Given the number of schools now offering collegiate lacrosse and the still relatively young nature of the sport in Pittsburgh, it isn't surprising that some athletes might not understand where they might fit in at the next level.

You're probably not D1. Take a look at this short post from last June to understand why. When you accept the fact that you aren't D1, you've already chopped off 70 schools from your list. The next step...

Take a look at where other Pittsburgh kids have committed.

These schools have familiarity with Pittsburgh talent. It is easier for coaches to recruit known assets who are willing to attend their school. A D2 school in South Carolina might not know anything about Pittsburgh lacrosse but a D3 school in Ohio that already has Pittsburgh natives on the roster would be more likely to consider

You'll have familiarity with that player and be able to compare skill sets. The 2017 class features recruits to Cleveland State, Ithaca, Washington & Lee, Otterbein, Wheeling Jesuit, Alderson Broaddus, Baldwin Wallace, and Heidelberg. This is not a complete list.

The final move would be identifying a current college junior or senior to see if he's actually getting playing time at the college. There's a big difference between being a recruit and being a contributing member on game day. 

As mentioned above, the process of creating your list becomes infinitely much easier when the player is self aware. If you're not a dominating player in WPIAL, there are many D2 and D3 schools that aren't going to be interested. If you're willing to hit the weight room, hone your stick work on your own time, and be a great teammate, there will be many programs glad to have your services.