Daily Archives: September 15, 2009

High School Lacrosse Participation: High School Boys Lacrosse Has Grown 111.7% From 2001-2009 While High School Girls Lacrosse Increased 100.4% During The Same Period


 LaxPowerLacrosse at the high school level has grown over 100% just since 2001. While it may still not challenge the top 10 sports in terms of sponsorship, it is continuing to expand rapidly while most other sports are not. In fact, lacrosse remains among the top three fastest growing sport among those that are in the top 15 in popularity. In addition, both boys’ and girls’ lacrosse rank 11th in terms of student-athlete participation, and girls’ lacrosse should reach the top 10 in a few years.

B O Y S – P A R T I C I P A T I O N

   % Chg
Sport

Participants (Thousands)

 

 

 

 

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

 

01 –
09

Football

 

 

1045.5

1071.8

1104.5

1108.3

1112.3

 

9.9%

Track & Field (O)

 

 

516.7

534.0

544.2

548.8

558.0

 

13.5%

Basketball

 

 

545.5

546.3

556.3

552.9

545.1

 

1.0%

Baseball

 

 

459.7

470.7

477.3

478.0

473.2

 

5.0%

Soccer

 

 

354.6

358.9

378.0

383.6

383.8

 

15.3%

Wrestling

 

 

243.0

251.5

257.2

259.7

267.4

 

9.1%

Cross Country

 

 

201.7

208.3

216.1

221.1

231.5

 

22.8%

Tennis

 

 

148.5

153.0

156.9

156.3

157.2

 

9.4%

Golf

 

 

161.0

161.3

159.7

160.0

157.1

 

-2.9%

Swimming

 

 

103.8

107.5

106.7

111.9

130.2

 

46.6%

Lacrosse

 

 

60.0

65.0

71.5

82.9

88.5

 

111.7%

Track & Field (I)

 

 

56.6

59.7

62.5

67.2

67.4

 

32.9%

Volleyball

 

 

41.6

42.9

46.2

46.8

49.3

 

24.1%

Ice Hockey

 

 

37.0

36.3

36.0

36.7

37.3

 

12.6%

Team Tennis

 

 

21.6

20.6

23.6

27.1

33.4

 

178.5%

Bowling

 

 

20.5

22.0

23.3

26.4

27.0

 

166.8

G I R L S – P A R T I C I P A T I O N

Sport

Participants (Thousands)

% Change

 

 

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

 

01 –
09

Track (Outdoor)

 

 

428.2

439.2

444.2

447.5

457.7

 

10.1%

Basketball

 

 

456.5

452.9

457.0

449.5

444.8

 

-1.7%

Volleyball

 

 

386.0

390.0

405.8

398.0

404.2

 

3.4%

Softball

 

 

364.8

369.1

373.4

371.3

368.9

 

5.3%

Soccer

 

 

316.1

321.6

337.6

346.5

344.5

 

18.0%

Cross Country

 

 

170.5

176.0

183.4

190.3

198.2

 

25.0%

Tennis

 

 

169.3

173.8

176.7

172.5

177.6

 

8.1%

Swimming

 

 

148.2

147.4

143.6

147.2

158.9

 

13.8%

Competitive Spirit

 

 

84.4

98.6

95.2

111.3

117.8

 

33.0%

Golf

 

 

64.2

64.2

66.3

69.2

69.2

 

16.3%

Lacrosse

 

 

48.1

52.0

54.8

61.1

64.9

 

100.4%

Field Hockey

 

 

63.0

62.3

63.9

62.6

64.6

 

6.0%

Track & Field (I)

 

 

51.9

58.1

56.1

59.8

59.9

 

33.2%

Team Tennis

 

 

23.6

22.5

25.9

28.8

36.6

 

136.7%

Bowling

 

 

18.7

20.1

20.9

25.4

23.8

 

119.6%

Gymnastics

 

 

19.1

17.4

18.9

18.1

18.8

 

-9.8%

Western College Women’s Lacrosse: Cal Berkeley Women’s Lacrosse Hires Former Virginia All-American Nikki Lieb As An Assistant Coach


Cal's newest lacrosse assistant coach Nikki Lieb, who played in midfield and in defense at UVa, finished her college career with 136 draw controls (ranking second in school history at the time), 83 caused turnovers (7th in school history) and 189 ground balls (15th).

Cal's newest lacrosse assistant coach Nikki Lieb, who played in midfield and in defense at UVa, finished her college career with 136 draw controls (ranking second in school history at the time), 83 caused turnovers (7th in school history) and 189 ground balls (15th).

Former Virginia All-American and 2009 U.S. World Cup alternate Nikki Lieb was hired as an assistant coach for the California lacrosse program, Golden Bears head coach Theresa Sherry announced on Monday. Lieb, a finalist for the 2006 Tewaaraton Trophy as a senior, led Virginia to the 2004 NCAA championship and earned three first-team All-American honors (2004-06) as a Cavalier.

“We are thrilled to have Nikki Lieb joining us on the coaching staff for the Cal lacrosse program!” Sherry said. “She has been one of the top players in the country for many years, and her experiences on a national championship team and the U.S. Elite Team make her a great role model for our lacrosse players here at Cal. Her positivity is contagious and her competitiveness is palpable – qualities that will help our efforts to develop our student-athletes and take this program to the next level.”

Lieb will be involved with player development and game management for Cal’s midfielders and defenders. She will also have significant recruiting responsibilities throughout the year.

“I’m excited about being here and learning from this coaching staff and this team,” Lieb said.

A U.S. national team member in 2007 and 2008, Lieb was one of six alternates for the U.S. team that won the World Cup this past June in Prague. Her sister, Jessica Lieb, was also an alternate for the U.S. team.

The 2007 Virginia graduate had worked since ’07 for the U.S. Golf Association as an assistant coordinator in vendor relations. Prior to that, Lieb, who has a masters degree of teaching in elementary education from UVa, taught in Charlottesville, Va., public schools for a year.

Lieb, who also played soccer for the Cavs, worked Virginia women’s soccer and lacrosse camps in 2005-06 and in U.S. national team clinics in 2007-08. She led the Cavs’ lacrosse team to Atlantic Coast Conference championships in 2004 and 2006 and was a captain of the ’06 team. Lieb, who played in midfield and in defense at UVa, finished her college career with 136 draw controls (ranking second in school history at the time), 83 caused turnovers (7th in school history) and 189 ground balls (15th).

Just as fellow Cal assistant coach Julia Southard played against Sherry during their college days, Lieb played against Sherry when the latter starred at Princeton.

“Ironically, Nikki was on the team that beat mine in the 2004 national championship game, which was the last game of my senior season in college,” Sherry said. “My Princeton team beat UVa the year before when Nikki was a freshman, so our record against each other is 1-1 for the NCAA final games, and I think it is 2-2 overall. Our teams had a very healthy rivalry in college, but I am glad that we will be joining forces now for Cal! ”

http://www.calbears.com/sports/w-lacros/spec-rel/091409aaa.html