Men's and women's lacrosse among best in NCAA graduation rate

Division I men's and women's lacrosse are among the NCAA's Graduation Success Rate leaders, according to data released Thursday.

Men's lacrosse had a GSR of 87.1 percent for the four-year period ending in 2006. That number is among the leaders in Division I sports and up slightly from the four-year period ending in 2005, which was 85.5 percent.

By comparison, water polo had the highest rate at 93.8 percent, while FCS football was the lowest at less than 70 percent.

The GSR is a four-year measure of freshmen and transfers who enrolled at a school between the fall of 2003 and the spring of 2007.

The average GSR for Division I athletics is 82 percent, a point higher than the previous rating and the highest rate ever.

For individual men's lacrosse teams, the following had rates of 100 percent (the data is in a searchable database here): Bucknell, Colgate, Dartmouth, Harvard, Lafayette, Loyola Maryland, Princeton, Saint Joseph's and Yale. Twenty-eight teams had 90 percent or better, including Navy (96 percent) and Johns Hopkins (95); Maryland received a rating of 86 percent. At the other end of the spectrum was Detroit, which came in last at 40 percent, and Mount St. Mary's at 50 percent.

Women's lacrosse had a rate of 94.3 percent, also among the Division I leaders but down slightly from 96.2 percent in the 2005 data.

There were 40 women's lacrosse teams at 100 percent. The leaders among teams in Maryland were Johns Hopkins, Loyola Maryland and Mount St. Mary's, which all had 95 percent, as well as Maryland (93 percent). Howard came in last at 60 percent.

The full GSR report can be found as a PDF here.

Inside Lacrosse contributed.

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