May 2, 2008

May 2, 2008

by Matt DaSilva, Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

The Hobart men's lacrosse team will remain a Division I program, according to a letter from the chair of the college's board of trustees forwarded by an alumnus to Lacrosse Magazine Online late Thursday.

Six days ago, the board announced its decision to reclassify to Division III in men's lacrosse, citing competitive unbalance. The announcement came on the precipice of Hobart's upset of ECAC champion and then-No. 14-ranked Loyola.

In a letter from David H. Deming, chair of the board of trustees, addressed to "the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community," Deming writes that the decision "was met with an outpouring of letters, e-mails and phone calls from alumni, alumnae, parents and friends," and that the board was "humbled" by such support.

"After listening to the many voices and perspectives on this issue," the letter continues, "the Board has determined that Hobart lacrosse should remain in Division I."

The Statesmen, who won 12 consecutive Division III national championships from 1980-91, moved up to Division I in 1995 to preserve longstanding lacrosse rivalries with schools such as Cornell, who they meet tonight at 7 p.m. at Boswell Field.


Letter from David H. Deming,
Chair of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees


To the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Community:

As you may know, last Saturday the Hobart and William Smith Board of Trustees voted to reclassify our Hobart lacrosse program from Division I to Division III. The decision was met with an outpouring of letters, e-mails and phone calls from alumni, alumnae, parents and friends. Some have been excited about this development, while others have encouraged us to reconsider.

We have been humbled by the number of alumni and alumnae who have written movingly about their own college experiences and the role that athletics and teamwork have played in molding their identities. What is consistent in all of this correspondence is a strong level of pride and enthusiasm for our Colleges and their heritage. The community's confidence in the Colleges and in our lacrosse program to compete at the highest level has emboldened us, and we are reminded anew of the spirit and tradition that inspires us all.

I write at this time to inform you of the Board's action today. After listening to the many voices and perspectives on this issue, the Board has determined that Hobart lacrosse should remain in Division I.

As always, we will continue to pay close attention to the ongoing development of all of our athletic programs and will continue to uphold advanced standards of excellence in academic programs that extend into the co-curricular and athletic lives of our students. As an alumnus and chair of the Board, I am proud that so many of my fellow alumni, alumnae and parents took the time and effort to express their views. I hope you will join me tomorrow night at 7 p.m. on Boswell Field. We have secured portable lighting for the first night game on the 'Boz' as Hobart faces Cornell in one of the oldest rivalries in collegiate lacrosse.

All the best,
David H. Deming '75
Chair, Board of Trustees
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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