Athletics to Add Women's Lacrosse and Women's Bowling

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Lewis Athletics to Add Women's Lacrosse and Women's Bowling in 2018-19

Published: July 10, 2017.

Lewis University Director of Athletics Dr. John Planek announced on Monday (July 10) the addition of women's bowling and women's lacrosse to the NCAA Division II offerings of the Flyer Athletics Department, beginning in 2018-19.

The addition of these two teams increases Lewis' scholarship sport offerings from 20 to 22. Since 1980, Lewis has competed as one of 15 current member institutions of the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

"We are very excited to announce the addition of these sports," Planek said. "Women's lacrosse is played in nearly 70 high schools in Illinois and we would be one of the few institutions offering scholarships.

"It is one of the fastest growing sports in the country and particularly in the Midwest."

"Women's bowling has also become a popular sport in Illinois," Planek continued. "According to the Illinois High School Association website, there are 238 girls bowling teams and adding this to our portfolio increases opportunities for women to compete at the next level."

Lewis Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management, Marketing and Planning Ray Kennelly was equally as excited about the new Flyer sport additions.

"With the addition of these two new sports, we not only can increase our enrollment, but we will be able to recruit in markets that have traditionally been outside of our primary territories," Kennelly said. "We feel it will enhance student life on campus as well as provide additional opportunities for intercollegiate athletic competition."

A coaching search for both teams will begin immediately.

Lewis also announced that men's bowling will be instituted as a club sport beginning in 2018-19 to add to the growing portfolio of 23 club sport opportunities.

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Ethan Sweeney said:
I still find it hard to believe there has not been the addition of the Lewis ice hockey team to the roster of NCAA sports offered by Lewis. The team, even as a club sport, brings a great gathering of Lewis students and family members out to the games. The organization itself has brought in countless students from across the nation just to play hockey, while getting the opportunity to get a degree at Lewis. The team members also put in as much effort as the members within NCAA sports, and sometimes more but are not offered the same benefits for gym access for strength and conditioning or even in academics for being granted days away from class that don't count against them for game schedules. I for one would not even have been an alumni of Lewis University if it had not been the Lewis University men's hockey team.

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