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Spider programs make final stand

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Friday, the University of Richmond announced that it would add men's lacrosse as a varsity Division I sport, but this also means that several programs will be cut to make room.  Men's soccer and men's indoor and outdoor track and field will see their programs discontinued at the conclusion of the 2012-2013 season.

The men's soccer team is currently under the direction of interim head coach Leigh Cowlishaw, the head coach of the Richmond Kickers and a former Spider player.  Cowlishaw is surprised by the decision, saying that discussions he and other alumni have had with the athletic department led them to believe soccer was not going to be cut.

Members of the track and field team are looking for answers, claiming that the athletics department is not giving them straight answers about why their team is being cut. 

Athletes from both teams now face the decision of staying and completing their degrees at the University of Richmond, or transferring to another institution.

Athletic director Jim Miller will comment further to the media on Monday afternoon.

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