CSU adding Men’s Lacrosse as 16th Club Sport in 2015
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -
Written by: Bill Sutley, University Relations
Columbus State University
will field a men's lacrosse team as a club sport starting next fall, playing
its first games in spring 2015, Campus Recreation officials have announced.
In preparation for the
addition of CSU's 16th club sport, Columbus State is hiring Brendan Bonacum, a
former lacrosse standout at Dominican College of Blauvelt, N.Y. After
graduating in 2012 with an education degree, Bonacum served briefly as an
assistant coach and interim head coach at Dominican. Most recently, he was an
assistant coach at Briarcliffe College on Long Island, N.Y.
"This decision reflects
the continued commitment to athletics and recreation overall from the
university," said Rick Cravens, assistant director of Campus Recreation.
"I believe that it strengthens and builds the university as a whole."
Gina Sheeks, CSU's vice
president for student affairs, said the move reflects the growing popularity of
lacrosse in, not only Georgia, but beyond the state's borders, where CSU is
attracting more and more students.
"As we broaden our
footprint in Georgia and the surrounding states, where lacrosse is a very
popular sport, this represents an appropriate resource for the recruitment of
not just athletes but also good students in general," Sheeks said.
Michael Speight, Campus
Recreation's club sports coordinator, said he anticipates no problem lining up
a schedule of opposing teams.
"Lacrosse will not only
strengthen our department but will also add more life to our already vibrant
campus community," he said.
Within Georgia alone, 70
high schools field varsity lacrosse teams. At the college level, there are more
than 10 lacrosse club programs and five varsity programs in the state. Although
club sports aren't considered varsity teams that adhere to NCAA standards,
CSU's club teams in such sports as football do play club team counterparts from
other schools and, occasionally, face "second team" varsity squads.
Lacrosse originated as a
team sport played by Native Americans. Today, players score by shooting a small
rubber ball into an opponent's goal on a 110-yard field, using lacrosse sticks
to catch, carry and pass the ball en route to the goal. Defensive moves include
"stick checking" and can include body contact, or positioning.
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