Launching Varsity Lacrosse At Marquette: Strategic Study

Dec. 16, 2010

Strategic Study (Online | PDF)

Lacrosse is a surging sport nationally, especially at academically rigorous suburban, public and Catholic high schools. Students from such schools represent a core demographic of the Marquette student profile.

The sport is a natural fit for the athletic profile and programming of Marquette. The University currently offers the Division I minimum of 14 sports, six of which are men’s and women’s cross country, indoor track and outdoor track. Being early to market would be a critical benefit in Marquette Athletics’ commitment to athletic excellence, as well as an admissions asset to attract the lacrosse type of young man or woman.

Now is the time to launch men’s and women’s lacrosse at the intercollegiate level at Marquette University. Please review the following information for better understanding of the benefits and challenges of launching the programs.

Moving out of its New York and East Coast origins, lacrosse is growing at the high school level in the upper-Midwest. For example, in Wisconsin and Illinois the sport is becoming offered widely enough to move into the mainstream of high school championship administration.

Men’s and women’s lacrosse are BIG EAST Conference sports. Women’s lacrosse has been a BIG EAST championship sport since 2001 and the BIG EAST added men’s lacrosse as a league sport during the 2009-10 season. Observers expect a realignment of lacrosse conference affiliations in coming years to more closely align with conference affiliations for other sports.




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