|GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman University's new men's lacrosse program will begin intercollegiate play in the spring of 2014, a year in advance of initial projections, and Paladin Stadium will serve as the venue for all home games, director of athletics Gary Clark said today.|
"When we announced the addition of men's lacrosse in February, our plan was to confer with our then-to-be-named new head coach on when to start competition," said Clark. "With the hiring of Richie Meade and all the positive momentum and interest that continues to accrue on behalf of the program, we have decided 2014 will be the inaugural year of play for Furman men's lacrosse and Paladin Stadium will serve as their home field."
"Beginning play in 2014 will be a tremendous task for our program but one I firmly believe is in the best interest of Furman lacrosse and a challenge the young men we are recruiting will be excited to meet," said Meade, who was introduced as Furman's new coach on May 26 in Foxborough, Mass., prior to the start of the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship. While conference affiliation for Furman men's lacrosse continues to be explored, the decision to play games in 16,000-seat Paladin Stadium guarantees a spectacular home venue for the program on one of the nation's most beautiful campuses.
"Paladin Stadium is the premier athletic facility on campus and will be an incredible home for Furman lacrosse," added Meade.
Paladin Stadium is the home of Furman football, which has compiled a 151-41-1 record (.785) and claimed 10 Southern Conference championships, as well as the 1988 I-AA (FCS) national championship, since moving into the facility in 1981.
The stadium features a 17x32-foot LED static scoreboard/messageboard, which was installed in 2009.
Founded in 1826, Furman is a private, co-educational university of 2,700 students in Greenville, S.C., and member of the Southern Conference since 1936.