For many high school lacrosse players, competing collegiately at a Division I program is seen as the end goal of countless summer tournaments, showcases and in-season games.
For many parents, the ability to tell others that their son (or daughter) plays at a Division I school is a source of great pride; the fruit of the money, time and effort put into getting their child onto this club team or into that showcase.
Now, before continuing, let’s state the obvious: This train of thought certainly is not true of every player or parent out there. Many aspire to attend and play at an academically prestigious DIII institution, or follow a family legacy to a very competitive DII program. Others, still, look forward to competing in the MCLA at a school that offers their desired major or has that “bigger-school” feel.
Having said that, the instances of wanting that DI notoriety – especially for those new to the lacrosse recruiting process – are everywhere. And while not necessarily a bad thing, too often they fall beyond the realm of reality or self-awareness.
Consider these numbers for DI Men’s Lacrosse.