The graphs below were constructed using data from the 1982-2004 NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Report [77.2 MB].  (Note: There are a number of footnotes in the report not mentioned here for sake of simplicity.  They shouldn't affect interpretation of the graphs, but take a look at them if you decide to delve into the numbers yourself.)  In addition to the graphs below, you can view/download a PDF with complete data by gender, division, and year.

Since the early to mid 90s, the number of schools sponsoring women's lacrosse has grown sharply and has surpassed the number for men.  For men's lacrosse, the bulk of the growth has occurred in Division III, while for women's lacrosse, both Division I and (especially) Division III have enjoyed sharp growth rates.

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The numbers of both male and (especially) female student-athletes have grown rapidly since the early to mid 90s.  The divisional trends noted for participation parallel those for team sponsorship.  As you may have already guessed, the larger of number of women's lacrosse teams and the smaller number of actual participants reflect the smaller average squad sizes for women's teams, a topic addressed below.

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As noted above and demonstrated below, women's teams have a smaller average squad size than do men's team's.  That's hardly surprising given the differing substitution patterns and degree of specialization in the two sports.  Of perhaps greater interest is that, while squad size for men's teams has remained relatively stable over time, squad size for women's teams has declined over the years, particularly in Divisions II and III.  This is probably attributable in large part to the more rapid growth of women's teams.

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