On the men’s side of the NCAA, there has only been one varsity men’s lacrosse program at an Historically Black College or University ever, and that is the legendary Morgan State program of the 1970s and early 80s. But all that is about to change, as the University of the District of Columbia, an HBCU with NCAA D2 Athletics, is adding varsity men’s and women’s lacrosse in 2014, according to an article on HBCUdigest.com.
There is a full article on the UDC Athletics website, but it’s clear that the school is excited to add lacrosse, and feels it will help raise the profile of the school. We couldn’t agree more!
Director of Athletics, Patricia Thomas had this to say about the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse, “We are thrilled to add men’s and women’s lacrosse as we continue to build the University of the District of Columbia Athletic Department and the Firebird brand. Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the United States at the youth and high school levels. The Washington, DC, metropolitan area is a hotbed for lacrosse, with Baltimore and Philadelphia not too far away. We feel like we can be competitive fairly quickly, and we look forward to establishing something very special with the addition of lacrosse. The East Coast Conference has a rich history of lacrosse, and we look forward to competing and becoming part of that tradition.”
Check out the full article on the UDC website! Playing in the ECC is big time, and the competition will be excellent. We wish UDC the best of luck moving forward, and hope this move will push other HBCUs to add lacrosse, for both men AND women!
Big shout out to Brian Simpkins for the heads up on this development. Great find, Brian!