ELon Lacrosse Team Ready to Face-Off with NCAA Rivals

Q&A with Coach Josh Hexter

Written by Caitlin O'Donnell '13

Elon University has added women’s lacrosse as the 17th varsity sport and 10th women’s athletic program on campus. Under the direction of head coach Josh Hexter and assistant coach Virginia Crotty, the team begins play in 2014 as part of the Atlantic Sun Conference.

How does women’s lacrosse fit at Elon?
The athletics department and Elon in general knew they wanted to add a female sport and when they looked at the demographics, lacrosse just made sense because there are many students here already from New England and the mid-Atlantic area, which are two major hotbeds for lacrosse.

When does competition begin?
Our first conference match will be in February 2014. Practice started in September.

What’s your main concern right now?
Scheduling, making sure there are only five games for us this year. Furman and Mercer will be added in 2015 but there are 11 or 12 out-of-conference games to schedule.

What are your goals for the team?
For our student-athletes to have a great, well-rounded experience, so when they leave in four years, they’ll be prepared for the next step but can also look back and say “That was a great four years!” Hopefully along the way we’ll win a few championships as well.

Any fun facts about the team?
In our 2013 class, we have players essentially from the entire Eastern Seaboard. I didn’t expect that. Lacrosse is such a small world that when you add a new program to the mix, everyone knows about it. Add Elon’s academic reputation, and you get a really hot program.

What can fans expect from the team?
We want to play a fun, fast, upbeat style of lacrosse. We’ll be aggressive, so we should be fun to watch!


New Additions Celebrate International Influence

Lakeside Dining Hall and the Global Neighborhood open to community fanfare

Lakeside Construction photo gallery

In the last year, the Elon community has marked the completion of two major projects, both designed to enliven the campus living experience. This spring, the 38,000-square-foot, two-story Lakeside Dining Hall opened on the shores of Lake Mary Nell. The facility has seating for hundreds of patrons and sweeping views of campus.

The Global Neighborhood residential community is also situated on the shores of Lake Mary Nell. This fall, Elon opened the first two of the five residence halls in the community. Global Houses 4 and 5 provide housing for more than 200 students. The neighborhood's commons building and Houses 1, 2 and 3 remain on schedule and will be in various stages of construction until August 2014.

Join us for a virtual tour of the new facilities:

Lakeside Dining Hall

Lakeside was built as an addition to the Moseley Center and nearly doubles the size of the original building. Lakeside exhibits many of the latest trends in college campus dining.

“There’s more food prepared in front of students than in the past, and with more dietary issues being addressed today,” said Vickie Somers, director of auxiliary services at Elon University.

The dining hall itself features “local,” “home” and “international” stations. The local station emphasizes a selection of foods seasonally available in North Carolina and a farm-to-fork program where customers can learn more about local farmers. The home station spotlights home-style favorites such as meats and hearty vegetables. The international station features global cuisine with a different country represented each week.

In addition to the dining hall, Freshii, a Toronto-based restaurant chain known for fresh produce and healthy eating options, gives students even more meal options as part of the building expansion. Freshii offers organically sourced, eco-friendly menu items for students to customize made-to-order salads, wraps, burritos, rice or noodle bowls, or soup.

Biscuitville, a locally owned restaurant specializing in Southern comfort food, and Topio’s, which offers fresh-baked pizzas, salads, breadsticks and other Italian specialties, join Freshii to offer students a wide variety of grab-and-go options.

Several pieces of international art from the university’s collection will be on display in the building. Local artist Sherry McAdams has also painted scenes from campus that will be featured throughout the interior of the addition.

The university is applying for LEED Certification as a mark of its earth-friendly, sustainable construction and operating practices.

Global Neighborhood (buildings 4 and 5)

The Global Neighborhood offers a dynamic environment where learning and active engagement take place throughout the day and night for all Elon students. When completed next year, this innovative area will include a 30,000-square-foot commons building that houses the Isabella Cannon Global Education Center, classrooms, faculty offices and ample study rooms and large gathering spaces.

The Global Neighborhood is the model for the re-envisioned residential campus at Elon. The programs, activities, services and experiences will transform the area into a major campus destination for all members of the Elon community and fostering interactions among faculty, staff and students of all class years. Situated on Lake Mary Nell and near Belk Library, Moseley Center and Koury Center, this area is geographically positioned to become a showpiece complex for the Elon campus.

Special features include:

  • First-year students taking the Global Experience class from faculty-in-residence or faculty affiliates.
  • Guest housing for Fulbright and visiting lecturers/speakers to interact with students.
  • A relocated and expanded Isabella Cannon International Centre, including a theater for international conferencing, an international movie festival, workshops by study abroad students, etc.
  • A distinctive, student hangout with an international café with programming space for the neighborhood and campus, where students, faculty and staff can gather for discussions after events and students study and socialize into the late night hours.
  • Layered mentoring by junior/senior serving in a range of roles (e.g. RAs, TAs, team teaching with faculty, foreign language and study abroad mentors, tutors, study abroad or multicultural education mentors).
  • Outdoor reflection spaces; views of the lake; an outdoor plaza that flows from the buildings where outdoor activities and formal/informal debates occur; outdoor seating areas with grills and outdoor games; and international banners to create a visual excitement of the global/international theme.



Admissions Calendar

Fall 2014
Nov. 1Early Decision
Nov. 10

Early Action

Nov. 15 Fall Open House
Nov. 27-28 Admissions closed for Thanksgiving break
Dec. 1 Early Decision notification date
Dec. 19 Early Action notification date
Dec. 24-28 Admissions closed for holiday break
Jan. 1 Admissions closed for New Year's holiday
Spring 2015
Jan. 10Regular Decision application and scholarship deadline
Feb. 10Watson & Odyssey Scholars Program deadline
March 6-7 Fellows & Scholarship Weekend
March 13-14 Rising Phoenix Weekend (for those accepted under Early Decision and Early Action)
March 15 Final Decision notification date
April 10-11 Phoenix Fusion
April 11 Explore Elon -- Open House for juniors
April 13 Maroon Monday*
April 17 Phoenix Friday*
April 24-25 Rising Phoenix Weekend (for those accepted under Final Decision plan)


*Phoenix Fridays and Maroon Mondays are opportunities for accepted seniors to spend a day on campus and learn more about life at Elon.

**Invitations for Open House are mailed four to six weeks in advance. For more information, please call the Admissions office at 800.334.8448.

Visit our website (elon.edu/admissions) to find out more about application deadlines and notification dates.