Hartford Men's Lacrosse to Withdraw from America East Competition This Season
The University of Hartford's Department of Athletics leadership, in collaboration with the coaching staff, has made the difficult decision to withdraw the University of Hartford men's lacrosse team from America East Conference competition for this coming season. The team does not have a sufficient number of players to safely compete.
"We are very disappointed that despite our best efforts to support our men's lacrosse program, we will not be able to provide a traditional competitive opportunity this year," said Sharon Beverly, acting vice president of athletics and recreation. "However, we remain absolutely committed to the student-athletes on the team, and to recruiting and planning for a strong future."
Coach Ryan Martin echoed that commitment during individual and group meetings with student-athletes, and said efforts to recruit a full roster will be intensified for next year. He and his staff have agreed to stay with the program, working full time with the current players to ensure that they are ready to take the field next season.
The team will continue to explore options to practice together and potentially scrimmage with other area colleges and programs. The team has been recognized for its impactful community service work, which will also continue this year. All scholarships will be honored.
"While the loss of this season for men's lacrosse is a disappointing setback, I'm confident we will return to competition next year," said Beverly. "Hartford Athletics has always been—and will continue to be—a strong and important aspect of the educational experience at the University of Hartford."