Tuesday May 5th, 2015

Hampton University will add a men's lacrosse program for the 2016 season, Inside Lacrosse reports.

Hampton, a historically black university in Virginia with an undergraduate enrollment around 4,000 students, currently offers 14 sports and competes in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.

Hampton will be the lone MEAC school to field a varsity lacrosse team and the first historically black college or university with one since Morgan State dropped its program in 1981.

A 2012 NCAA study found that in 2010 only 1.9% of Division I men's lacrosse players were black.

Hampton and Cleveland State, also slated to begin play in 2016, will become the 70th and 71st Division I men's lacrosse programs, according to Inside Lacrosse.

According to Inside Lacrosse, Hampton is also likely to add women's soccer.

- Alex Putterman

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