Arizona State adds women’s triathlon and lacrosse for 2017

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State has added women’s triathlon and women’s lacrosse as varsity sports.

Both sports will begin during the 2017-18 school year.

The addition of two women’s sports follows the upgrade to Division I men’s hockey last year. Arizona State received a $32 million donation, largest in school history, to elevate the hockey team to Division I and sponsor additional women’s programs to comply with Title IX.

The school also was one of 10 to receive a women’s triathlon emerging sport grant from the USA Triathlon Foundation. The Sun Devils will be the first power-five conference to officially adopt triathlon as a sport. A dozen more NCAA schools have pledged intentions to sponsor varsity triathlon, along with 10 schools that received the grants.