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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Lindenwood University - Moving Up

I recently learned that Lindenwood University is moving its athletic programs from the NAIA to the NCAA. This move obviously affects all 21 varsity teams at the University. But more importantly to those of us in the lax community is what will happen to their fairly successful MCLA club; it is moving up too!
This announcement comes directly from the Lions' website:
Lindenwood plans to have 26 sports programs when it begins play at the NCAA level. These include all 21 sports that currently compete in the NAIA, as well as field hockey, women’s ice hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s volleyball. Every sport will compete at the NCAA Division II level except for women’s ice hockey and men’s volleyball, which will compete at the National Collegiate level, which includes NCAA Division I schools. Lindenwood’s other sports will compete at the club level.

Granted the move is only to Division 2 so we will not see Johns Hopkins or Syracuse coming to St. Charles, MO on an annual basis or anything. Still, to have a school in our neck of the woods make the jump speaks volumes about sport's growth in the Midwest. Who knows, perhaps a Valley player or two will be recruited during the program's inaugural season...

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