The good news out of Tempe is that Arizona State is “very likely” to add Division 1 women’s lacrosse in the fall of 2016 . Arizona State currently has a club women’s lacrosse team that competes in the Western Women’s Lacrosse League Division 1 Southern Region, which is part of the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association. If the predictions come true, the Sun Devils will join USC, Oregon, Colorado, Stanford, and Cal as Pac-12 programs with women’s lacrosse teams.
When Arizona State announced last November that it would be fielding a NCAA Division 1 men’s ice hockey team, the University was required to add additional women’s sports to offset the Title IX implications of adding another men’s sport. Thus, ASU added women’s triathlon in April, and on Wednesday, athletic director Ray Anderson told The State Press that women’s lacrosse is “very likely” going to be the second sport to be added The $32 million raised to fund the hockey team also included the money to fund the women’s sports needed to match the Title IX equality requirements.
ASU president Michael Crow said in an interview with The State Press editorial board in April that the two sports ASU was considering adding were women’s crew and women’s lacrosse, but the additional expenses related with crew made lacrosse a more likely decision.