Coast Guard men's, women's teams moving to D-III in 2015

The U.S. Coast Guard announced this week that it will elevate its men's and women's club lacrosse teams to Division III varsity status effective with the 2014-2015 academic year. The teams will compete in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference in the spring of 2015.

"This is a very significant stride for the CGA athletics program," athletic director Tim Fitzpatrick said. "It's a great thing to be able to accommodate the interests and talents of so many cadets by bringing two very strong club programs to the varsity level. The popularity and growth of lacrosse both regionally and nationally in the recent past is very well documented. We look forward to the addition of the two lacrosse programs helping us attract more of our nation's best and brightest student-athletes to the academy."

The men's team, which began play in 1984, just finished a historic season, advancing to the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association national championship tournament for the first time. The Bears defeated Sam Houston State, 19-8, in the opening round before losing to St. Thomas, 18-8, in the quarterfinals on Tuesday in Greenville, S.C.

The women's team debuted in the spring of 2005.

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