Growing The Game In The Foothills: Colorado Adds D1 Lacrosse

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Are the Red Hot Buffs next? Will they join the Lady Buffs in NCAA D1 lax?

Editor’s Note: Nicole Dyrdahl dropped her first post on LAS yesterday and she covered the importance of history and tradition in lacrosse.  Today she is back with some HUGE Grow The Game news:  Colorado is making women’s lacrosse an official NCAA D1 sport!  This means a lot for the future of the game out West…

Watch out University of Denver Women’s Lacrosse!  Announced just yesterday, Colorado is FINALLY sanctioning a competitive NCAA women’s lacrosse team!  Talk about awesome news and Growing The Game, right?!

This would make Colorado the second Division I team in Colorado for women’s lacrosse!

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Are the Red Hot Buffs next? Will they join the Lady Buffs in NCAA D1 lax?

CU already has a club team that competes in the WCLA, and pre-season polls this year have them ranked at #3 by Lacrosse Magazine. With that much talent, the newly sanctioned team, set to get underway for the 2013-2014 season, will definitely be one to beat quite quickly.  Add in the fact that girl’s lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in Colorado at the high school level and you have a good recipe for success.

With that said, the Buffs just might become a powerhouse team to beat in the NCAA pretty quickly. Is NCAA tourney participant within 5 years of the first season a reasonable expectation?  Let’s hope so!

The lady Buffs will be competing in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, even though CU is a Pac-12 member.  The Pac-12 doesn’t recognize women’s lacrosse as a sanctioned sport… at least not just yet.  But CU is the fifth Pac-12 program, along with USC, Stanford, Cal and Oregon to add a Division I team.

With the Buffs jumping aboard Division I, maybe that will lead other universities in the West to jump on the bandwagon as well. Perhaps Colorado State University?  Adding CSU, who just happens to be the 3 x reigning national WCLA champions, in the future, would add a fuel to the ever present CSU/CU rivalry.  That kind of publicity could only help spread the game and make girls want to lax it up!

It isn’t clear as to who will coach, or when girls will start to get recruited, but one thing is apparent… Colorado is becoming a HUGE hub for GROWING the GAME, and the lady Buffs will play a huge role in this continuing development!

Are YOU interested in joining Nicole on LAS as a women’s lacrosse blogger?  We’d love to have you!


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  1. From my point of view, this is the kiss of death for not adding a Mens program to the D1 ranks any time soon. This is a move to appease title IX. Check this quote from the AD

    Bohn added, “We recognize the importance of bolstering our participation numbers and meeting our Title IX obligations.”

    This was a catch up move to get closer to Title IX compliance, not a referendum on how much CU loves lacrosse. 

    The advantage for schools that don’t have a Men’s and Women’s program already is that the programs can rise together, see: Michigan. The fact that the CU Men’s partner program is jumping without them doesn’t bode well for D1 Men’s lax at CU.  This is from an outside perspective, but you now need to find another women’s team sport with somewhat equivalent opportunities to bring the Men’s program D1. Not an easy task. 

    Happy for the Women’s team, not optimistic for the Men’s. 

    • a fair point, but one has to consider that WITHOUT this move, CU would be EVEN further from adding men’s lacrosse.  If more women’s team are added, I could see CU adding a men’s team, especially as the sport grows in the state.

      To me, it is a GTG moment on the women’s side, which should be celebrated.  As far as the men’s team goes, it opens more doors than it closes IMHO, and I’m happy to see it go down.

      Really appreciate the insightful comment though!!!!