Alumni Call For The Return Of Varsity Lacrosse
Published: Thursday, December 6, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 18:01
Michigan, for example, went 2-15 in its first season, and one of those two wins came in an exhibition game.
Weather, distance, and practice space are problems too, Nemia said. The closest ACC lacrosse team would be at Syracuse, a six-hour drive away. Lacrosse season begins when there’s often still snow on the ground in New England—Syracuse plays under a dome. And Nemia says there’s a shortage of athletic fields.
But Bitter says BC could have a competitive program within four or five years. BC “has immediate potential to be a top-tier D1 program,” Perraut said. “The entire lacrosse world has speculated they should go D1 in the near future. It would increase the ACC lacrosse conference, and would bring much more attention to the sport.”
There’s also about to be a hole in the conference, with Maryland and its lacrosse team departing for the Big Ten.
Alumni who want lacrosse returned to BC say it would attract big crowds. “Go visit any of those schools—Duke, UNC, Georgetown,” Bitter said. “You see 2,000 or 3,000 people there. They love it.” When No. 9 UNC hosted No. 1 UVA in April, more than 5,000 people attended.
Chris Osnato, UGBC president, points out that club lacrosse is already popular with students. Varsity games would be even better attended, he says. “People want to see the best.”
James Heffernan, BC ’98, says he and others plan to keep the heat on Bates.
“I know he’s focused on football, and there’s a lot of pressure on him, but we’re going to try and steal his attention away,” Heffernan said. “There’s a lot of guys interested in this thing.”
One is McLane.
“I would love these kids to get the same opportunity I had,” McLane said.
This story was reported and written by students in UN23301: Advanced Journalism.