The graphs below were constructed using data from the 1982-2007 NCAA Sports Sponsorship and Participation Report.  You can also view or download a tables with complete data [PDF file] 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, all three divisions (though especially Division III until the last few years) have enjoyed very positive growth rates.  And keep in mind that the NCAA's figures do not include the hundreds of MCLA (men's) and WDIA (women's) collegiate teams around the country.

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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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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.  In recent years, average squad size for men's teams has increased noticeably in all three divisions, whereas squad sizes for women's teams have remained generally stable, probably in part because the number of women's teams has grown at a somewhat greater rate.

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