FDU expands athletic program to include women’s lacrosse team

Fairleigh Dickinson University is expanding its athletic department to now include women’s lacrosse.

News 12 Staff

Jul 3, 2021, 1:18 AM

Updated 1,025 days ago

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Fairleigh Dickinson University is expanding its athletic department to now include women’s lacrosse.
Jessica Pandolf knows how to take on a challenge. The former top player in Division 2 lacrosse is set to become the first women’s head coach at the university.
“Being the first ever is big shoes to fill, I guess, that I need to fill myself. But it’s really exciting,” she says.
The Holbrook, New York native says she will build a Division 1 program that is set to begin competition in the spring of 2023.
“The fact that it’s a start-up program, I think it’s really amazing that I can start something and I can implement what I want from the job,” Pandolf says.
Following a successful playing career at Lock Haven University, Pandolf spent the last few years coaching at both LIU-Brooklyn and Stetson University. She says that she will mainly focus on recruiting over the next year.
“I just want to make sure that I am taking my time and I’m not rushing so much into it, because I think I’m going to feel like I have to get this roster going. I want to make sure that I’m getting the right fit,” she says.
With New Jersey being a high school lacrosse hotbed, Pandolf says that she hopes to attract local talent by building a winning culture and providing life experience.
I want them to come out of FDU feeling like, ‘Wow, that was the best experience of my life and I gained so many friendships and I value those friendships and going into the workforce I've learned so much with leadership,’” Pandolf says.
FDU will compete in the Northeast Conference as the leagues' ninth women's lacrosse member.


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