NAIA lacrosse

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Map of varsity NAIA men's lacrosse teams.

There are numerous men's and women's college lacrosse teams at schools that are members of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), which is an alternate athletic organization for National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

The Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) made history on January 27, 2012, by adding lacrosse for both men and women as conference sports effective the fall of 2012. The WHAC was the first conference in the NAIA to offer lacrosse as a conference championship sport.[1]

During the summer of 2015, the NAIA approved men's and women's lacrosse to move from emerging sport status to national invitational. This move allows NAIA varsity teams to compete within the NAIA rather than an outside organization. The first NAIA National Invitational Tournament (NIT) will be held in May 2016. Lacrosse is required to remain an invitational sport for a minimum of two years before applying for full championship status.

Men's programs[edit]

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Enrollment
Benedictine College Ravens Atchison, Kansas 1,750
Clarke University Crusaders Dubuque, Iowa 1,200
Missouri Valley College Vikings Marshall, Missouri 1,300
Ottawa University Braves Ottawa, Kansas 650
St. Ambrose University Fighting Bees Davenport, IA 3,402
University of Saint Mary Spires Leavenworth, Kansas 400

Former Members: St. Gregory's University 2015-2016

Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Enrollment
Aquinas College Saints Grand Rapids, Michigan 2,000
Concordia University Cardinals Ann Arbor, Michigan 459
Indiana Institute of Technology Warriors Fort Wayne, Indiana 1,322
Lawrence Technological University Blue Devils Southfield, Michigan 4,000
Lourdes University Grey Wolves Sylvania, Ohio 1,546
Madonna University Crusaders Livonia, Michigan 3,139
Siena Heights University Saints Adrian, Michigan 2,307
University of Michigan-Dearborn Wolverines Dearborn, Michigan 4,492

Former Members: Davenport University 2015-16

Appalachian Athletic Conference[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Enrollment
University of the Cumberlands Patriots Williamsburg, Kentucky 1,743
Asbury University Eagles Wilmore, Kentucky 1,237
Montreat College Cavaliers Montreat, North Carolina 400
Point University SkyHawks West Point, Georgia 1,035
Reinhardt University Eagles Waleska, Georgia 1,057
St. Andrews University Knights Laurinburg, North Carolina 440
Tennessee Wesleyan University Bulldogs Athens, Tennessee 1,000
Union College Bulldogs Barbourville, Kentucky 765

Independent[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Enrollment
Judson University Eagles Elgin, Illinois 1,288
Keiser University Seahawks West Palm Beach, Florida 600
Marymount California University Mariners Rancho Palos Verdes, California 985
Lindenwood University – Belleville Lynx Belleville, Illinois 2,000
Missouri Baptist University Spartans St. Louis, Missouri 1,109
Robert Morris University Eagles Chicago, Illinois 4,500
Savannah College of Art and Design Bees Savannah, Georgia 8,188
State University of New York at Delhi Broncos Delhi, New York 2,494
Bacone College Warriors Muskogee, Oklahoma 900

Club teams[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Enrollment
Biola University Eagles La Mirada, California 3,924
Dordt College Defenders Sioux Center, Iowa 1,300
University of California, Merced Bobcats Merced, California 4,381
University of Great Falls Argos Great Falls, Montana 2,100
College of Idaho Coyotes Caldwell, Idaho 1,042
Johnson and Wales University Wildcats Denver, Colorado 1,672
Southern Oregon University Red Raiders Ashland, Oregon 6,744
Taylor University Trojans Upland, Indiana 2,333

Women's programs[edit]

Wolverine–Hoosier Athletic Conference[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Enrollment
Aquinas College Saints Grand Rapids, Michigan 2,100
Davenport University Panthers Grand Rapids, Michigan 11,733
Indiana Institute of Technology Warriors Fort Wayne, Indiana 3,500
Lawrence Technological University Blue Devils Southfield, Michigan 4,000
Lourdes University Grey Wolves Sylvania, Ohio 2,500
Siena Heights University Saints Adrian, Michigan 2,307

Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Enrollment
Benedictine College Ravens Atchison, Kansas 1,750
Clarke University Crusaders Dubuque, Iowa 1,200
Johnson and Wales University Wildcats Denver, Colorado 1,672
Missouri Valley College Vikings Marshall, Missouri 1,300
Ottawa University Braves Ottawa, Kansas 450
Midland University Warriors Fremont, Nebraska 1300
University of Saint Mary Spires Leavenworth, Kansas 400

Appalachian Athletic Conference[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Enrollment
University of the Cumberlands Patriots Williamsburg, Kentucky 1,743
Asbury University Eagles Wilmore, Kentucky 1,600
Columbia College (SC) Fighting Koalas Columbia, South Carolina 1,200
Montreat College Cavaliers Montreat, North Carolina 400
Point University SkyHawks West Point, Georgia 1,035
Reinhardt University Eagles Waleska, Georgia 1,057
St. Andrews University Knights Laurinburg, North Carolina 600
Tennessee Wesleyan University Bulldogs Athens, Tennessee 1,000
Truett McConnell University Bears Cleveland, Georgia 1,000

Independent [edit]

Institution Nickname Location Enrollment
Ave Maria University Gyrenes Ave Maria, Florida 1,200
Georgetown College Tigers Georgetown, Kentucky 1,200
Lindenwood University – Belleville Lynx Belleville, Illinois 2,600
Missouri Baptist University Spartans St. Louis, Missouri 4,500
Robert Morris University Eagles Chicago, Illinois 7,000
Savannah College of Art and Design Bees Savannah, Georgia 8,478

Club[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Enrollment
Taylor University Trojans Upland, Indiana 2,500

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WHAC Adds Two Conference Sports for 2012-13". WHAC. Retrieved 2012-01-28.