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Inside Lacrosse: Across the nation

• Sources told Inside Lacrosse that the University of Michigan athletic department is preparing to announce the addition of men's and women's lacrosse programs, with the men's team to begin NCAA Division I play in time for the spring 2012 season, and the women's team in 2013. This confirmation brings to an end years of speculation that the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association powerhouse would join the Division I ranks. A key turning point was the arrival of new athletic director Dave Brandon, who took over on January 25, 2010, and has made several public comments about the prospect of Division I lacrosse at Michigan. Michigan is the first Football Bowl Subdivision school to add men's lacrosse since Notre Dame did it in 1981.

• The Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference may be swelling when it comes to men's lacrosse in the coming years, and Michigan and High Point are among teams interested in joining. ECAC Commissioner Rudy Keeling said "several" different schools were interested in the league and conference officials were holding a meeting Thursday night to determine which teams should formally apply. Officials at both Michigan and High Point confirmed their interest in the ECAC. If a 10-team divisional format were pursued, three sources said within the past week that they expected Penn State to be in discussions to rejoin the ECAC, though coach Jeff Tambroni said he had no knowledge of consideration of leaving the Colonial Athletic Association.

• Army senior lacrosse players Brandon Butler, Tom Palesky and Pat Mulholland — who play Colgate at 5 p.m. today in the Patriot League tournament — recently increased their service commitment to eight years of active duty as opposed to five to secure Infantry as their respective branches. "You listen to the news and listen to other infantry soldiers and you want to be a part of it," Palesky says.

Syracuse's Tim Desko will not play for the Orange this Saturday against Notre Dame, his father and coach John Desko said at practice Wednesday. The junior attackman's injured knee has become infected, and he's on medication to bring the swelling down, CoachDesko said. There's a possibility he also won't be ready for Syracuse's regular-season finale against St. John's, Coach Desko said.

• McDonogh's win over Calvert Hall shook up the Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Power Rankings. The Cardinals moved to No. 7 from No. 3, and McDonogh moved up from No. 11 to No. 5. St. Paul's comes in at No. 18, while St. Mary's squeaks in at No. 23.

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