The Schoolgirls Division of the National Tournament is one of the major college recruiting events each year.
Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports at the high school level and is now sanctioned as a championship sport in 21 states. Several US Lacrosse chapters also play major roles in organizing regular season play and running state championships in areas where the sport is not yet sanctioned.
US Lacrosse conducts two primary events for high school players each year - the Women's National Tournament and the High School All-American Showcase.
The National Tournament, held annually in May, returns to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. in 2013, with two divisions for high school players: the Schoolgirls Division and the Seniors Only Division. The Schoolgirls Division is the largest segment of the NT, which dates back to the 1930s. Nearly 50 teams compete annually in this division and the event has been become one of the marquee college recruiting events in the country. Players must try out for regional teams in order to participate and the majority of players in this division are rising seniors or younger.
The Seniors Only Division allows the opportunity for high school seniors to continue participating in the event before moving onto the Regional Club (college and post-college) or Stars & Stripes Divisions (national team tryouts).
High School Showcase
Big changes were introduced for the High School Showcase in 2010 as the event added a girls component and both the boys and girls events were included in the ESPNHS Games at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. The event, now renamed the Champion All-American Showcase, is held over six days in July, and features over 170 of the finest boys and girls players in the nation. In addition to those two events, some high school players may also be eligible for the US Lacrosse U15 National Championship.
Sportsmanship, Honor and Safety
US Lacrosse encourages and promotes good sportsmanship among both boys and girls players, with an emphasis on safety and a respect for the game. Learn more about these campaigns by clicking below.
• Men's and Women's Game Safety and Sportsmanship Initiative
US Lacrosse is proud to support the Michael Breschi Scholarship, which is awarded annually to two (2) graduating high school seniors who plan to attend college and are the son or daughter of a coach. The parent or guardian can be either a male or female coach in high school or college, and should be a full-time employee of an educational institution. The scholarship is named in memory of Michael, son of UNC head coach Joe Breschi, and established in 2007 to honor his memory following a fatal accident.
► Read more about the Michael Breschi Scholarship
► Former Breschi Recipient Making Her Mark at UPenn