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Could Florida State be adding lacrosse?

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Another varsity sport for the ’Noles may be in the works.

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Seminole supporters may soon have another squad for which to root at FSU. SB Nation’s collegiate lacrosse website, CollegeCrosse.com, published a piece last night that discusses what seems like a very realistic possibility of the ’Noles adding lacrosse as a varsity sport in the near future.

I’m not going to run through all the details here, but the full, well-detailed piece is based on a FOIA request to which Florida State has responded, including several emails between Athletic Director Stan Wilcox and prominent alumni. It sounds like women’s lacrosse would likely be the first sport added, but men’s lacrosse could follow.

Currently, eight ACC schools have varsity women’s lacrosse teams, and five boast men’s programs:

Women’s ACC lacrosse teams

  • Boston College
  • Duke
  • Louisville
  • North Carolina
  • Notre Dame
  • Syracuse
  • Virginia
  • Virginia Tech

Men’s ACC lacrosse teams

  • Duke
  • North Carolina
  • Notre Dame
  • Syracuse
  • Virginia

Lacrosse is a rapidly growing sport, particularly on the east coast, and these teams have found ample success on the national level. On the women’s side, North Carolina and Virginia have won multiple national titles since ladies lacrosse became an NCAA championship sport in 1982. Lacrosse became an NCAA title sport for men in 1971, and in the years since, Duke, UNC, Syracuse, and UVA have all won numerous national championships.