FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Five members of the Fresno State women’s lacrosse team are part of a lawsuit against the university, claiming the school is in violation of Title IX and alleging discrimination against the team.
The program was cut, along with men’s tennis and wrestling, as part of cost-saving measures brought on by state budget cuts and revenue losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abbigayle Roberts and Megan Walaitis, who are co-captains of the team, are two of the five players named in the lawsuit. They believe the legal action has been a long time coming.
“I think this year was just the breaking point, for us two at least,” Walaitis said.
“The goal of the lawsuit is very simple. Get Fresno State to reinstate the women’s lacrosse team, treat it like a real varsity team and force it to comply with Title IX,” said Arthur Bryant, an attorney from Bailey and Glasser who is representing the players.