Green Mountain College suspends men’s lacrosse

POULTNEY— Green Mountain College is indefinitely suspending its intercollegiate men’s lacrosse program, effective immediately.

Limited participation in men’s lacrosse has been a trend over several years at the college and has culminated in a roster that falls well short of what is required to compete at the collegiate level. “This has been a very difficult decision, made only with extensive deliberation and thought,” said GMC Interim Director of Athletics James Thivierge. “The unfortunate reality is that we do not have the requisite number of players committed to provide a quality student-athlete experience and support a competitive NAIA lacrosse program. I empathize with how difficult this is for our impacted student-athletes and coaches. ”

The suspension of the program followed a review and analysis of the program’s budget, facilities, recruiting assets and historical success of recruiting lacrosse players to the Green Mountain athletic program.

GMC will fully support all affected men’s lacrosse players who wish to contact any other schools for purposes of transfer. Also, the college will release any national letter of intent lacrosse signee who wishes to pursue other intercollegiate athletic opportunities.

Going forward, the GMC Athletic department will be composed of seven varsity programs: women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s basketball.

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