How widespread has lacrosse become? US Lacrosse reports 31 percent more high schools sponsored women’s teams in 2014 versus 2009, and the number of boys’ teams rose 28 percent. Another sign of growth in the sport: Elite Tournaments, one of the country’s top soccer event companies, expanded into the sport.
42: Four-year colleges that began a lacrosse program in 2015
800,000: Organized participants in the U.S., up from 250,000 in 2001
450,000: Players under the age of 15
$175 million: Invested in safety, rules and equipment since 1999
14: States with at least 10,000 players (New York leads with 56,000 players)
1: NCAA Division I champion outside the Eastern time zone (University of Denver, 2015)