University of Hartford eliminates tennis, adds lacrosse

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) The University of Hartford plans to drop men's and women's tennis and add women's lacrosse.

Athletic director Anton Goff said Thursday the move is designed to bring the school into full compliance with Title IX, the federal law that mandates equal educational opportunities for men and women.

He said the school also does not have the tennis facilities needed to practice in the winter and, ''the financial commitment needed to be competitive on a national level is not feasible for us.''

The tennis teams, which include 10 men and 11 women, will be disbanded at the end of the spring season in 2016.

Goff says any athletes who have remaining eligibility will be granted full releases should they want to transfer. He says athletes on scholarship will be able to keep that financial aid as long as they remain at Hartford.

The school plans to bring in its first female lacrosse recruits in 2017 and begin competing in 2018.

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