NEWBERG, Ore. - Adding to a growing list of intercollegiate athletic programs, George Fox University will increase its number of sports teams to 16 with the addition of women’s lacrosse, which will begin play in the spring of 2014.
“We are excited by the addition of women’s lacrosse to our slate of opportunities for student-athletes,” said George Fox director of athletics Craig Taylor in making the announcement Thursday. “Lacrosse is rapidly emerging across the country at both the high school and college levels.”
The newest team at George Fox will compete in the Northwest Conference and the NCAA Division III, as do all of the Bruins’ sports. Other NWC institutions which already have varsity women’s lacrosse teams are Linfield College, Pacific University, and the University of Puget Sound. Several other conference members have club teams and could elevate them to varsity status at some point.
The Bruins will play at the new Ken and Joan Austin Sports Complex which is being developed at the corner of Villa Road and Crestview Drive in Newberg, about a mile north of the main campus. The first field under construction and set to open this fall is a combination soccer/lacrosse field with artificial turf. Phase II of the project will add the venue for Bruin football coming in the fall of 2014.
“The search for a head coach for the women’s lacrosse program will begin immediately,” Taylor added.
George Fox currently offers 15 intercollegiate sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track and field for men, and basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball for women. Men’s golf was the most recent addition to the Bruin sports scene, making its entrance in the fall of 2007.