Average Height & Weight of College Lacrosse Player


Every young aspiring lacrosse player hopes to one day step into the ranks of the college elite. I remember growing up believing that college lacrosse players were giants on the field. Now that I have grown a bit older, I actually wanted to seek out the truth of this matter for myself and find out what the average height and weight of a college lacrosse player really is.

According to a recent analytical study, the average height of a college lacrosse player is 5′ 11.64″ and the average weight of a college lacrosse player is 182.14 lbs. However, there are outlying collegiate players whose height and weight fall well above these averages and well below these averages.

These numbers were calculated from a research study I conducted personally by collecting data from 886 players total. There were other valuable pieces of information drawn from this study as well, including how the height and weight distribution varies by the different collegiate tiers (D1, D2, D3, and MCLA) and by position. To get an in depth look at these research findings, keep reading further.

A Research Study to Disclose the Average Height & Weight of a College Lacrosse Player

Background of Research Study

The whole premise of this study was to accurately discern both the average height and the average weight of the college lacrosse player. To ensure that the data was both accurate and reliable, I collected a considerable amount of player height and weight data. 886 players to be exact.

These 886 players represented every division of college lacrosse out there, from the D1 level all the way to the MCLA level. Each respective collegiate lacrosse division was represented with five teams so that no one division would rise above the rest. So data was drawn from five D1 teams, five D2 teams, five D3 teams, and five MCLA teams. The specific teams chosen for this research study were selected at random.

In order to further promote accuracy and reliability, all of the height and weight data was drawn directly from the roster lists uploaded onto each respective college’s lacrosse site. This way, all of the height and weight data would be input straight from the source. For your reference, I linked to all of the roster lists used in the creation of this study at the end of the article.

Once the collegiate teams were officially selected, the heights and weights of every player were recorded in order to take the total average of all 886 players involved. In addition to the total height and weight calculated values for the average college lacrosse player, I also classifed the data even further.

I was curious about whether the collegiate division made an impact on how tall or how heavy the average lacrosse player would be. For this reason, I calculated the average height and weight of players at each respective lacrosse division to observe if any sort of statistical trends were present.

My curiosity was also piqued by the prospect of whether or not the average height and weight of a college lacrosse player changed by position. To satisfy my curiosity, I separated all of the data out by position and performed some calculations from there. In short, I was pretty surprised at some of the noticeable discrepancies in player height and weight.

Enough talking! Let’s get to the actual results.

Average Height and Weight of D1 College Lacrosse Player

According to the study, the average height of a D1 collegiate lacrosse player is 6′ 0.10″ and the average weight of a D1 collegiate lacrosse player is 188.37 lbs. This data was drawn from a total of 239 D1 collegiate lacrosse players on five different teams.

To see which D1 lacrosse teams I collected data from and how that data physically turned out, I provided the tables below.

Average Height by D1 Collegiate Lacrosse Team

TeamAverage Midfielder HeightAverage Attackman HeightAverage Defenseman HeightAverage Goalie HeightAverage Face Off HeightAverage Player Height
Denver5′ 11.85″5′ 10.00″5′ 11.72″5′ 11.40″5′ 10.33″5′ 11.44″
Hofstra6′ 0.33″5′ 11.44″6′ 0.90″5′ 11.33″6′ 1.50″6′ 0.27″
Notre Dame6′ 0.88″6′ 1.00″6′ 1.15″6′ 1.50″6′ 1.00″6′ 1.02″
Princeton6′ 0.25″5′ 9.63″6′ 1.09″6′ 0″5′ 9.50″5′ 11.70″
Yale5′ 11.55″5′ 11.89″6′ 0.83″6′ 1.75″5′ 9.67″6′ 0.02″

Average Weight by D1 Collegiate Lacrosse Team

TeamAverage Midfielder Weight (lbs)Average Attackman Weight (lbs)Average Defenseman Weight (lbs)Average Goalie Weight (lbs)Average Face Off Weight (lbs)Average Player Weight (lbs)
Denver185.38175.71186.36183.00203.33185.10
Hofstra181.14176.11190.5173.33212.50183.09
Notre Dame191.96189.00197.10198.75203.00193.72
Princeton190.31170.63192.73181.25188.75186.28
Yale192.33188.56197.5202.25185.00193.39

Average Height and Weight of D2 College Lacrosse Player

According to the research, the average height of a D2 collegiate lacrosse player is 5′ 11.32″ and the average weight of a D2 collegiate lacrosse player is 178.69 lbs. This information was collected from 241 D2 collegiate lacrosse players on five different teams.

For your reference, I organized the tables below so that you could see which D2 collegiate lacrosse teams I selected and recorded data from.

Average Height by D2 Collegiate Lacrosse Team

TeamAverage Midfielder HeightAverage Attackman HeightAverage Defenseman HeightAverage Goalie HeightAverage Face Off HeightAverage Player Height
Bentley5′ 10.70″5′ 10.29″6′ 0″5′ 10.50″5′ 9.67″5′ 10.74″
Florida Southern5′ 10.91″5′ 11.21″5′ 11.75″5′ 10.83″5′ 11.00″5′ 11.16″
Le Moyne5′ 11.18″5′ 11.75″6′ 2.83″5′ 11.60″5′ 10.00″5′ 11.78″
Rockhurst5′ 11.82″5′ 10.55″6′ 0.78″5′ 11.50″6′ 1.00″5′ 11.78″
Wingate5′ 11.47″5′ 10.31″6′ 0.64″6′ 0.33″5′ 8.00″5′ 11.33″

I don’t know what the odds were that Le Moyne and Rockhurst would have literally identical average player heights to the hundredths place, but yes… that happened. Trust me, I double checked the numbers. I was just as astounded as you are!

Average Weight by D2 Collegiate Lacrosse Team

TeamAverage Midfielder Weight (lbs)Average Attackman Weight (lbs)Average Defenseman Weight (lbs)Average Goalie Weight (lbs)Average Face Off Weight (lbs)Average Player Weight (lbs)
Bentley171.25171.43194.44177.5188.33177.00
Florida Southern178.23168.21190.92176.67175.00178.22
Le Moyne174.35172.73191.36180.60172.50178.38
Rockhurst175.00170.56193.33181.25200.00179.26
Wingate176.67173.08184.82216.67192.50180.81

Average Height and Weight of D3 College Lacrosse Player

According to the study, the average height of a D3 collegiate lacrosse player is 5′ 11.77″ and the average weight of a D3 collegiate lacrosse player is 183.85 lbs. The data was drawn from a total 223 D3 collegiate lacrosse players on five different teams.

Again, I put some tables down below to organize the average height and weight distribution of the D3 collegiate players.

Average Height by D3 Collegiate Lacrosse Team

TeamAverage Midfielder HeightAverage Attackman HeightAverage Defenseman HeightAverage Goalie HeightAverage Face Off HeightAverage Player Height
Amherst6′ 0.63″5′ 9.60″6′ 1.14″6′ 0.80″5′ 11.33″6′ 0.29″
Elmhurst5′ 11.78″5′ 9.50″6′ 0.64″5′ 9.50″5′ 11.33″5′ 11.23″
Indianapolis5′ 11.42″5′ 11.00″6′ 1.36″5′ 10.67″5′ 10.33″5′ 11.72″
Tufts6′ 0.10″5′ 11.17″6′ 0.29″5′ 11.00″5′ 10.00″5′ 11.75″
Washington & Lee5′ 11.16″6′ 1.00″5′ 11.70″6′ 0.50″5′ 10.50″5′ 11.76″

Average Weight by D3 Collegiate Lacrosse Team

TeamAverage Midfielder Weight (lbs)Average Attackman Weight (lbs)Average Defenseman Weight (lbs)Average Goalie Weight (lbs)Average Face Off Weight (lbs)Average Player Weight (lbs)
Amherst191.04177.00194.143194.40191.67190.36
Elmhurst175.70166.80186.36177.00186.67177.47
Indianapolis170.27174.50197.2193.50193.33182.14
Tufts184.80187.42190.00180.00187.50186.42
Washington & Lee177.76185.42183.30183.75187.5181.36

Average Height and Weight of MCLA College Lacrosse Player

According to the study, the average height of a MCLA collegiate lacrosse player is 5′ 11.30″ and the average weight of a MCLA collegiate lacrosse player is 176.62 lbs. The information was collected from a total 183 MCLA collegiate lacrosse players on five different teams.

You know the routine by now! Check the tables below for all of the height and weight information on MCLA college lacrosse players.

Average Height by MCLA Collegiate Lacrosse Team

TeamAverage Midfielder HeightAverage Attackman HeightAverage Defenseman HeightAverage Goalie HeightAverage Face Off HeightAverage Player Height
Arizona6′ 0.44″5′ 10.86″6′ 1.00″6′ 0.33″5′ 9.67″6′ 0.05″
Colorado State5′ 10.78″5′ 10.31″5′ 11.13″6′ 10.75″6′ 0″5′ 10.76″
Illinois5′ 10.57″5′ 10.67″5′ 11.75″6′ 1.50″5′ 10.50″5′ 11.06″
Minnesota5′ 10.93″6′ 0″6′ 1.67″6′ 0.75″5′ 10.67″5′ 11.72″
USC5′ 10.44″5′ 11.43″6′ 1.00″5′ 11.005′ 9.00″5′ 11.06″

Average Weight by MCLA Collegiate Lacrosse Team

TeamAverage Midfielder Weight (lbs)Average Attackman Weight (lbs)Average Defenseman Weight (lbs)Average Goalie Weight (lbs)Average Face Off Weight (lbs)Average Player Weight (lbs)
Arizona178.13171.43190.56185.00170.00179.74
Colorado State170.68173.85178.13180.00187.5174.18
Illinos176.53170.83183.13185.00172.50177.42
Minnesota174.57189.00186.67176.25168.33178.72
USC163.75170.57211.00165.00185.00173.68

Average Height and Weight of Collegiate Lacrosse Players By Position

As the final piece of this research study, I separated out all of the height and weight data by lacrosse position. When all of the data had been neatly categorized, I calculated the average height and weight for each individual lacrosse position. A summary of my results is shown in the table below.

PositionAverage HeightAverage Weight
Midfielder5′ 11.60″179.74 lbs
Attackman5′ 11.94″175.79 lbs
Defenseman6′ 0.59″190.68 lbs
Goalie5′ 11.79″184.53 lbs
Face Off5′ 10.61″187.33 lbs

To see the disparity of height and weight among the various collegiate lacrosse division, I constructed the tables below for your reference.

Average Height and Weight of D1 Collegiate Lacrosse Player by Position

PositionAverage HeightAverage Weight
Midfielder6′ 0.19″188.02 lbs
Attackman5′ 11.24″180.22 lbs
Defenseman6′ 0.75″192.94 lbs
Goalie6′ 0.40″188.20 lbs
Face Off5′ 10.93″196.93 lbs

Average Height and Weight of D2 Collegiate Lacrosse Player by Position

PositionAverage HeightAverage Weight
Mifielder6′ 0.22″175.15 lbs
Attackman5′ 10.60″171.148 lbs
Defenseman6′ 0.59″190.75 lbs
Goalie5′ 11.27″184.00 lbs
Face Off5′ 10.17″184.58 lbs

Average Height and Weight of D3 Collegiate Lacrosse Player by Position

PositionAverage HeightAverage Weight
Midfielder5′ 11.86″181.72 lbs
Attackman5′ 10.94″179.02 lbs
Defenseman6′ 0.58″189.89 lbs
Goalie5′ 11.58″186.00 lbs
Face Off5′ 10.77″189.62 lbs

Average Height and Weight of MCLA Collegiate Lacrosse Player by Position

PositionAverage HeightAverage Weight
Midfielder5′ 11.02″172.40 lbs
Attackman5′ 10.89″174.32 lbs
Defenseman6′ 0.33″188.33 lbs
Goalie6′ 0″178.67 lbs
Face Off5′ 10.45″174.54 lbs

Statistical Trends to Take Note Of

After wrapping up the study, there were a couple of statistical trends that I observed. The most notable of which are outlined in the following sections.

Defensemen are the Tallest and Heaviest Collegiate Lacrosse Players on Average

From the height and weight data broken down by position, defensemen are the biggest and tallest players relative to all other positions. On average, defensemen stand at 6′ 0.59″ and weigh 190.68 lbs. To put this in perspective, the average defenseman is approximately an inch taller and a whopping eight pounds heavier than the average collegiate lacrosse player. The question to ask now is why?

Close defenders have to withstand a ton of abuse from attackmen that want to will their way to the cage. Defensemen have to rely on their reach and their body mass to keep opposing dodgers in check.

They utilize their reach by throwing checks at ball carriers from a lengthy distance away. This is important to note because it allows defensemen to sit back in a conservative position. The closer that a defenseman is to the ball carrier, the more likely they are to get beat. Dodgers are taught to get as close to the defenseman as possible while initiating their point of attack because of this very reason.

If a ball carrier executes their dodge from too far away, the defenseman will have more than enough time to react and adapt. On the other hand, if the ball carrier is positioned up close to the defenseman while performing a dodge, the defenseman is forced to make a split second decision and commit to a side.

Taller defensemen have a longer reach and thus have additional time to assess the situation before making the necessary adjustments. Although this extra time may only be a fraction of a second, it is vital at the collegiate level. A split second difference can be all that separates a forced turnover and a goal.

In terms of body mass, having a bit of extra weight on the frame helps defensemen in the long run. Attackmen are always trying to test defensemen to see if they can just bully their way to the goal. This is where lightweight defensemen can experience some trouble. In contrast, heavier defensemen can shut down this nonsense immediately.

Attackmen are the Lightest Collegiate Lacrosse Players on Average

Having just discussed the superior physical prowess of defensemen, it is time to discuss the other end of the physical spectrum by analyzing the attack position.

The positional weight statistics show that attackmen are the lightest collegiate lacrosse players of the bunch at a weight of 175.79 lbs. This is about six pounds lighter than the average collegiate lacrosse player.

At first glance, this statistical trend may seem a tad shocking. But after further analysis, it makes sense.

For one, attackmen do not need to be big and bulky to find success in the sport of lacrosse. Lacrosse is designed to favor speedier players, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Since attackmen are specialized specifically toward the offensive end, it should come as no surprise that the majority of attackmen are wicked fast.

A lightweight body frame is extremely beneficial when it comes to pure speed. It’s just simple physics. With less weight to move around, smaller players don’t need to generate nearly as much power to achieve the same speed and acceleration as larger players.

For this reason, a majority of these offensive playmakers are lighter and quicker on their feet. This helps them blow past defensemen with their linear speed and rapid change of direction.

Are Lacrosse Players Taller and Heavier at the More Competitive College Divisions?

Going into this study, this was one particular area that I had a marked interest in. Most people assume players at the D1 and D2 level to be taller and heavier than players at the D3 and MCLA level. I had a strong desire to see if this was assumption was fact or myth.

Looking at the data, this assumption is partly right and partly wrong. I say partly because the analytics show that D1 collegiate lacrosse players are taller and heavier than players at the D2, D3, and MCLA level but D2 collegiate lacrosse players are shorter and lighter than players at the D3 level.

So what’s the conclusion? It’s hard to say. In my opinion, I believe that we can say with confidence that D1 lacrosse players are taller and heavier than MCLA lacrosse players on average. To remind you of the exact numbers again, the average height and weight of D1 lacrosse players is 6′ 0.10″ and 188.37 lbs, while the average height and weight of MCLA lacrosse players is 5′ 11.30″ and 176.62 lbs.

As you can see, there is a noticeable difference in the average height and weight between these two college lacrosse divisions.

In terms of how the D2 and D3 college lacrosse divisions fit into the mix, I don’t think there is sufficient data to come to a definitive conclusion. There is simply too much grey area to formally accept or reject the assumption that lacrosse players are taller and heavier on average at the more competitive tiers.

Do You Need to Be Taller and Heavier to Play College Lacrosse?

With all these numbers in mind, you are probably wondering if you need to be taller and heavier to reach the competitive level of collegiate lacrosse. The short answer is no, you do not have to have an above average height or an above average weight to make it to the collegiate level.

There are numerous examples of shorter, lighter players that have found tremendous success at the collegiate level. To name a few, you can look up Joey Sankey, Sergio Salcido, and Jordan Wolfe. Out of all these players, John Kluh will always be at the top of my list. Standing at 5′ 4″ and weighing 140 lbs, Kluh was the go to playmaker on offense for Villanova. If you want to get a taste of what Kluh was capable of, check out this highlight below!

How Reliable Is This Data?

Although this study does provide very helpful information about the height and weight distribution of college lacrosse, I would still like to play devil’s advocate and point out possible sources of error that may have influenced the end results.

Slightly Exaggerated Roster Stats

Since all of the data was taken from the lacrosse roster sheets that were uploaded onto each respective team’s website, it is important to consider just how accurate the reported height and weights really are.

Teams have been known to round up their height and weight numbers to make themselves look more intimidating on paper. This helps to conceal any potential weaknesses that their players might have in terms of physical attributes.

Keep in mind that this is not just an issue limited to lacrosse. This is a problem present in all sports from college football to professional basketball (source). Although rounding up one inch or a couple pounds may not seem like a lot at first glance, it could have a tremendous impact on the results of this study if many of the collegiate lacrosse players that were included in the research data stretched the truth.

Not Enough Goalies and Face Off Specialists

In addition, there was not a ton of data collected from goalies or face off specialists within this study when compared to the other lacrosse positions.

Most lacrosse teams only carry two or three goalies and two or three face off specialists. Since only one goalie and one face off specialist can take the field at a time, it wouldn’t make sense for a team to have ten goalies and ten face off specialists listed on the roster.

With that being said, all of the data utilized in this project was taken from twenty teams. So although I recorded height and weight info on 72 goalkeepers and 52 face off specialists, the volume of collected data pales in comparison to the height and weight info I collected on the other positions.

There were 378 midfielders alone that were included in this study. That’s more than 7x as much data for the midfielders compared to the face off specialists!

Due to this discrepancy in data volume, the accuracy of the data for the goalkeepers and face off specialists may not be quite as accurate as the height and weight data on the other positions.

Final Thoughts

To reiterate, I really only included this section to be completely transparent about the research that was conducted. Compared to all the other information available on the web, I’d say this is article is your best bet to get a realistic gauge of the average height and weight of a college lacrosse player.

As an aside, I also conducted an in depth study on the average height and weight of a professional lacrosse player. If you’re interested, you can check out that article here.

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Austin Carmody

I am the owner of Lacrosse Pack. I enjoy hitting the local lacrosse fields and honing in on the craft in my free time.

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