There is a place to play for everyone. The bottom of D1 is like playing glorified HS ball. The top team in D2 and D3 treat their programs like a D1 team does. The bottom of all the divisions always have a place for athletes and walk ons so travel lacrosse isn't needed but don't fool yourself it is very very very hard to crack a decent program by not going the traditional travel route. All depends on what your kid wants.
Just not accurate . Not trying to knock any program or devision. But there is no comparison between programs like Maryland, Notre Dame, Duke, Virginia, Penn State, Syracuse, Ohio State, Michigan, Rutgers, Hopkins, Army, Navy. There are no DII or DIII programs that treat their teams like those schools do.