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Lacrosse A New Recruiting Tool For Private Colleges

PAINESVILLE, Ohio -- The only reason Julia Kudla visited Lake Erie College was because it offered lacrosse. At the time, the then-senior at Souderton High School in Harleysville, Pa. wasn't even sure where Painesville was.

"I didn't really know much about the Cleveland area," said Kudla, who was contacted after Lake Erie's lacrosse coach saw her play in an East Coast tournament. "I was pleasantly surprised when I visited the campus."

Lacrosse has become the latest recruitment tool for private universities in Ohio and other Midwestern states. Relatively inexpensive to start, the sport is growing in popularity at high schools. By offering the chance to play at the next level, colleges hope to attract students who otherwise wouldn't have considered those campuses.

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