Dr. Olson, Harmon and Tracy Murphy holding lacrosse jersey

Women’s lacrosse will become Daemen’s 18th intercollegiate varsity sport, beginning NCAA Division II competition in spring 2023, college officials announced at a June 3 press conference in Lumsden Gymnasium.

“Western New York’s premier Division II program continues to grow,” said Traci Murphy, director of athletics.

The team will compete in the East Coast Conference, a league that has produced 22 NCAA tournament teams and four national champions since adding the sport in 2006.

Named the first head coach of Daemen’s new program, New York State-native Dominique Hamman comes to the college following a two-year stint on the women’s lacrosse coaching staff at Grand Valley State University.

Bringing women’s lacrosse to Daemen is a shining example of how the college continues to operate from a position of strength.


“Daemen’s strong academics and family atmosphere will pave the way in bringing in phenomenal student-athletes ready to excel both in the classroom and out on the field,” said Hamman, a four year NCAA Division I student-athlete in the sport at Central Michigan University—earning multiple All-Southern Conference (SoCon) and Academic All-SoCon honors.

Coach Hamman as goalkeeper for the Central Michigan Chippewas 2016-19

“I look forward to experiencing all of the firsts that come with building a program with young women who will say ‘yes’ to the vision,” added Hamman.

One of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., women’s lacrosse has seen a more than twofold increase in the number of NCAA-affiliated institutions sponsoring the sport since 2000.

“When studying options for additional sports at Daemen, it became hard to ignore the growth the sport has made—especially in New York,” said Murphy. “In a region rich with lacrosse talent, we are excited to add a new scholarship-level program.”