Dialed In: Your Lacrosse Fix for Thursday, Sept. 23

Joe Spallina signed an extension with Stony Brook through 2026. (Photo by Rich Barnes)


Good morning. Here’s the latest from around the lacrosse world:

1. Lacrosse is growing in the Midwest.

Augustana Athletics announced earlier this week that it would add women’s lacrosse beginning in the 2023-24 academic year, making it the first college in South Dakota to add a lacrosse program at any competitive level. The Vikings will compete in Division II.

The university’s Viking Bold: The Journey to 2030 plan is focused on providing students with increased opportunities and fueling enrollment growth, prompting the addition of its 22nd varsity sport.

More here.

2. More growth in the women’s game is coming in Wisconsin.

UW-Stout announced Wednesday it will add women’s lacrosse and begin competition in the spring of 2023 at the Division III level.

A national search for a coach will begin “immediately.”

More here.

3. Joe Spallina is staying at Stony Brook.

Spallina, who has taken the Seawolves to three NCAA quarterfinals in the past four tournaments, signed a contract extension through the end of 2026. The university announced the extension on Wednesday.

The Seawolves own the longest winning streak against conference opponents of any NCAA team sport, winning 54 times in a row against America East teams.

More here.

4. We check in with new Villanova head coach Jill Batcheller.

After leaving Drexel following an historic season, Batcheller is fulfilling a lifelong dream working at Villanova — and the longtime program builder sees limitless potential in the Wildcats.

More here.







WHAT WE’RE READING

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

The fall ball highlight tapes should be coming in fast as official fall practices begin. The Maryland women with the latest.

WHAT’S ON TAP

  • We'll look at Villanova's women's lacrosse squad under new head coach Jill Batcheller as part of our Fall Ball Focus series.

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