Lacrosse is often called the fastest game on two feet. Now, it’s statistically the fastest growing game on two feet, as well.
As noted by the Ellwood City Ledger, girls lacrosse has grown at a 23 percent rate since 2010-11 in the state of Pennsylvania, according to data compiled by the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and submitted for national review by the National Federation of High School Athletic Associations (NFHS). That rate of growth is more than two-times higher than golf, the second-fastest growing sport at 10 percent, and growing sports like soccer and cross country, which expanded their reach by less than one percent apiece.
The growth in the sport in Pennsylvania flows down to younger age brackets as well, with a general proliferation of more middle school and youth development programs across the state, and significantly more collegiate lacrosse opportunities for young women as well.
That follows in line with larger national trends, all which point to an almost inexorable rise of girls lacrosse on American fields and in American scholastic culture.
Pennsylvania’s growth is part of a nationwide trend. According to the high school sports federation, there were 1,999 school-sponsored girls lacrosse teams in the country in 2010-11 with 74,927 participants. By 2014-15, those numbers rose to 2,446 girls programs with 84,785 participants.
If those numbers are pretty startling, well, they should be. And they should give the parents of young daughters a warning shot: Your daughters may be holding a lacrosse stick, sooner or later.