in NCAA Division III. The college now offers 11 varsity sports. During the next two years, in addition to men’s lacrosse, La Roche is exploring the feasibility of introducing women’s lacrosse some time in the near future, Tinkey said.
“We’ve done some research through our Office of Admissions and also with a group of our sports marketing students, and we found that lacrosse is something prospective students want to play at the college level,” Tinkey said, adding that “we would need approximately 20 student athletes on our men’s lacrosse roster for the 2010-11 season.”
During the coming academic year, Tinkey said the college will evaluate locations for practice and playing fields. For more information about the program, people may call the Athletics Office at 412-536-1001.