By Madeline Brown
After researching options to add a new women’s team to the athletic department, Trevecca will field a women’s lacrosse team in the fall of 2023.
Trevecca athletic officials decided to add women’s lacrosse over bowling or tennis after doing some research, which revealed women’s lacrosse to be a unique spring season sport that would compliment the university.
Other teams in Trevecca’s conference have been starting teams, and lacrosse is skyrocketing in Nashville, especially among private schools, said Athletic Director Mark Elliot.
“Trevecca has always looked ahead to expand their opportunities for women in sports, and to also increase our presence in the GMAC, our league, which already has 6 teams,” he said.
Elliot said Trevecca is already qualified to start building the lacrosse team.
The current plan is to hire a coach by July 1, 2022, in order to give them a year to organize the program and begin the recruitment process. The athletic department would like to have the team practicing and playing games after the year of planning.
While the cabinet has approved the women’s lacrosse team in concept, there are still many logistics and details to work out besides finding a coach and players.
A lack of field space and locker rooms is the main challenge. The men and women’s soccer teams both use the grass field, and to add lacrosse to that would destroy the grass, said Elliot.
“[Women’s lacrosse] is a better fit for the university,” said Elliot.