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Part Four (Dec. 2008): Piece of the Pie | Peer Review: Ilyssa Meyer
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Want a Life in College? Think About D-III

by Brian Delaney | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online

Ana Garcia loves the flexibility of playing lacrosse at the NCAA Division III level. As a sophomore at Whittier College in suburban Los Angeles, she spent her fall semester abroad in England.

Coach Emily Hammer encourages such opportunities despite her players’ absence at fall workouts.
“I think we had four or five go abroad last fall; seven going abroad this fall,” Garcia said. “Coach is all about, ‘Do what you want to do while you’re here.’”

Flexibility is one of the obvious benefits of Division III sports. With no athletic scholarships, “student” outweighs “athlete” at every juncture.

“I think you can be interested in more things and pursue more things at the D-III level,” Washington & Lee men’s lacrosse coach Gene McCabe said.

The overwhelming numbers help, too. Division III lacrosse has 185 women’s teams and 156 men’s teams, compared to 88 and 59 in Division I, respectively. With the rapid growth of youth lacrosse, both Hammer and McCabe said filling roster spots have not been, or are no longer, concerns.

“I still would never turn a girl away,” Hammer said. “It’s a D-III spot and even though we want to be competitive, we should give every girl that opportunity… There are great lacrosse players everywhere. It’s not so much finding great lacrosse players, it’s finding kids who buy into your philosophies.”

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