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St. Bonaventure to add men's lacrosse for 2018-19

St. Bonaventure University on Wednesday announced the addition of a men's lacrosse program, which will begin play in the 2018-19 season.

The team does not yet have a coach or a conference to play in – the Atlantic 10 currently sponsors only women's lacrosse – but athletic director Tim Kenney said in a release that the school will be active in seeking both. The Bonnies have fielded a women's team since 2000. (Update: Bona hired coach Randy Mearns away from Canisius.)

"Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, and it is already one of the most popular sports in Canada," Kenney said. "We have a successful club team and significant interest in adding the sport at the varsity level as well. Also, the men's program will complement our women's lacrosse program well and give us another sport that I believe can be very competitive."

Men's lacrosse will be the 17th Division I sport at the Franciscan university. St. Bonaventure added men's and women's outdoor track this year.

Canisius is the only Big 4 school that currently funds men's lacrosse; UB and Niagara have club teams. The Griffs advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and 2012.

Seventy-one schools currently compete in Division I men's lacrosse (full list). Kenney said the addition of the team is a "strategic decision that recognizes an opportunity for our department and for the university."

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