The University of Florida
is the newest member of the American Lacrosse Conference, the ALC announced
today. Dr. Peggy Pruitt, the ALC
Commissioner, extended the invitation to UF late this summer and the Gator
program has signed the memorandum of agreement with the league.
"We are very pleased to
have the University
of Florida join the
conference. They will provide an
excellent women's lacrosse program and we believe the institution and athletics
association fit well with our other institutions," stated Dr. Pruitt.
Florida announced in June that lacrosse will be added to its
varsity sports offerings, with the inaugural season targeted for the spring of
2010. Too few Southeastern Conference programs currently offer the sport to
sponsor a league championship, so Florida
pursued an affiliate membership in an established women's lacrosse league. Florida joins Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, Ohio University, Ohio
State, Penn State
and Vanderbilt as the seventh member of the ALC. Northwestern, the two-time
defending NCAA champion, claimed the 2006 ALC team title. The ALC has been in
existence since the 2002 season.
Starting in 2007, the ALC
will sponsor a conference tournament. Florida
will be eligible for the title with their inaugural season.
Florida will be the first Division I program in the state of
Florida to offer women's lacrosse. Of the 80
Division I NCAA schools offering women's lacrosse for the 2006 season, 75 are
in the southern or eastern United
States. South Carolina announced in late August that
it will add women's lacrosse and expects that 2009 will be its first season of
For more information about
the University of
Florida's plan to add the
sport of lacrosse, please visit http://gatorzone.com/lacrosse/