Lacrosse is fastest-growing college sport, NCAA says
Lacrosse grew faster at the college level than any other sport in 2012-13, the NCAA said in its annual participation report released Tuesday. The sport with the highest numbers of men's teams added in 2012-13 was lacrosse, with 26 new programs. Indoor track and field added 23 programs, and cross country added 17 programs. For women's teams, lacrosse also topped the list with 40 teams added, followed by golf with 30 teams added, and indoor track and field with 27 teams added. According to the current data, women's lacrosse has 416 teams with 9,521 total athletes. Men's lacrosse has 319 teams with 11,722 athletes.
More lacrosse: The National Lacrosse League and the Professional Lacrosse Players' Association announced that they have reached a seven-year collective bargaining agreement that will take effect in the 2014 season and running through the 2020 season. Among the changes: The regular season will grow from 16 to 18 games; the playoffs will expand so that the conference finals and Champions Cup will be a two-game series, with a 10-minute mini-game to decide the winner if the two games are split; and a salary cap of $400,000 per team will be introduced, with luxury tax payments levied for anything over that amount. ... Jeff Sonke, a former Major League Lacrosse All-Star midfielder on the Baltimore Bayhawks, and his wife, Casey Sonke, are seeking donations for the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation. Casey was diagnosed with a desmoid tumor in her abdomen and has been to four hospitals, seen four medical oncologists, lost a pregnancy, had two needle biopsies, six CT scans and six rounds of chemotherapy. Casey has been able to regain some of her strength, and her tumor has shrunk from the size of a small watermelon to a grapefruit. To donate, go to dtrf.org/index.php/donate/donate.html.