The University of Richmond announced on Friday that it will be upgrading to Division I status.

“If you were starting from scratch, just building an athletic program,” Richmond Athletic Director Jim Miller told the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “lacrosse would be a sport that would be near the top of the list at Richmond.”

And players from the nation’s No. 1 hotbed for lax, the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut tristate region, will be play a big role, starting with this transition year.

Already on board are a large numbers of players on Richmond’s team that now competes in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). Richmond started a men’s club team in 1967 and elevated to varsity club status in 2010. It joined the MCLA this past season after competing in the National College Lacrosse League (NCLL).

For a look at Richmond’s freshman class, which includes players from such high school programs as Manhasset (N.Y.), Darien (Conn.), New Canaan (Conn.), Brunswick (Conn.), Ridgewood (N.J.) and Rye (N.Y.), click here.

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