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Transylvania will add lacrosse to intercollegiate sports in 2012

Men’s and women’s lacrosse will become the latest additions to Transylvania’s lineup of intercollegiate sports teams beginning with the 2012-13 season.

“Lacrosse is growing in popularity in Kentucky and around the country,” said President R. Owen Williams in making the announcement. “We want to give student-athletes who play lacrosse and who are also seeking a top-level liberal arts education the opportunity to consider Transylvania.”

A number of colleges and universities in the region play lacrosse, including Hanover College, Defiance College, and the College of Mount St. Joseph, all of whom are members of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference with Transylvania.

“Lacrosse, a spring sport, has become one of the most popular sports at every school that has added it,” said athletics director Jack Ebel ’77. “I believe prospective players will find Transylvania to be an attractive option and that our students will enjoy watching the games. Lacrosse could easily become another HCAC-sponsored sport in the near future.”

The 2011-12 season will be used for recruiting and club play. Various venues in the Lexington area are being considered as playing fields.

Terry Justice, head boys’ lacrosse coach at Lexington Catholic High School, has been named Transylvania’s men’s lacrosse head coach.

Justice has been head coach at Catholic since 2004 and was Kentucky High School Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2005. He led the Knights to second place in the KHSAA State Tournament in 2006 and 2008.

Justice helped form the first lacrosse team at the University of Kentucky as a player from 1979-83 and coached at UK from 1984-93.

The women’s coach had not been named at press time.

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