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Roberts Wesleyan adds lacrosse teams; mulls move to Division II

Rochester Business Journal
October 4, 2010

Roberts Wesleyan College will add men’s and women’s lacrosse as intercollegiate sports starting next academic year, moving the college closer to a possible pursuit of NCAA Division II membership. 

Roberts Wesleyan College is a member of the American Mideast Conference within the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the National Christian College Athletic Association. The addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse will bolster what college officials deem an already well-balanced athletic program with more than 200 student athletes and will provide additional opportunities for students to participate in athletics during the spring semester.

“The Rochester area is a hotbed for high school lacrosse,” said Mike Faro, Roberts Wesleyan director of athletics. “We are excited to offer student athletes this opportunity to participate in a sport they love at a college like Roberts, where student athletic competition is a valued part of the character development of our students.”

The college is considering NCAA Division II, which would meet its strategic goal to enhance its ability to attract quality student-athletes.

“Athletics is an important component of our overall academic experience,” said John Martin, president of Roberts Wesleyan College. “Roberts has always stressed athletics, the arts, and a wide-range of academic offerings. As we begin the move to the NCAA, we will continue to exhibit excellence and character in all of our programs.”

If a determination is made to seek NCAA D-II membership, the application deadline is June 1, 2011.

(c) 2010 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail

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