No sport has grown faster at the NCAA level over the past decade than lacrosse and club lacrosse is growing just as fast. A record 151 teams are playing NCAA Division I lacrosse (61 men's, 92 women's) in 2013. New varsity programs are popping up in states like Arkansas, Colorado, Mississippi and others. The result of the expansion means that nearly 30,000 players are playing collegiate lacrosse each year.
Players interested in playing varsity lacrosse in college should visit the NCAA web site and review the "Guide for College-Bound Student-Athletes."
Women's College Lacrosse
The two primary areas of collegiate play for women's lacrosse are the NCAA and the US Lacrosse Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA). The WCLA are college club teams and nearly 200 teams compete under the US Lacrosse umbrella. US Lacrosse conducts a national championship for Division I and Division II teams each spring.
Men's College Lacrosse
The three primary areas of collegiate play are the NCAA, the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) and the National Collegiate Lacrosse League (NCLL). The MCLA features teams from around the country and many of the top programs play truly national schedules. The MCLA, which includes roughly 300 teams, concludes its season with national championships at the Division I and II levels. The NCLL is primarily based along the Eastern Seaboard and features more than 100 teams. The NCLL celebrated its 20th season in 2010.