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A new era in ONU Athletics begins this weekend.

The Ohio Northern men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will open their inaugural seasons with a double header on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, at Dial-Roberson Stadium. The Polar Bear men, under the guidance of head coach Nat St. Laurent, will play the first-ever game in program history at 1 p.m. against Franciscan. The Polar Bear women follow with their first-ever contest against Olivet (Mich.) at 4 p.m. under head coach Beth Hemminger.

This represents the first new varsity sport since women’s golf was added in 1996-97. And it’s the first new men’s sport since soccer started in 1975. In the OAC, Ohio Northern is the eighth school to add lacrosse to its athletic offerings for student-athletes.

The men’s coach is Nat St. Laurent, who previously served as an assistant lacrosse coach at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., where he was offensive coordinator. The women’s coach is Beth Hemminger, who was the head coach at Wittenberg for the past three seasons and guided her teams to a 38-12 record and a perfect 22-0 league record during that time.

“There is a tremendous amount of excitement to build this program from scratch,” St. Laurent says. “I am able to have a say in everything that happens with the program and recruit my own players. The thought of building something with my own stamp on it from the get-go is an awesome feeling.”

“ONU has tremendous resources academically, athletically and geographically, in terms of both the University and the sport,” adds Hemminger. “I look forward to building this program with the intention of becoming a conference tournament contender in the next couple of years.”

Men's Schedule

FEBRUARY

27 Franciscan 1 p.m.

MARCH

2 at Randolph (Va.) 5 p.m.
5 Concordia (Ill.) 5 p.m.
12 at Westminster (Pa.) 1 p.m.
19 at Houghton (N.Y.) 1 p.m.
26 at Kalamazoo (Mich.) 1 p.m.
30 Defiance 7 p.m.

APRIL

2 La Roche (Pa.) 1 p.m.
9 at Mount Union * 7 p.m.
13 at Capital * 7 p.m.
16 Muskingum * 1 p.m.
20 Otterbein * 7 p.m.
23 at Baldwin Wallace * 8 p.m.
27 at Wilmington * 7 p.m.
30 John Carroll * 2 p.m.

MAY

4 vs. OAC Tournament- Semifinals @ TBA TBA
7 vs. OAC Tournament - Finals @ TBA TBA

Women's Schedule

FEBRUARY

27 Olivet (Mich.) 4 p.m.

MARCH

1 at Emmanuel (Ga.) 5:30 p.m.
3 at Oglethorpe (Ga.) 7 p.m.
6 Keuka (N.Y.) 1 p.m.
12 Beloit (Wis.) noon
15 Kenyon 5 p.m.
19 St. Mary's (Ind.) 1 p.m.
23 Urbana 7 p.m.

APRIL

1 Ursuline 6:30 p.m.
9 Mount Union * 1 p.m.
13 Capital * 6:30 p.m.
16 at Muskingum * 5 p.m.
20 at Otterbein * 7 p.m.
23 Baldwin Wallace * 1 p.m.
27 Wilmington * 6:30 p.m.
30 at John Carroll * 1 p.m.

MAY

4 vs. OAC Tournament - Semifinals @ TBA TBA
7 vs. OAC Tournament - Finals @ TBA TBA