Lacrosse is often called the fastest sport on two feet, but it has slowed considerably in recent years. That has sparked debate over a measure to speed up the game that men’s college basketball initiated nearly three decades ago: a shot clock.
Televised games, particularly in the N.CA.A. tournament, which begins Saturday, are driving the discussion. As college lacrosse’s national visibility reaches new heights — more than 70 games will be broadcast this season — concern has arisen over the game’s appeal to viewers.
In the 2010 national championship, broadcast on ESPN, Duke outlasted Notre Dame, 6-5, in overtime. Last year, Maryland seemed to stall its way to the national championship game, beating Duke in the semifinals, 9-4, and...