What exactly is spring? Well, it may not exactly be defined by the weather lately, but Northwestern University has a few spring sports events happening that might get you in the mood. 

Check out softball, tennis and lacrosse action happening this afternoon on campus. 

Still in spring denial? Head to these indoor events till the thaw truly takes hold:

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  1. Northwestern lacrosse postponed.

    Lacrosse game at lakeside field is postponed,will be played Monday.

  2. Northwestern Spring Sports…is missing a major element…

    Seems inevitable that Northwestern needs to launch their genuine, Division 1 Men's Varsity Lacrosse team. I offer that this is not a matter of IF, but WHEN. 

          Beginning in 2015, the BigTen will be a D-1 Men's Lacrosse Conference with: Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Johns Hopkins.


         Northwestern in uniquely/perfectly located in the cradle of Illinois High School and Youth Lacrosse: the North Shore, where Loyola (Wilmette), and New Trier have won all of the last 10 or so State Championships. Evanston Twp HS is the ORIGINAL, the very first, Illinois High School Lacrosse team, launching in 1959. The very first Interscholastic Lacrosse game in Illinois was played in June, 1968 between New Trier and Evanston (Evanston won). 

    Randall Mayne: Assistant Varsity Lacrosse Coach, Evanston Twp HS. Founder of Evanston Youth Lacrosse Association (2006-ish, formally organized 2008).


    1. Not That Easy
      Guessing you don’t know about Title 9. It’s not just as easy as adding it. You then have to add a women’s sport so it is equal.

      Northwestern may already have the facilities in place for lacrosse, but still have to pay for more scholarships, equipment, coaches, etc.

      1. Lax at NU actually relatively easy

        I suspect that it just a matter of time that NU fields a men's program. Certainly doesn't hurt to have a nationally ranked women's program and a president who spent the time at Williams. At the end of the day its about competition both on and off the field… The majority of schools NU competes with, be it Big 10 (15), Ivy, ACC, etc. have competitive men's lacrosse programs. Frankly, Title 9 and funding are the least of NU's worries…. just a theory…

        1. Not as easy as you might think

          The Title IX issue is huge– adding a men's sport would require the addition of a women's sport with roughly comparable numbers.  And most current B1G schools do NOT have lacrosse– that's why B1G added Johns Hopkins as a lacrosse-only member.  Without Hopkins (and new members Maryland and Rutgers) therevwould be only 3 B1G schools playing D1 lacrosse– OSU, Michigan and PSU.  

          I enjoy lacrosse and would welcom it's addition to NU sports, but what I would really like to see is a D1 hockey team at NU.  Now that B1G has it's own league, the time is right to expand by adding NU. It is incredible that Illinois has zero D1 hockey programs.  By comparison Michigan has 7 D1 programs, Minnesota has 5 and even Ohio has 3.  Heck, Alabama has one more D1 program than Illinois.  Given the hockey talent in the state, it is a shame that everyone needs to leave the state to play at the top college level.

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