Monmouth University’s campus in West Long Branch, N.J., is located just over a minute from the Jersey Shore.

Soon, it will become one of just a handful of beachfront locations fielding Division I lacrosse programs.

The university announced today that it will be adding a D-I men’s team that will start play in the 2014 season.  You can read the official Monmouth press release here. 

The Hawks will compete in the Northeast Conference, which includes Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac, Bryant, Mount St. Mary’s, Robert Morris and Wagner.

The number of colleges adding lacrosse has picked up steam the last couple of years. Michigan and Marquette are fielding D-I programs for the first time this spring. Most recently, Boston University and Furman announced they would both be launching programs.

Will Monmouth’s location — both near the beach and in the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lacrosse (the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut region) — help it build a competitive program.

Stay tuned.


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