Playing Lacrosse in College
The sport of lacrosse has exploded in southern California and is rapidly gaining popularity among student-athletes on campuses all over California and local high schools at Dos Pueblos, San Marcos, Santa Barbara, and Cate.
Many kids all over the country are now playing lacrosse as a primary sport, rather than complimenting soccer or football. Many student-athletes in Southern California are focussing on lacrosse first and hope to be able to continue to play it after high school.
The beauty of lacrosse in our area is that many of the traditional schools to which our kids already go have collegiate lacrosse club programs and some of these schools have coaches who do have some impact on the college admissions process.
For those who are fortunate enough to develop to a higher level of lacrosse over the next few years, the better traditional NCAA varsity programs in both Division I and Division III tend to be on the campuses of the most reputable colleges and universities in the country.
NCAA Men's Division I Programs
There are currently 75 NCAA Division I lacrosse programs. These teams are fully-sanctioned varsity programs and compete for the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse Championship.
To view the current USILA NCAA Men's Division I Coaches Poll, Click Here.
To see a list of NCAA Division I lacrosse programs, Click Here.
NCAA Men's Division II Programs
There are currently 71 NCAA Division II lacrosse programs. These teams are fully-sanctioned varsity programs and compete for the NCAA Division II Men's Lacrosse Championship.
View the current NCAA Men's Division II Media Poll. Click Here
To see a list of the NCAA Division II lacrosse programs. Click Here.
NCAA Men's Division III Programs
There are currently 248 NCAA Division III lacrosse programs. These teams are fully-sanctioned varsity programs and compete for the NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.
To view the current USILA Division III Coaches Poll, Click Here.
To see the list of the NCAA Division III lacrosse programs, Click Here.
MCLA Men's Collegiate Club Programs
Unlike football, basketball and soccer, many colleges have club lacrosse programs. Furthermore, many of the schools that have NCAA varsity lacrosse programs also have club programs. All of these programs provide high school lacrosse players unique opportunities and a variety of options should they choose to continue to play lacrosse in college.
Most of these club programs have websites and can be accessed through the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association website:
To see the 2019 Under Armour MCLA Coaches Poll, CLICK HERE.
There are currently 80 MCLA Men's Division I and 87 Men's Division II Collegiate Club Programs. To view them, CLICK HERE.
Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) Div I Teams
San Diego State
Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) Div II Teams
Cal State Channel Islands
Cal State Long Beach
Cal State San Marcos
UC San Diego
Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) Div I Teams
UC Santa Barbara
Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) Div II Teams
San Jose State
UC Santa Cruz