Concordia University Ann Arbor (CUAA) announces the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse programs beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year.

Lacrosse brings the University’s athletic offerings to 22 teams: 10 men’s programs, 11 women’s programs and one co-ed program.

“The growing popularity of lacrosse, especially in Michigan and the Ann Arbor area, made it the perfect sport to add to CUAA,” said Lonnie Pries Athletic Director. “Athletics is an important tool for us as we carry out our mission of preparing students in mind, body, and spirit for success when they leave this place.” Pries continues, “When we expand our athletic opportunities, we expand our ability to have greater impact on the world.”

Sammi Reiter, a former lacrosse player at Concordia University Wisconsin, will lead the Cardinals into their first season as the women’s head coach. Reiter served as an Assistant Coach for the Stillwater High School Lacrosse team and Head Coach for the Stillwater Youth Lacrosse team in 2013. The University is evaluating candidates for the men’s head coaching position.

“It is a great honor to become the first women’s lacrosse coach at CUAA,” said Reiter. “What excites me most about this opportunity is the growth that it offers at CUAA, in the lacrosse world, and for the future athletes.”

Concordia will become the seventh university in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) to add women’s lacrosse, joining Aquinas, Davenport, Indiana Tech, Lawrence Tech, Lourdes and Siena Heights. Both men’s and women’s lacrosse programs will compete in the spring home contests being held in the new Cardinal Stadium.

For more information about the CUAA lacrosse programs, visit Concordia’s athletic website here.

— Rachel Thoms served on Concordia University's Strategic Communications team from 2015-2022. Any inquiries about this story can be sent to

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