1 So You Want To Play Lacrosse In COLLEGE? Honor the game updated as of June 15, W. University Parkway, Baltimore, Md uslacrosse.org
2 1 Table Of Contents Letter from US Lacrosse Women s Game...1 Chapter 1: Grades and Character...2 Chapter 2: Opportunities by the numbers...3 Chapter 3: College Checklist what questions to ask...4 Chapter 4: Financial Aid, Loans and Scholarships...7 Chapter 5: NCAA Recruiting Rules Summary...8 Chapter 6: Recruiting U: the series from Lacrosse Magazine...11 Chapter 7: Articles, Resources, Links and more...13 Chapter 8: Coaches Directory...14 College Coaches (NCAA, WCLA, NAIA, NJCAA) On behalf of US Lacrosse, it is my sincere pleasure to introduce you to our college recruiting handbook, So... You want to play lacrosse in college? In recent years, college recruiters have accelerated the timeline and created recruiting formulas that are unique to them. The direction of the college lacrosse recruiting process has led to confusion by some, frustration to others and leaves everyone guessing. The intent of this handbook is to present hard facts, dispel the myths, and to promote the essentials. It is important for recruits and their families to understand that you are in charge and it is up to you to find the right fit academically, athletically, socially, and geographically. See the BIG PICTURE! If lacrosse is taken out of the equation; would this be the right school for you? The handbook contains a baseline of facts that all colleges must adhere to and every recruit should know. The handbook addresses practices that are believed to be true, but are outside the guidelines of college recruiting. Finally, the handbook emphasizes two constants that every coach looks for in her recruits. Simply stated, coaches are looking for young women of exemplary character and a strong academic profile. I believe you will find this information invaluable as a starting point and a reference source throughout your process. Please feel free to offer any comments, as we will continue to update the text to keep current with the times. Sincerely, Nancy Haws, Coaches Subcommittee Chair US Lacrosse, Women s Game
3 2 CHAPTER 1: Grades and Character Taking that next step after high school is a lot of work, but it can extremely rewarding and fulfilling. Before the college search begins, there are important questions that you need to be prepared to answer. 1) How important is the sport to you? What kind of time commitment do you want to play lacrosse? (DI, DII, DIII, WCLA, etc.) How will the sport impact your goals for college and beyond? What type of player personality do I have? i. What type of impact will I make? ii. Am I willing to wait to play? iii. What role am I willing to play? 2) What are your grades like? How hard do you work in school? What did you get on your SAT/ACT s? What kind of classes are you taking? There are also a few questions the student athlete should ask herself. 1) What are my goals for my college lacrosse experience? 2) What are my goals for my college education? 3) What are my goals for life after college? For the college bound athlete, it is imperative that you focus on your academics as well as your athletics. Plan your course load early! Grades need to be maintained all throughout high school. Transcripts need to be more transparent ahead of time. NCAA Clearinghouse:
4 3 Number of collegiate lacrosse programs in existence: CHAPTER 2: Inside The Numbers Women s Game DI DII DIII WCLA NAIA NJCAA By the # s - Women s Game High school women s lacrosse players: 112,865 Average roster size: 27 NCAA mandated maximum number of scholarships per program (over four years): 12 at D I, 9.9 at DII Average scholarships per program per year: 3 Average players per recruiting class: 9 Average estimated scholarships: 33 percent Fully funded programs: 50 Total scholarships available: 780 Players receiving some scholarship over four years: 2,363 Odds of any high school female landing any Division I scholarship: 2 percent Sources: NCAA, USL data from and estimated projections based on Lacrosse Magazine research. Just some of the facts. For Division I schools, more than 110,000 high school players compete for about 700 spots each year. Many players and parents operate under the misconception that both opportunity in the Division I level and athletic scholarships are readily available. Less than half of the players Division I or Division II receive any athletic scholarship money in their first year, and the concept of a full ride has all but vanished with very few exceptions. The NCAA allows each Division I lacrosse program 12 scholarships to be split among the entire team in one year. In Division II, there is the maximum number of 9.9 scholarships to be used by a program. However, many schools do not award the full allotment of athletic scholarships to a program, either because of league or institutional rules that don t allow athletic scholarships (ex. The Ivy League), or a choice to use available institutional funds elsewhere. How scholarship money is used depends on the coach s philosophy and the positional needs of the program each year. In a recruiting class of nine, some coaches may offer scholarship to four of those players and not to the remaining five, while other coaches may offer small amounts of scholarship to all nine players. There is no set designation of how scholarship must be given so asking the coach their philosophy is essential. And a reminder, DIII scholarships are based on academic merit and financial need, and no athletic scholarships are available. The opportunity to walk-on to a team at the Division I level varies greatly by program. Some coaches will honor recruits for spots on their roster before they will accept walk-on players, while other coaches will present equal opportunity to try-out for the team during the first week of school. You need to discuss all the options with each prospective school.
5 4 CHAPTER 3: Player/College Checklist Below is a list of categories and questions that can help the players and parents review and determine what program is best for the future of their daughter when comparing colleges as they narrow down their selection. CATEGORY School 1 School 2 Academic Is the school a fully accredited, highly-rated institution? Does the school have a good reputation academically? Does the school offer majors of interest to me? Would I be able to get my degree in four years? Are my grades and test scores good enough to gain admission? Does the school fit with my academic ability? Does the athletic department provide an academic support program for student athletes? Is the coach made aware of the student-athletes academic standing on a regular basis? Does the athletic department pay for any tutoring I may need? Does the athletic department have a study hall program for student athletes? Does the school have their own academic requirements to play, outside of the NCAA guidelines? Can I be a successful student AND athlete in my preferred major? (e.g. Engineering, Medicine, etc.) What are the coach's expectations regarding certain majors, science labs, and mandatory participation? Does the school give student-athletes first choice for classes? Does the coaching staff assist the student-athletes with forming class schedules? Can I pursue study abroad opportunities? Do athletes typically have to stay on campus for summer school if they want to graduate in 4 years? If I got injured and couldn t play lacrosse; would I be happy at this school? Lacrosse Has the school offered me a scholarship? Will the school take away my scholarship if I get hurt and cannot play? Will the school take away my scholarship if I don t play well?
6 5 CATEGORY School 1 School 2 Lacrosse How much will it cost me to go to school on top of the scholarship? Do I want to play for the current coaching staff? Does the current roster leave room for my position? Is there a separate travel and practice team? Does the school have a club team? Will I get an opportunity to play? Does my style of play fit with the schools style of play? Am I good enough to play there? Does the school have a good reputation in lacrosse? Does the team play a tough schedule? Is this a winning program? How does the team travel by, bus or plane? Do players need to fundraise for preseason trips? Does the school have a structured strength and conditioning program? Does the school have the facilities that will help me get better? Does this program insist I apply Early Decision? Does this coach cut recruited players? Does this coach cut upperclassmen from the team? Does this school provide laundry service for practice and/or game gear? Does this program allow walk-ons? Would I want to play here if the coach leaves? If I get injured, who is responsible for the medical bills? Social CHAPTER 3: Player/College Checklist Would I get along with players currently on the team? Are sporting events like football and basketball games a big part of campus life? Does everyone stay on campus during the weekends? If lacrosse wasn t in the picture, would I want to go to this school?
7 6 CHAPTER 3: Player/College Checklist CATEGORY School 1 School 2 Social Are students bustling about lively and engaged as opposed to walking with heads down and no interaction? Are there clubs offered that interest me? Do you see students wearing their school s apparel with pride? Is the lacrosse team required or recommended to live together? Are there recreational facilities and programs offered by the school? From looking at the current yearbook, does it look like a great place to be? Do my parents feel this is the best school for me? Do I feel the size of the school is the best fit for me? Does the school have a Greek system, how big is it, and do athletes have time to participate? Geographic Is the school situated in a climate I like? Am I comfortable with the distance from home this school is located? Is this school located in a demographic area desirable to me? (city, suburb, country) Is this campus safe? Does this school have a low crime rate? Is the crime rate of the municipality good? Is there a good relationship between the town people and the school? Can I afford to travel home during vacation? Will my family and friends have an opportunity to watch me play? Career Does the athletic department offer assistance in helping me find a job after graduation? Does the school have a strong alumni base? Does the school have a strong career placement service/department? Does the school help set up internships for athletes in the off-season?
8 7 Financial Aid CHAPTER 4: Financial Aid vs. Scholarships Paying for college can be an overwhelming process for parents and student athletes alike. You should weigh all the options that are available to you. Look for scholarship opportunities in your local area, but also ask college recruiters about the opportunities for financial aid and athletic scholarships. Before you start weighing your options, sit down with your parents, coach or guidance counselor to go over all preliminary steps associated with paying for college. The first step is to complete the Free Application for Student Aid, commonly referred to as, the FAFSA. Completing the FAFSA will allow you to see which federal grants and assistance programs you are eligible. This will also allow you to see what you will be able to borrow through federal loans programs like Stafford, Perkins and PLUS loans and what private lenders may be able to offer. Consult your parents, guidance counselor, coach and financial advisor to what might be the best option for you. Scholarships When beginning your college search, you should also investigate what scholarships are available to you from local and national organizations. While this can be a painstaking initiative, it will ultimately lower the amount of student debt that you can accumulate through college. There are scholarships for everything, so don t be reluctant to start the search regardless of grades. If you completed countless hours of community service or are focused on becoming an actor, doctor or marine biologist, there is probably a scholarship out there for you. There are large misconceptions about scholarships when it comes to college lacrosse. The full-scholarship is rare in the sport, but partial scholarships or need-based aid are more commonplace. There are exceptions to NCAA scholarship limits as schools like Army, Navy, Air Force, Merchant Marine Academy and Coast Guard Academy are exempt from limits as every student and student-athlete receives a full scholarship. When you start to investigate schools, ask coaches what options are available to lacrosse players. Every school is different, so be sure to know all the rules and regulations when it comes to recruiting.
9 8 CHAPTER 5: NCAA Recruiting Guidelines & Rules (Subject to Change) NCAA Eligibility Process and Lacrosse Recruiting Timeline Athletes interested in playing collegiate lacrosse must initiate registration with the NCAA Eligibility Center by completing a NCAA student release form during junior year. Women s lacrosse tournaments and camps are offered and promoted to prospective student athletes annually, and players as young as rising high school freshman are being encouraged to participate in the recruiting process. NCAA Initial-Eligibility Center Initiate registration with the Eligibility Center by completing a NCAA student release form during your junior year. See your guidance counselor for forms and evaluation of your eligibility status. All prospective Division I or Division II student-athletes must complete an amateurism questionnaire through the Eligibility Center. If the student athlete is a two- or four-year transfer from a non-ncaa Division I or Division II school, the amateurism questionnaire is still required before he is eligible to compete. Correspondence Letters/printed material are permitted from coaches (or others at the college) beginning September 1 of your junior year. A coach may send to a prospective student athlete beginning September 1 of your junior year and fax are considered correspondence. Text messages are prohibited until a National Letter of Intent is signed (DI & DII) or the player accepts and offer of admission (DIII). Contacts Contact: Any face-to-face encounter during which dialogue occurs. A college coach may contact a prospect or parent(s) off-campus beginning June 15 after your junior year. Limit of three contacts per institution. A coach may not contact a prospect or parent(s) during competition. A player CAN call or the coach before her junior year. At the Division I level, the coach just can t call or her back if she leaves a message.
10 9 Phone Calls CHAPTER 5: NCAA Recruiting Guidelines & Rules Allowed to begin July 1 after completion of your junior year. Limited to one per week to prospect or parent(s). (One call per institution, i.e. coach or faculty member or other athletic department personnel.) There are exceptions at the times surrounding official visits and signing dates. Prospect or parent(s) may phone a coach as often as they wish. Enrolled collegiate student athletes may not make recruiting calls. You may telephone enrolled collegiate student athletes at your own expense. is not considered a phone call, therefore, is not limited. Unclear rules concerning social media. Evaluations Evaluations: Any off-campus activity designed to assess athletics and/or academics. There is no limit to the number of evaluations an institution may conduct in Division II or Division III. Tryouts Division II institutions may conduct one tryout per prospect, per sport on its campus, not to exceed two hours in length. Only seniors who have completed their sport season or are in a term other than the traditional sport season may participate. Prior to participation in a tryout, a prospective student athlete is required to undergo a medical examination or evaluation administered or supervised by a physician (e.g. family physician, team physician). This examination must be completed within six months of the tryout. High school potential student athletes may use a physical that was within six months of participation in practice, competition or out-of-season conditioning activities during their senior year of high school as long as it was accepted by their high school for their participation in athletics during that senior year. Prospect s strength, speed, agility and sport skills may be tested; Ice hockey and lacrosse tryouts may not include competition. During the academic year, competition is permissible against the member institution s team in a tryout. An institution may provide clothing and equipment to a prospect if it is returned at the conclusion of the tryout.
11 10 Unofficial Visits CHAPTER 5: NCAA Recruiting Guidelines & Rules Unofficial visit: A visit made to the institution at the prospect s own expense. May make unofficial visits an unlimited number of times. May be made before your senior year in high school. Official Visits A visit made to the institution s campus at the expense of that institution. Maximum of five official visits may be made, but only one per institution. 48-hour limit. You must provide the college with an academic transcript and an ACT or SAT test score prior to the visit. Entertainment money may not be used to buy souvenirs for yourself. Prospect may receive transportation. Prospect and parents may receive meals, lodging and admission to campus events. A prospect visiting an institution may participate in physical workouts provided the activities are not organized or observed by members of the coaching staff. Prospective student athletes must be registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center; and be placed on the institutional request list (IRL). Additional Resources NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete NCAA Division I Recruiting Calendar NCAA Division I Guide NCAA Division II Guide NCAA Division III Guide
12 11 CHAPTER 6: Recruiting U :The Series Periodically, Lacrosse Magazine publishes articles examining the current state of college recruiting, a topic on which families, prospects, coaches and others expend considerable resources, time and emotion. US Lacrosse s Position Statement on College Recruiting USL s Board of Directors has issued a statement on the complex nature of the collegiate recruiting process for high school student-athletes. Competing for Scholarships on the Field and Online (Wall Street Journal) With tuition for a four-year private university topping $250,000, families are eager to tap some of the $2 billion that the NCAA estimates is granted in athletic scholarships each year. Players Goal: College Game (Boston Globe) As the sport of lacrosse continues to gain popularity, colleges and universities are increasing their investment in lacrosse programs, opening the door for more scholarship opportunities. Beyond the Big Time, Opportunities Abound With over 400 men s and women s college club teams as well as Division II and III teams, prospects have a wide array of choices outside of the Division I, scholarship environment See it in D3 Rewarding experiences await NCAA Division III prospects, although costs in the non-scholarship world can be a factor for families. Lessons from Signing Day High school seniors can sign during a one-week period in November or during an extended period the following April. MeTime The beginning stages of the recruiting process can feel daunting. As such, there are some important things to keep in mind. Make the Most of Summer Prospects should college coaches and send video and a schedule. Camp Stories Camps and club teams can help with recruiting, but do your homework first.
13 12 CHAPTER 6: Best Foot Forward Five tips that can help attract college coaches and assist in a recruit s interactions with them. Piece of the Pie Partial scholarships remain the whole truth for most Division I recruits. Be An Educated Consumer Sorting through lacrosse s private club and for-profit entity options requires diligence on the part of prospects and their families. (by USL President and CEO Steve Stenersen) Recruiting U :The Series Too Vested In Verbals? Signing day a respite for recruiting-crazed prospects, whose early verbal commitments may not mean what they once did. Passport to Campus Official and unofficial visits reveal much to prospects and colleges. Free Fall Weekend tournaments are replacing Friday night lights in some areas, forcing student-athletes to make a tough call.
14 13 CHAPTER 7: Other Links, Resources, Articles Plenty of non-scholarship opportunities for potential college lacrosse players scholarship_opportunities_for_potential_college_lacrosse_players Coach Dave Metzbower weighs in lacrosse_recruiting_from_other_side Five Big Things Every Lacrosse Parent Should Know should_know College Recruiting Process for Athletes Swings Towards Clubs Where we are going Sophomore Recruiting Freshman commits to Johns Hopkins
15 14 NCAA Division I Albany University, SUNY at John Battaglino American University Emma Wallace Binghamton University, SUNY at Tony Zostant Boston College Acacia Walker Boston University Liz Robertshaw Brown University Keely McDonald Bryant University Jill DePetris Bucknell University Randall Goldsborough Campbell University Phil Schuman Canisius College Scott Teeter Central Connecticut State University Kelly Nangle Coastal Carolina University Jaime Sellers Colgate University Heather Young Columbia University Liz Kittleman Jackson Cornell University Jenny Graap Dartmouth College Amy Patton Davidson College Kimberly Wayne Delaware State University Jullian Lontz Detroit Mercy University Laura Manes Drexel University Anna Marie Vesco Duke University Kerstin Kimel Duquesne University Michael Scerbo Elon University Josh Hexter Fairfield University Michael Waldvogel 2.03E+13 Fresno State University Jessica Pausewang Furman University Rachel Whitten George Mason University Lauren Hay
16 15 NCAA Division I George Washington University Tara Hannaford Georgetown University Ricky Fried Harvard University Lisa Miller High Point University Lyndsey Boswell Hofstra University Shannon Smith Holy Cross College Stephanie Ridolfi Howard University Sarah Schermerhorn Iona College Michelle Mason Jacksonville University Mindy McCord James Madison University Shelley Klaes- Bawcombe Johns Hopkins University Janine Tucker Kennesaw State University Kristina Llanes La Salle University Candace Taglianetti Bossell Lafayette College Alison Fisher Lehigh University Jill Redfern Liberty University Regan Denham Long Island Univeristy Brooklyn Allison Nuzzi Longwood University Elaine Jones Loyola Unviersity Maryland Jen Adams Manhattan College Diane Haddeland Marist College Jessica O'Brien Marquette University Meredith Black Mercer University Eve Levinson Monmouth University Denise Wescott Mount Saint Mary s University BJ Johnson Niagra University Wendy Stone Northwestern University Kelly Amonte-Hiller
17 16 NCAA Division I Ohio State University Alexis Venechanos Old Dominion University Heather Holt Pennsylvania State University Missy Doherty Presbyterian College Julia Redman Princeton University Chris Sailer Quinnipiac University Danie Caro Robert Morris University Katy Philips Rutgers University Laura Brand Sacred Heart University Laura Cook Saint Francis University Gregg Gebhard Saint Joseph s University Denise Roessler Saint Mary's College of CA Lauren Uhr San Diego State University Kylee White Siena College Andrea Duffy- Cofrin St. Bonaventure University Ryan Lynn Stanford University Amy Bokker Stetson University Nicole Moore Stony Brook University, SUNY at Joe Spallina Syracuse University Gary Gait Temple University Bonnie Rosen Towson University Sonia LaMonica United States Naval Academy Cindy Timchal University of California - Berkeley Ginger Miles University of California - Davis Kate Henwood University of Cincinnati Regina Oliver University of Colorado Ann Elliot University of Connecticut Katie Woods University Of Delaware Kateri Linville University Of Denver Liza Kelly
18 17 NCAA Division I University Of Detroit Mercy, UDM Laura Maness University of Florida Amanda O'Leary University of Louisville Kellie Young University of MD - Baltimore County Amy Appelt University of MD at College Park Cathy Reese University Of Massachusetts Angela McMahon University of Michigan Jennifer Ulehla University of New Hampshire Sarah Albrecht University Of North Carolina Jenny Levy University Of Notre Dame Christine Halfpenny University of Oregon Jen Beck University Of Pennsylvania Karin Corbett University of Richmond Allison Evans University of Southern California Lindsey Munday University Of Vermont Jennifer Johnson University Of Virginia Julie Myers Vanderbilt University Cathy Swezey Villanova University Julie Young Virginia Tech Megan Burker Wagner College Cristina Curiale William and Mary, College of Brooke Ireland Winthrop University John Sung Yale University Anne Philips NCAA Division II Adelphi University Rob Grella Adams State University Mariana DiGiovanni
19 18 NCAA Division II Alderson-Broaddus College Brendan hayes American International College April Pollock Assumption College Abbey Capobianco Belmont Abbey College Jenn Flaherty Bentley College Carissa Medeiros Bloomsburg University Mallory Poole Caldwell College Amy Rizzo Catawba College Ashley Gilroy Chestnut Hill College Chelsea Rock Chowan University Eryn McCaffrey Colorado Mesa University Abigail Simpson Converse College Ryan Weiss Dominican College Taryn Brechbiel Dowling College Kerri McCabe East Stroudsburg University Jane Koeniges Edinboro University Kevin Cooke Erskine College Bob Dachille Florida Southern College Kara Reber Fort Lewis College Kelsey MacDonald Franklin Pierce College Meighan Guiney Gannon University Lindsey Lowman Georgian Court University Kerry O'Donnell Grand Valley State University Alicia Groveston Holy Family Unversity Elizabeth Weber Indiana University of Pennsylvania Mindy Richmond Kutztown University Kate Scattergood Lake Erie College Jillian Howley Le Moyne College Beth Hewitt Lees-McRae College Ray Cameron Lenoir-Rhyne University Susan Reuschle
20 19 NCAA Division II Limestone College Scott Tucker Lock Haven University Kristen Selvage Long Island University Post Meghan McNamara Mercy College Dawn Anselmin Mercyhurst College Cecil Pilson Merrimack College Corinne Baker Millersville University Mia Hall Molloy College Tom Campolettano Newberry College Emily Bikowski Pfeiffer University Dawn Easley Philadelphia University George Chis-Luca Post University Jill Kowalik Queens College Patricia Moran Nonagura Queens University Of Charlotte Meghan Dennehy Regis University Sarah Kellner Rollins College Dennis Short Roberts Wesleyan College Brendan McDaniels Saint Anselm College Holly Drown Saint Leo University Lesley Graham Saint Michael s College Ashley Hughes Seton Hill University Courtney Tamasitis Shepherd University Meghan Keelan Shippensburg University Ashley Manion Slippery Rock University Emily Hopkins Southern Connecticut State University Southern New Hampshire University Kelley Frassinelli Kate Mullen