For many players growing up, the quest to play Division 1 lacrosse is ever-present. More fans. Bigger stadiums. Television appearances. They’re all motivating factors.
But there are 65 Division 1 teams in the U.S. and, thus, only so many roster spots — and so many chances — available to play at that level of college lacrosse. Division 2 is similarly limited with fewer than 70 programs.
The main difference between D-1 and D-2 schools, compared to D-3, is scholarship money.
Division 3 schools cannot allocate funds towards a player’s tuition based on their athletic prowess. It’s simply not allowed. If anyone has told you that they got a scholarship to play sports at a D-3 school, they are referring to academic aid.