Only a handful of players ( 4-8 ) from any club will receive offers from Top College Programs.[/quote]
Depends on how you define Top program. Many girls, especially from private schools, are only targeting top academic schools which is Duke, Stanford, Candy Hopkins, Ivy, Patriot league and a few others. Without knowing girls, its hard to say how many had top 20 offers.
For instance our club just had a girl turn down offers from Syracuse and Florida to go to Davidson. Another turned down Penn State and Stony Brook to go to Lehigh. Remember not all girls are trying to get the best lax school, they are looking for the best school[/quote]
Most people would define "Top Program" as a program that always ends up finishing the season ranked in the top 20. Most of those programs also happen to be excellent academic schools as well. As for your statement "Many girls, especially from private schools, are only targeting top academic schools which is Duke, Stanford, Candy Hopkins, Ivy, Patriot league and a few others." is just silly. Just about every player and their parents try to use lacrosse to get into a school that they would not be able to get into on their own (or to get some financial help). If student athletes are in fact turning down offers from Florida, Syracuse, Penn State and Stony Brook in order to accept offers from Davidson and Lehigh academics is not the reason.
There have always been parents on here (as well as on the sidelines, at cocktail parties, at the club or the local pub) trying to justify why their child did not go to one of the perineal lacrosse powers. In my experience, many times they use academics as the reason which is laughable. The reality is that very few of the best players choose to go outside the top lacrosse programs.