It’s not exactly surprising, but it is impressive.
A record total 722,205 played lacrosse last year, according to the annual participation report by US Lacrosse.
That marked an increased of 5.5 percent from 2011 — the ninth straight year of five percent growth.
In addition, there’s been an increase of 184 percent in player participation since 2001.
Also of note, 1,388 high schools added boys and/or girls programs from 2007-12, making it the fastest growing high school sport. Lax is also the fastest growing collegiate sport (with 30 new programs added last year).
Get more facts and figures from the report here.
With Selection Sunday set for 9 p.m. on May 5 on ESPNU, there is plenty of collegiate news, too.
Here’s a look at some other headlines from this past week:
* A look at 11 teams in hunt for Division I national title
* Big East award winners announced
* ACC award winners announced
* Video: Hopkins’ Ranagan delivers stick-shattering hit
* Video: High school player scores on an 80-yard shot
* Will Hopkins get NCAA bid with win vs. Army?
* Syracuse shuts down Notre Dame for second time in five days
* Second midfield line boosts Syracuse offense
* Penn State hopes to leave nothing to chance
* Maryland hasn’t forgotten about back-to-back losses to Colgate
* Marquette to end its first season vs. Duke
* Latest college men’s/women’s, high school boys/girls national rankings
* Lombardi on Lacrosse: The ‘D’ in Delbarton stands for defense
* Tristate recruiting commitment stories
* News & notes archive
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New iPhone/iPad app
* Download for free the new LaxLessons’ playbook iPad/iPhone app in the iTunes store.
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Links to 2013 men’s and women’s collegiate and boys and girls high school schedules.
Player’s perspective archive
You can check out the more than 100 stories by clicking here.
* Updated tristate recruiting review and commitment rundown (for classes of 2013, ’14 and ’15)
* College-by-college breakdown for Class of 2013
* Recruiting commitment story archive
* 2012 Fall Signing Week story/photo archive
* Recruit profile archive
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‘Epic Moments’ archives
For an archive of articles in “Epic Moments with Epoch Lacrosse,” in which former high school/collegiate stars share their high school memories, click here.
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