Division III notes: Lacrosse returns at Lebanon Valley
Lebanon Valley plans to reintroduce the men’s and women’s lacrosse programs that the institution discontinued in 1985.
“The return of men’s and women’s lacrosse, sports that have had strong histories of success at LVC, enables us to provide the largest number of intercollegiate athletics programs in the conference,” said Lebanon Valley President Stephen C. MacDonald.
The teams, which will begin play during 2009-10, will boost the school’s sports sponsorship to 23 sports. The school competes in the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and its Commonwealth Conference.
“Bringing back lacrosse has been discussed for several years at LVC and I am extremely excited that we are moving forward with men’s and women’s lacrosse,” said Rick Beard, the school’s director of athletics.
Lebanon Valley sponsored men’s lacrosse for 19 years beginning in 1966 and women’s lacrosse for 10 years beginning in 1975.
Hardin-Simmons extends record streak
It was a tie rather than a win, but it counts as a milestone just the same – and also extends a Division III women’s soccer record.
With a scoreless tie Saturday against Texas-Dallas, the Hardin-Simmons women’s soccer team moved its unbeaten streak in American Southwest Conference regular-season play to 100 matches dating back to September 2000.
The Cowgirls have won 97 matches and tied three – all against Texas-Dallas – in posting more league victories without a loss (counting regular-season conference games only) than any other Division III women’s soccer team. Saturday’s tie was the team’s sixth league match without a loss this season.
Hardin-Simmons also moved into third place on the Division III list for consecutive conference matches without a loss when postseason conference tournaments are included. The Cowgirls – who have a 76-match streak in that category – trail Oneonta State’s 101-match streak, which ended last year, and a currently active streak of 90 matches at Wheaton (Massachusetts).
The team plays on the road this weekend at Mississippi College and Louisiana College.
Coaching milestone: Southern Maine
Mike Keller earned his 100th career coaching victory in men’s soccer when Southern Maine defeated Plymouth State Saturday.
The tally includes Keller’s stints at Maine-Presque Isle, Thomas and Maine Maritime. He is in his fifth season at Southern Maine.
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