A Page -- July 3, 2012

GLIAC Increases Sport Sponsorship to 22 With the Addition of Women's Lacrosse

BAY CITY, Mich. — Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Commissioner Dell Robinson officially announced that the Conference will add women's lacrosse to its list of sponsored sports beginning in the 2012-13 academic year. The GLIAC now sponsors 22 sports (11 men's/11women's) after the addition of wrestling during the 2011-12 academic year.

"The GLIAC is very excited about adding the sport of women's lacrosse," stated Robinson. "The work and forethought of our membership has lacrosse as a sport on the rise regionally and nationally. The GLIAC is happy to add this sport adding opportunities for female student-athletes at our member institutions. "

There will be nine teams competing in the GLIAC in its inaugural season of women's lacrosse, including five full conference members and four affiliate members. The five full GLIAC members that sponsor women's lacrosse are: the University of Findlay; Grand Valley State University, Lake Erie College; Tiffin University and Walsh University. The four affiliate members are: Alderson-Broaddus College (W.Va.); Notre Dame College (Ohio); Urbana University (Ohio); Wheeling Jesuit University (W.Va.).

With the addition of women's lacrosse the GLIAC becomes the sixth NCAA Division II conference to sponsor the sport. Conference Carolinas, the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference, the East Coast Conference, the Northeast-10 and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference also sponsor women's lacrosse. The GLIAC is the only D-II conference in the Midwest to sponsor the sport.

"In light of the 40th Anniversary of Title IX, it is fitting that our conference has added a sport that increases participation opportunities for our women student-athletes," stated Keri Becker, Associate Athletic Director at Grand Valley State. "Lacrosse has grown tremendously in the Midwest with institutions adding teams or exploring the addition of teams. To continue to be a conference Where Champions Compete, we need to stamp our GLIAC brand on women's lacrosse in order to attract those championship caliber student- athletes to our member institutions"

The 2013 GLIAC women's lacrosse schedule will feature a single round-robin format with each of the nine teams playing eight conference games beginning on April 3. The inaugural GLIAC women's lacrosse tournament will include the top six teams in the final regular season standings with the top two teams receiving byes into the semifinals. GLIAC Tournament quarterfinal matches will be played at the sites of the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds on Tuesday, April 30. The Tournament semifinals and final will be held at the site of the No. 1 seed on Friday, May 3 and Sunday, May 5.

The NCAA conducts a six-team Division II women's lacrosse postseason tournament, three teams from each of the North and South Regions. Two first-round games will be conducted May 11 at campus sites. Winners of the first-round games will advance to the semifinals to play the No.1-seeded teams (May 18). The D-II final will be held on May 19.

With the move from the East Coast Conference (ECC), the women's lacrosse team is the 22nd Storm sport to compete in the GLIAC. Earlier this spring, Lake Erie's men's lacrosse team was announced as one of the founding members of the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division II Lacrosse League. The GLIAC currently does not sponsor men's lacrosse as a championship sport.
Jill Dixson

Dixon Tabbed as Assistant Field Hockey Coach

Oberlin, Ohio – Oberlin College Head Field Hockey Coach Anna Baeth has named Jill Dixon as her lead assistant for the upcoming 2012 season.

Dixon comes to Oberlin from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she served as an assistant coach for the past two seasons. While coaching at Smith, she also worked as both an assistant and head coach of the Nomads Field Hockey Club from 2010-2012.

A four-year letter winner at Randolph-Macon College, Dixon was a three-time Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) selection. As a junior she led the Yellow Jackets with 18 points, scoring seven goals to go along with four assists. She added seven more goals and three helpers during her senior year in 2008. In her career She netted 30 goals, including 13 as a sophomore.

"I am excited and proud to be a part of the Oberlin field hockey family as well as the ambitiously dedicated team of coaches and administrators,” Dixon said. “I have the utmost respect for Coach Baeth, Interim Delta Lodge Director of Athletics Natalie Winkelfoos, and the rest of the athletics department for believing in and providing me with this amazing opportunity and for that I am truly thankful. The field hockey program at Oberlin is glowing with passion and potential. I look forward to working with Coach Baeth to unlock this potential and take the program to the next level."

Dixon, who has worked various showcases, campus, tournaments and clinics throughout her young career, graduated from Randolph-Macon in 2009 with degrees in both biology and mathematics.

“There is no doubt in my mind that Jill will be a great addition to our team and to the college as a whole,” Coach Baeth said. “She has a great set of skills that will allow our program to grow and be successful in all facets.”

Dixon will officially begin her duties with the College on August 1.