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Lacrosse College Recruiting Resources

The college lacrosse recruiting process can be daunting.  Coaches are recruiting players earlier and earlier (mostly at the Division I level)  which can make players and families feel pressured or frantic about finding the "right" fit.  If your daughter is interested in playing lacrosse in college, or even if she isn't sure, our Director of Lacrosse, Nikki Schwob, is happy to offer guidance and advice to players who are a part of our ACS Select program.  As a former DI college player (UVA), DI college coach (Cal Berkeley and Davidson College), and US Team player, Nikki has a lot of experience, knowledge, and contacts that may be useful to you.  Please email nikki@acsandhills.com to set up a meeting.  In the meantime, it is never too early to start doing some research on your own!  Participating on an ACS Select team is a great way to improve, get seen, and receive guidance.  But, at the end of the day it is up to the player to take action and make a final decision.  Check out the links below for some helpful recruiting guides from credible sources.  Also provided are links to some major recruiting tournaments run by the IWLCA where players can register to play on a "house" team or even guest play with other teams (contact nikki@acsandhills.com for more guidance).

RECRUITING TOURNAMENTS and CAMPS
The D3 Experience (Summer Camp)-
highly recommended, 1-day camp with good exposure and recruiting education at an appropriate level
Elite 180 - Campers work closely with coaches from academically select Division 3 colleges and leave camp with new lacrosse skills and tactics, new knowledge about the Division 3 recruiting process, and new information from college players about life at academically selective Division 3 schools.

IWLCA Website (lists all events)

RECRUITING WEBSITES:
NCAA College-Bound Athlete Info
US Lacrosse information for High School players
National Collegiate Scouting Association - NC Resource Guide

Recruiting Guide by Janine Tucker (Hopkins Head Women's Lacrosse Coach)
Recruiting Process

RESOURCES TO DOWNLOAD:
NCAA Guide for the Student-Bound Athlete
US Lacrosse Girls Recruiting Guidebook
Player Profile 1 SAMPLE

A BRIEF ACTION PLAN FOR COLLEGE BOUND LACROSSE PLAYERS

(Taken from Janine Tucker's Recruiting Guide - 2006 - the timeline has CHANGED since this was written, mostly for Division I schools, and I have made some changes where I saw fit.  The recruiting timeline for DII and DIII schools is slower than DI)

• Compile a tentative list of colleges. You can start this as early as 8th grade and should make every effort to have something together before Fall of the Junior year.
• Make initial contact with schools (send cover letter, resume and schedule of upcoming lacrosse activities). You can start this as early as Freshman year and should make every effort to complete this no later than Spring of your Junior year. If at all possible do this prior to the summer tournament and/or recruiting camp season.
• During Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior year, make unofficial visits to some of the schools that you are interested in. Do your best to contact and set-up a meeting with the coach on these visits.
• Send updated academic and sport-related information, including a schedule of your upcoming summer/fall participation in tournaments and camps.
• Take every opportunity to participate in your sport to maximize your exposure and increase your skills in the summers before your sophomore, junior, and senior year.
• Fulfill NCAA Clearinghouse obligations in mid-summer to early fall of your senior year if you are considering a Division I or II school. www.ncaaclearinghouse.net
• Schedule and make college visits (official & unofficial). Take unofficial visits at end of sophomore year, throughout the following summer, and throughout junior year. Official visits can only be taken after the first day of classes of your senior year – schedule them in the early fall. Remember – you must be invited by the college coach to take an official visit.
• Study and consider information about Early Decision or maybe Early Action admission to a college and Early Signing (of the National Letter of Intent) for athletic participation and/or a scholarship in early fall of the senior year. The Early Signing time frame is generally the third week in November.
• Decide which colleges to apply to and when to apply. The time frame is usually early to late fall of the senior year.
• Send completed applications and high school transcripts to colleges, usually before the winter holiday break.

Below is a list of schools in North Carolina that have Division I, II, or III lacrosse (note, this does not include schools with Club Teams):

CLICK HERE FOR MOST CURRENT LIST OF SCHOOLS WITH LACROSSE

Barton College
Conference Carolinas II
NC South Region
Belmont Abbey College Conference Carolinas II
NC South Region
Brevard College South Atlantic Conference II
NC South Region
Campbell University Big South Conference I
NC South Region
Catawba College South Atlantic Conference II
NC South Region
Chowan University Conference Carolinas II
NC South Region
Davidson College Atlantic 10 Conference I
NC Mid-Atlantic Region
Duke University Atlantic Coast Conference I
NC South Region
Elon University Colonial Athletic Association I
NC South Region
Gardner-Webb University Big South Conference I
NC South Region
Greensboro College USA South Athletic Conference III
NC Mid-South Region
Guilford College Old Dominion Athletic Conf. III
NC Mid-Atlantic Region
High Point University Big South Conference I
NC South Region
Lees-McRae College Conference Carolinas II
NC South Region
Lenoir-Rhyne University South Atlantic Conference II
NC South Region
Meredith College USA South Athletic Conference III
NC Mid-South Region
Methodist University USA South Athletic Conference III
NC Mid-South Region
University of Mount Olive Conference Carolinas II
NC South Region
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Atlantic Coast Conference I
NC South Region
Pfeiffer University Conference Carolinas II
NC South Region
Queens University of Charlotte South Atlantic Conference II
NC South Region
Wingate University South Atlantic Conference II
NC South Region

 

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