Dayton has announced that it will add women's lacrosse as an intercollegiate sport and begin competition in the spring of 2016.
Women's lacrosse is the fastest-growing team sport in the United States, according to the most recent research by Sports Marketing Surveys USA.
"Lacrosse is enjoying unprecedented growth," Dayton vice president athletic director Tim Wabler said. "We understand the popularity of the game from youth levels all the way to the pros. We are excited to add another avenue such as lacrosse to showcase our student-athletes at the University of Dayton."
The team will play in the Atlantic 10 Conference with Davidson (which becomes an A-10 member in 2014-15), Duquesne, George Mason, George Washington, La Salle, Massachusetts, Richmond, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's and Virginia Commonwealth (adding lacrosse in 2015-16).
Nationals lock up playoff spot
The Hamilton Nationals (9-3) secured a playoff berth with a 17-12 victory over the visiting Boston Cannons (5-7) on Saturday night. Kevin Buchanan (Calvert Hall) had two goals and an assist for Hamilton, and rookie Mike Poppleton (Johns Hopkins) won 16 out of 31 faceoffs, tying his career high for faceoffs won. Paul Rabil (Johns Hopkins) had a goal and an assist for Boston.
The Denver Outlaws (12-0) also have wrapped up a spot in next month's Championship Weekend, with two berths still up for grabs. Two weeks remain in the regular season.
Led by two goals and two assists from Peet Poillon (UMBC, Howard Community College), the visiting Charlotte Hounds (6-6) rolled to a 13-10 win over the Ohio Machine (1-11) to move past the Cannons and into fourth place in the standings.