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Subject: Re: Ivy vs. NCAA LAX computer ratings, over time

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Date Posted: 15:56:54 04/13/17 Thu
In reply to: voy vey 's message, "Ivy vs. NCAA LAX computer ratings, over time" on 09:18:10 04/13/17 Thu

Interesting numbers. Ivies used to have a reputation as premier LAX schools for high achievers to play at. Now choices are much greater.

Bottom line is LAX is almost but not quite a deep sport for recruiting. If you go back a few decades, neither was football or soccer. We all know what happened there. It also took awhile for ice hockey to gain traction with organized leagues kids could play in and become groomed for collegiate level play. On the women's side lots of team sports are booming successfully.

Men's LAX is primed for a bigger expansion. There are a few hundred schools nationwide playing in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) which is not varsity but not a whole lot different than the lower top 20 and outliers of DI and all of DII and III. They have coaches and playing fields. What is missing is the funding for things like recruiting and locker rooms, overall more structure around the program.

More teams will be added every year to Di so in a decade LAX will look the same as the other nationwide sports.

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Date Posted: 16:20:56 04/13/17 Thu

On the one hand, if men's lacrosse expands to big conference schools, I agree that womens' expansion shows that schools with club teams can progress rapidliy. Florida, Colorado and Southern Cal all former club teams but ranked top 10 currently in D1. The former men's club team at Michigan is rapidly improving too.

But on the other hand, Title IX has always been cited as holding back more schools from adding a mens team and I don't see that changing.

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