NCAA independent schools (lacrosse)

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NCAA independent lacrosse schools are four-year institutions in the United States that do not belong to a lacrosse-only conference or a primary all-sports conference that sponsors lacrosse. As of the 2016–17 academic year there are 22 men's and 9 women's lacrosse programs in Division I, Division II, and Division III that compete as independents.[1][2]

Division I[edit]

Men's[edit]

There are three independent teams in the 2017 season. One of them, NJIT, became a full member of the Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) in 2015. The ASUN has a formal relationship with the Southern Conference (SoCon) that allows ASUN members with men's lacrosse teams to join the SoCon men's lacrosse league. However, NJIT has yet to join SoCon men's lacrosse. The other two are new additions to the sport's Division I ranks, with Hampton having added the sport for the 2016 season and Cleveland State beginning play in 2017.

Institution Location Nickname Affiliation Enrollment
Cleveland State University Cleveland, Ohio Vikings Public 17,730
Hampton University Hampton, Virginia Pirates Private 5,000
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) Newark, New Jersey Highlanders Public 10,130

Women's[edit]

There are no independent Division I women's lacrosse teams in the 2017 season. Both schools that played the 2016 season as independents are now associate members of conferences that sponsor the sport. Delaware State joined ASUN women's lacrosse,[3] and Johns Hopkins, whose men's lacrosse team has been a Big Ten Conference member since the 2015 season, moved its women's team into the Big Ten.[4]

Division II[edit]

Men's[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Affiliation Enrollment
University of Alabama in Huntsville Huntsville, Alabama Chargers Public 7,866
Alderson Broaddus University Philippi, West Virginia Battlers Baptist (American) 1,100
Georgian Court University Lakewood, New Jersey Lions Private 1,621
University of Indianapolis Indianapolis, Indiana Greyhounds Methodist 5,200
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri Lions Presbyterian (PCUSA) 12,213
Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, California Argonauts Catholic (Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur) 1,982
Post University Waterbury, Connecticut Eagles Private 1,198
Shorter University Rome, Georgia Hawks Baptist (Southern) 3,500
Young Harris College Young Harris, Georgia Mountain Lions Methodist 1,120

Women's[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Affiliation Enrollment
Concordia University (St. Paul) Saint Paul, Minnesota Golden Bears Lutheran (LCMS) 2,800
Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, Florida Panthers Private 6,631

Division III[edit]

Men's[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Affiliation Enrollment
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado Tigers Private 2,011
University of Dallas Irving, Texas Crusaders Catholic (Diocesan) 2,576
Ferrum College Ferrum, Virginia Panthers Methodist 1,500
La Roche College Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Redhawks Catholic (Sisters of Divine Providence) 1,957
Methodist University Fayetteville, North Carolina Monarchs Methodist 2,300
North Central College Naperville, Illinois Cardinals Methodist 3,000
Northland College Ashland, Wisconsin LumberJacks United Church of Christ 600
University of Northwestern – St. Paul Saint Paul, Minnesota Eagles Nondenominational Christian 2,005
Piedmont College Demorest, Georgia Lions UCC/Congregationalist 2,127
SUNY Canton* Canton, New York Roos Public 3,700

* Transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division III.

Women's[edit]

Institution Location Nickname Affiliation Enrollment
Colorado College Colorado Springs, Colorado Tigers Private 2,011
University of Dallas Irving, Texas Crusaders Catholic (Diocesan) 2,576
D'Youville College Buffalo, New York Spartans Catholic (Grey Nuns) 3,200
Franciscan University of Steubenville Steubenville, Ohio Barons Catholic (Franciscan) 3,000
Northland College Ashland, Wisconsin LumberJills United Church of Christ 600
University of Northwestern – St. Paul Saint Paul, Minnesota Eagles Nondenominational Christian 2,005
SUNY Canton* Canton, New York Roos Public 3,700

* Transitioning from NAIA to NCAA Division III.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Men's College Lacrosse 2016". LaxPower. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Women's College Lacrosse 2016". LaxPower. Retrieved December 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ "DSU Women's Lacrosse to Join Atlantic Sun Conference in 2017" (Press release). Delaware State University. June 22, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Big Ten Announces Addition of Johns Hopkins as Women's Lacrosse Sport Affiliate Member Beginning with 2017 Season" (Press release). Big Ten Conference. June 17, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 

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