An All-American Sport
By Mark Fleming
Sports Information Director
Moravian will add mens lacrosse as its 18th varsity sport, beginning in the 2002-03 academic year. Womens lacrosse also begins in 2002-03, as announced in May 2001. Both will be available to students as club teams in the spring before moving to varsity status in the fall.
More than 127 NCAA Division III schools offer mens lacrosse, said Paul Moyer, director of athletics and recreation at Moravian. It is a sport that will fit very well with our athletics program and the institution. The interest from our current student population as well as a number of perspective student-athletes with lacrosse backgrounds is certainly a driving force behind this decision.
Lacrosse is a sport native to North America, having originated as a training exercise for warfare, called baggataway, by the Iroquois Nation. It was renamed lacrosse by French-Canadian colonists. In 1867 it was named the national sport of Canada, and it was introduced into the United States in the 1870s.
Moravian will begin a search for a full-time head mens lacrosse and assistant football coach. Natalie Gozzard joined the faculty last fall as womens lacrosse and field hockey coach.
The College currently offers basketball, cross -country, soccer, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track & field for men and women; baseball, football, and golf for men; and field hockey, softball, and volleyball for women. It will become the 11th school of 16 in the Middle Atlantic Conference to sponsor mens lacrosse.
This just in: Moravian soccer teammates Doug Becker í02, Fleetwood, defender, and Scott Heydt í02, Boyertown, midfielder, have been named to the 2001 Verizon Academic All-American college division menís soccer first team.