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University of Richmond adds lacrosse, drops soccer and track and field

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,College,Craig Stouffer

When Title IX claims a sport at a particular college, usually it's because a women's program is being added. In the University of Richmond's case, it's one for the men.

The Spiders have announced the addition of Division I men's lacrosse, a growing sport that better fits the university's profile. Men's soccer and men's track and field are being sacrificed to make room.

Richmond hosted the NCAA Division I men's soccer tournament for four straight years from 1995-98, but the Spiders have had just one winning season since 2003. Former coach Clint Peay, who played at Virginia and for D.C. United, left this summer to join U.S. Soccer. Spiders alum Leigh Cowlishaw, who also coaches the minor league Richmond Kickers, stepped in as an interim replacement.

Lacrosse is on the rise and with just 61 Division I programs as of last spring -- as opposed to hundreds in soccer -- Richmond decided it has a better chance to make an impact.

- Craig Stouffer

cstouffer@washingtonexaminer.com

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