MINNEAPOLIS -- Augsburg is creating a varsity women's lacrosse team, to begin play in the 2013-14 school year.

Augsburg will be the first college or university in Minnesota to sponsor a varsity women's lacrosse program.

“I am proud that Augsburg is once again willing to be the leader in bringing a varsity women's program to Minnesota,” Augsburg Athletic Director said Jeff Swenson. “As we were pioneers in 1995 when we were the first Midwestern school to have a varsity women's hockey program, we continue to be committed to be a strong leader for women's athletics.”

The college approved the addition of women's lacrosse to Augsburg's varsity athletics offerings earlier this month. Lacrosse will become the 21st varsity sport, and 11th for women, offered by the college. The addition of women's lacrosse is expected to add 25 to 30 female student-athletes to the college, athletic administrators have stated.

Augsburg will hire a head coach this summer, and begin the recruiting process during the 2012-13 school year. Augsburg has already announced its intentions to sponsor varsity lacrosse to its fellow institutions in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

“I am excited by the decision to launch a women's lacrosse program at Augsburg,” Augsburg President Paul Pribbenow said.

“I am a huge fan of intercollegiate athletics at the NCAA Division III level, and proud that Augsburg is a leader in the MIAC and around the country in offering students opportunities to compete in a wide range of sports in the context of an outstanding academic community. Our student-athletes truly reflect a commitment to lifelong learning, to good sportsmanship and to being fine representatives of the values of our college. I look forward to learning more about the sport of lacrosse, to cheering our new team on and to watching with pride as these newest Auggies join our community."