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CSU adds men's lacrosse as club sport

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Columbus State University will add a men's lacrosse team as a club sport starting next fall, playing its first games in spring 2015.

For the addition of the university's 16th club sport, Columbus State is hiring Brendan Bonacum, a former lacrosse player at Dominican College in Blauvelt, N.Y. Bonacum served briefly as an assistant coach and interim head coach at Dominican. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at Briarcliffe College on Long Island, N.Y.

Gina Sheeks, CSU's vice president for student affairs, said the move reflects the growing popularity of lacrosse not only in Georgia, but beyond the state's borders.

"As we broaden our footprint in Georgia and the surrounding states, where lacrosse is a very popular sport, this represents an appropriate resource for the recruitment of not just athletes but also good students in general," Sheeks said.

Michael Speight, Campus Recreation's club sports coordinator, said he anticipates no problem lining up a schedule of opposing teams.

"Lacrosse will not only strengthen our department but will also add more life to our already vibrant campus community," he said.

Within Georgia alone, 70 high schools field varsity lacrosse teams. At the college level, there are more than 10 lacrosse club programs and five varsity programs in the state. CSU's club teams do play club team counterparts from other schools and, occasionally, face "second team" varsity squads.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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