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I'm guessing you mean men's lacrosse. This year they are doing really, really, well. In case you haven't kept up with the team, they beat the top seeded Salisbury University earlier in the year, and have continued to do well.
For the most part, lacrosse players are socially well-regarded and usually stick to their own. Most matriculate to the same fraternities. Definitely upper-tier social status but do come with some negative stereotypes.
The football guys are popular and all join good fraternities. They get cuter girls than they should. Large turnouts for games? Not really. People will show up late after pregaming and leave early for the after parties.
If you are lucky enough to get recruited by Coach Abell then it would be a no-brainer. Fans are fans no matter what, but the experience of playing for such a solid person greatly out weighs the importance of the fans. Play for your coach, yourself, and your Mom and Dad.
My impression is that football players are treated no differently than other students. I think that the turn out for games is pretty meager (take this with a grain of salt, since I've only been to one football game).
Don't expect to be the big man on campus because you play football, trust me it was a bit of a shock coming from the kind of football environment that surrounded my team when I was in high school. But that being said football players are really no different that anyone else here. It is sometimes hard to even tell them apart from a non-athletic student. Most people here are or were athletic and that culture definitely surrounds the school, but this aint Friday night lights.
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Written by Clarke Morrison
Washington & Lee puts the "student" in "student athlete." The University doesn’t award athletic scholarships, and athletes are expected to carry their academic weight. This sometimes makes it tough for W&L to field successful teams, particularly in football and basketball. But in some sports—including lacrosse, women’s soccer, and tennis—W&L's dominance is unquestioned (or so the athletes will tell you). Attendance is pretty light at most sporting events, but people turn out en masse for Homecoming and Parents' Weekend football games. No tickets are required for athletic events—just find a seat and start cheering. Unfortunately, W&L tradition mandates that spectators leave football games after the first half. Alas, school spirit only runs so deep.
W&L also realizes the importance of athletics to students. Besides just having the Division III varsity sports, the college also offers intramurals and requires students to take gym classes to keep in shape. W&L sponsors a variety of intramural (IM) sports, from basketball to flag football to softball. A lot of clubs, fraternities, and sororities form intramural teams to socialize and have some fun. Combined with club sports, this gives nearly every student an opportunity to play a sport on some level. W&L tries to provide its students with a workout for both mind and body.
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