GREENWOOD – Gulf South Conference Commissioner Matt Wilson has announced the addition of Lander women's lacrosse as the conference's sixth team beginning on July 1, 2019. The Bearcats will compete in the GSC along with Alabama Huntsville, Lee, Montevallo, Shorter, and Young Harris in the spring of 2020.
Lander will be participating in its first season of competition after announcing the addition of a women's lacrosse program in May of 2018. The Bearcats are led by head coach Bob Dachille.
"Lander is honored and excited to be joining the GSC in women's lacrosse," said Lander athletics director Brian Reese. "We believe the GSC will be a great home for our new program and are proud to be associated with a conference that is made up of outstanding institutions, both academically and athletically."
The Bearcats will immediately be eligible for all league awards and championship opportunities in their first year of play.
"As the Gulf South Conference looks to grow, develop, and strengthen its standing in women's lacrosse, Lander proved to be a perfect fit for our league," said Wilson. "Lander has a rich athletic tradition, and we are excited about what their addition means for the GSC and the continued advancement of women's lacrosse."
Lander is the second affiliate member to join the GSC in women's lacrosse. Young Harris has been an affiliate member since the very first season of GSC women's lacrosse in 2016.
THE GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE
The Gulf South Conference (GSC) sponsors 17 sports, including 16 championship events. Official sponsored sports include baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, football, men's and women's golf, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's track and field, and volleyball. For the fourth year, the conference will classify women's lacrosse as an "emerging sport." GSC is home to 51 national champions in 13 sports, one individual men's cross country champion, five men's golf individual champions, and one track and field champion, as well as more than 150 regional titles. The conference saw all 13 full-time institutions either earn a conference title or advance to NCAA Championship action in 2017-18. For more information, please visit www.gscsports.org.