The Lady Flames have faced the Wildcats three times in NLC action and will now compete against the program as a Big South opponent, starting in 2013.
The Big South Conference has added Davidson College as an associate member in women's lacrosse, it was announced Thursday by Big South Commissioner Kyle B. Kallander. Davidson will begin competing in the Big South in the 2013 season, as part of the conference's inaugural women's lacrosse campaign.
The Big South first announced the addition of women's lacrosse as the conference's 19th championship sport on June 8, and the addition of Davidson will give the Big South seven Division I women's lacrosse members. The Wildcats will join current Big South members Campbell, Coastal Carolina, High Point, Liberty, Presbyterian College and Winthrop on the field in 2013.
Liberty, along with High Point and Presbyterian College, is already familiar with Davidson's women's lacrosse program, having competed in the National Lacrosse Conference (NLC) with the Wildcats the last two seasons. While the Lady Flames dropped a tough contest against Davidson in their 2010 inaugural season, 21-4, the gap was closed considerably this past season with four and five-goal defeats, 12-8 and 11-6.
Davidson will bring a longstanding women's lacrosse program into the Big South. The Wildcats will play their 19th season in 2012, after the program began in 1994. It remained independent until joining the American Lacrosse Conference (ALC) in 2002. The program then competed independently again from 2005-2009 before joining the NLC in 2010. During the same season, the program achieved its 100th victory.
"Davidson will be a great addition for women's lacrosse in the Big South. Adding a program that has nearly 20 years of experience will only make the conference stronger as we move forward. We've faced them three times already in NLC play and look forward to competing against them as a Big South member in the future," commented Liberty Head Coach Regan Denham.
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