This must happen all the time, great news coming out of Great Falls, Montana (sorry, I had to). The University of Great Falls has announced that they will be adding men’s lacrosse in the Fall of 2013. While they won’t be in the MCLA right away, they are hoping to have a team in the league by 2015-16.
Great Falls is an NAIA school similar to several schools currently in the Division 2 ranks of the MCLA. My biggest question is which conference will the Argos aim to compete in. They appear to be around 200 miles either way to Montana (PNCLL) and Montana State (RMLC). I think they might lean towards the RMLC though, as Wyoming, Utah and Colorado are much closer proximity then a long trip over to visit Seattle and the rest of the I-5 programs.
One really impressive thing to note from the press release is the announcement that Great Falls’ program will be able to offer scholarships for some players. This is fantastic news and a really easy way to help build your program. It helps to give it a great deal of legitimacy right away when you are conducting yourself as a Virtual Varsity.
Also check out this interview with UGF AD Gary Ehnes. Really cool to hear what positive things the AD had to say about our great sport.
Good luck to the Argos, excited to see another team join up the MCLA!
Check out the full press release below from The Missoulian.
GREAT FALLS – The University of Great Falls is adding men’s lacrosse starting next fall.
UGF President Eugene McAllister and athletic director Gary Ehnes say they plan to start with a team of about 20 players and a coach in the first year, while increasing the team to 30 players and adding an assistant coach in the second year. By the 2015-16 school year, the team would have 40 players and be a member of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.
Montana and Montana State have club teams affiliated with the MCLA. UGF’s program will offer scholarships. Three Frontier Conference schools – Westminster College, Southern Oregon and the College of Idaho – have lacrosse teams.
Lacrosse is a contact sport in which players pass a small rubber ball around with baskets at the end of long-handled sticks. The objective is to shoot the ball into the opponent’s goal. The game is played on a field the same size as a soccer pitch.