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It's official! Womens Lacross at CU

Discussion in 'University of Colorado News and Olympic Sports' started by buff190, Feb 1, 2012.

  1. buff190

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  2. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Good addition to the lineup. We can be good.
     
  3. RK

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    Its a bummer this didn't happen in time to get Emma Lazaroff out of FHS, the girl is ridiculous, had like 11 goals in a game or something once. Going to Duke to play.
     
  4. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    If one more Pac-12 school starts up women's LAX, there will be enough schools (six) for the Pac-12 to sponsor that sport. We are the 5th.
     
  5. CVilleBuff

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    6 is the magic number? Interesting. ACC has long had just 4 for men's lacrosse (UVA, Duke, UMD, UNC), but they do have 6 for women's (VT and Boston College have women's teams only).
     
  6. NashBuff

    NashBuff CSU Knob-Slobberer

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    There might be associate members just like Boise State's wrestling program is in the P12.
     
  7. CVilleBuff

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    No associates. Men's has been at 4 forever (although the addition of Syracuse will soon bring it to 5).
     
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    Guessing Men's won't be that far behind by 2016 at the earliest.
     
  10. CVilleBuff

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    I'd love to see it. There are 60 or so D1 men's lacrosse programs, and I'm fairly certain DU and AFA are currently the only two located west of the Mississippi River. You typically have 13-14 regular season games, so that would be 6 games that would have to be played on the east coast. Granted, you can knock out two games in one trip. The travel would be a big challenge (and it will be for women's as well, but there are at least a handful of women's programs in the West). However, it certainly can be done - as DU and AFA have shown - and the costs would still be significantly cheaper than baseball (I want a CU baseball team as much as the next guy..)
     
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    Not unless the rest of the Pac 12 also gets some men's teams. The next men's sport to be added will be something that the league sponsors. Baseball is the most likely candidate, along with a women's softball program. Both teams will suck bad against some seriously great programs in the Pac 12.
     
  12. Buffnik

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    I don't think that whether a sport is affiliated with the Pac-12 is of primary consideration in CU's decision-making process on which sports to add. In fact, I don't think it factors in much at all.
     
  13. Shldr2Shldr

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    Agree. I think title IX is our concern. Softball/baseball are the end goal I think. But in order to get there we have some title IX issues to work out.
     
  14. GoldenBuff

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    Not to mention the construction of a venue...
     
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    Colorado has some serious instate softball talent. It would take a while but we would eventually compete at a high level

    This is this biggest thing. Each would need their own field. However I am wondering if they shared a side if it would help reduce some cost. They could then easily share a lot of the facilities.
     
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    The Pac 12 wants content for it's network. I'm not sure whether they'd televise sports that aren't sanctioned by the conference. Women's Lacrosse is a Spring sport, so maybe they would. I tend to think that the Pac 12 would prefer we add sports like swimming & diving before another non sanctioned sport. But I could be totally wrong. It's been known to happen a time or two on rare occassions.
     
  17. Buffnik

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    I don't think swimming & diving is even among consideration, sacky.

    Field Hockey wouldn't surprise me, given the large number of women's scholarships (18, I think) and no need for additional facilities.
     
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    Which it is certainly capable of, maybe not every Pac-12 school but BYU and CSU could play as Pac-12 Lax teams. CU certainly would have a lot of competition though as ASU, BYU, CSU are all better than CU. But there's no reason CU can't excel in both men's and women's lacrosse, Detroit-Mercy started a program from scratch 4 years ago and now they have a legit chance of winning their conference.
     
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    Here's the first episode of Club Ball. The documentary series following the men's LAX team all year.

    [video=vimeo;35951041]http://vimeo.com/35951041[/video]
     
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    I'd like to see rugby (men's and women's) added.

    -Fastest growing sport in America (up to 1.1 million participants last year) according to a recent Sporting Goods and Manufacturers Association study.
    -No additional facilities need to be built.
    -Club teams are already fairly competitive (men made the Final 4 in 2008 over schools that sponsor rugby, offer scholarships, etc.) so the transition to successful sponsored sport would be fairly easy.
    -1 school in the Pac 12 already sponsors rugby (Cal).
    -USA Rugby national headquarters are in Boulder which makes it easy for the school to become competitive and leverage/sell that connection.
    -Olympic sport starting in 2016 and an AD-sponsored program would almost certainly lead to CU rugby players being in the Olympic squad. Cal had 8 alumni/current players in the USA's 30-man Rugby World Cup squad last year.
    -Low equipment cost.
    -International prestige gained. People in rugby countries around the world know about Cal's rugby program. CU could quickly gain international prestige for the same reason.

    More reasons but that is a good start.
     
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    I'm with NCB.
     
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    Is Rugby a spring sport?
     
  24. Nor Cal Buff

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    Yep, spring.
     
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    Sold too!
     
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    If enough schools want to make it varsity, then they will move the league to when ever it needs to be played. Not going to happen, but it would be awesome to see CU have varsity rugby. It would probably be 7's, not the more familiar 15's that would be varsity, as that is what will be in the Olympics.
     
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    I think there is 1 varsity women's rugby program in the nation. Who would we even play?

    Anyway, I'm not a rugby fan. It's pretty far down the list of sports I'd want CU to add.
     
  28. Nor Cal Buff

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    1 Men's varsity program at the D1 level and that is Cal and then there are some smaller schools that are D2 or lower in other sports that have varsity rugby teams as well. A couple other schools like Penn St have a quasi-varsity status where they don't offer scholarships but get the same access to facilities, tutors, etc. that the other varsity sports get. A few other schools also have quasi-scholarships where schools offer out of state rugby players in state tuition rates. Cal plays against these teams and anyone who will play them. As it is a sport that is rapidly growing, it would nice to see CU on the cutting edge rather than following everyone 10 years later when other programs have already established themselves.

    There are also quite a few women's programs actually as schools have looked to women's rugby to help balance Title IX numbers.
     
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    CU should seriously consider adding men's lacrosse to our list of varsity sports. Lacrosse in Colorado is growing so rapidly these days and Colorado is becoming a state that routinely produces good prospects that go out of state to play D1 ball. I played varsity lacrosse at Grandview High School from 2008-2010 and during that time i really got to see what the sport was all about in Colorado. A lot of guys out here really care about the sport and you can see it in the time and dedication they put into the sport.

    Colorado isnt the only lacrosse hotbed growing out to the west. California routinely produces teams that are ranked in the top 25 nationally each year and although Texas isnt really considered the "west" they too also produce a couple of powerhouse lacrosse programs each year. Think about the recruiting possibilities. We already recruit heavily from California and Texas for football and basketball, why not lacrosse? With a talent pool stemming from the top players in Colorado, Texas, and Cali, CU could put together a lacrosse program that could flourish in the coming years. Players out west really only have two options when it comes to playing D1 lacrosse; they could either go to DU or Airforce (two private schools) or they could go out east to play lacrosse with the big boys. CU is a public university. We offer everything Airforce and DU cant along with offering an education that cant be rivaled in a setting that is close to perfect for playing lacrosse year round.

    CU needs to add men's lacrosse.
     
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    Until we have to add another women's sport to be in good standing with Title IX.
     

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