Christian College in Oregon will add Women’s Lacrosse to NCAA Division III Intercollegiate Sports Offerings

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George Fox University will introduce sport in 2012, with games to be played at the new Austin Sports Complex

We are excited by the addition of women’s lacrosse to our slate of opportunities for student-athletes

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, scheduled to begin play in the spring of 2012.

“We are excited by the addition of women’s lacrosse to our slate of opportunities for student-athletes,” George Fox Director of Athletics Craig Taylor said. “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’ squads. Other NWC institutions that 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, currently under development at the corner of Villa Road and Crestview Drive in Newberg, Ore., 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 2013.

Taylor said the search for a head coach for the women’s lacrosse program will begin immediately.

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 debut in the fall of 2007.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the highest Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a national university. More than 3,300 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Contact:
Craig Taylor
Director of Athletics
503-554-2911

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