Monday, February 13, 2012

Sources: Boston University to Announce Addition of DI Men's Lacrosse

Multiple sources have told Inside Lacrosse that Boston University will announce the addition of NCAA Division I men's lacrosse as soon as tomorrow. Efforts to contact AD Mike Lynch weren't immediately returned, and BU takes the ice tonight against Boston College in the 60th annual Beanpot.
While Lynch did not respond, he Tweeted this afternoon, "Excitement on Causeway St tonight spurs huge news for BU sports tomorrow. Check at wakeup!"
IL spoke to Lynch in November about the prospective addition of men's lacrosse, at which time Lynch said "It's absolutely on the table as a possibility. I would say that in the context of looking to broaden the stamp of our program any way we can; we see athletics as a way to do that and reach a national audience. There are a number of sports we're currently considering, and men's lacrosse is part of that conversation.”
At the time, Lynch said an announcement was "not imminent."
IL reached out to an official in the BU athletics department in late January for an update, but was told on Jan. 27 that there was no development to report.
Inside Lacrosse also conducted a reader poll last weekend on the heels of Furman's DI announcement asking which would be the next DI university would be next to add men's lacrosse. BU was the heavy winner with 40% of the vote, while USC was second with 31%.
BU plays in the America East and would likely join Albany, Binghamton, Hartford, Stony Brook, UMBC and Vermont as the league's seventh men's lacrosse team. BU's women's team has won the AE nine times, most recently in 2010, and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in 2005.
BU's athletic department currently boasts 21 sports — including women's lacrosse, but not including football. Since 2004, the Terriers have won 42 conference championships and the 2009 NCAA men's hockey title.
The Terriers will likely call Nickerson Field home. Major League Lacrosse's Boston Cannons played there in the 2000s, and the stadium was home of the 2004-2005 MLL playoffs and the 2006 MLL All-Star Game.
Update: 6 p.m.
A BU official contacted Inside Lacrosse declining comment, but additional sources have provided more details regarding tomorrow's possible announcement. In addition to announcing men's lacrosse, BU also plans to unveil a facilities plan that'll bring an additional field to campus, a possibility Lynch mentioned in his November conversation with IL.
On the lacrosse side, the Terriers are reportedly targeting a 2014 start date after making a coaching hire this summer, and will look to fund the program with the full 12.6 scholarships.