A very disappointing evening, for sure. Lots of circular talk, no real discussion of any alternative options that came up in the many confidential meetings that led to the decision.
Here's what I took away from it:
1. They couldn't have just added an additional women's sport because: a.) It requires somewhere in the neighborhood of $20 million dollar endowment to do that, and b.) For it's size, the school has enough athletic programs already.
2. The decision to cut track really only effects the 6 "track-only" athletes, not those who also run cross country. Cross country/track athletes are the only athletes on campus that occupy three roster spots over a year, and the sacrifice of indoor and outdoor track (which will free up roster spots and sports funding) will be a benefit for not only lacrosse, but the other remaining sports teams.
3. Elevating the lacrosse program will secure a "pipeline" with many prep schools in the mid-atlantic region. It was not discussed whether this meant only lacrosse players or whether the presence of a D-1 lacrosse program at Richmond would attract non-athletes from these same schools.
4. The decision to move forward with this plan was made before the money existed to make it feasible.
A lot was said, but I doubt anyone left satisfied. I hope that the movement continues.