- Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association
Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association Sport Lacrosse Founded 2006 No. of teams 213 Country(ies) United States, Canada Most recent champion(s) BYU Official website http://mcla.us
The Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) is a national organization of non-NCAA, men's college lacrosse programs. The MCLA oversees game play and conducts national championships for over 200 teams in ten conferences throughout the United States and Canada. The MCLA provides a governing structure much like the NCAA, with eligibility rules, All-Americans and a national tournament to decide national champions in both Divisions I and II.
The MCLA exists to provide a quality college lacrosse experience where varsity NCAA lacrosse does not exist, including at an increasing number of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) schools. Because the NAIA does not sponsor lacrosse currently, many NAIA schools are using the MCLA as a means of organizing their varsity lacrosse programs. On an individual scale, the MCLA provides rules and a structure that promotes "virtual varsity" lacrosse. While the MCLA provides a high level of athletic competition, it is one of the few governing bodies that does not have a national GPA requirement for its athletes. On a national scale, the MCLA provides the infrastructure to support a level playing field through eligibility rules and enforcement and the use of NCAA rules of play. The MCLA has grown from 70 teams to over 200 from 1997-2006.
The MCLA was formerly known as the US Lacrosse Men’s Division of Intercollegiate Associates (USL MDIA). The MCLA was created by the MDIA Board of Directors and its creation was announced by US Lacrosse on August 24, 2006.
MCLA President John Paul was interviewed in a podcast on August 31, 2006. Information obtained from this interview includes:
- MDIA council will cease to exist
- MCLA will run its own national tournament and control its own budget
- MCLA membership will still sit on US Lacrosse boards and committees
- Team dues will be doubled from $500 to $1,000, the only significant impact to teams
- By-Laws are being rewritten to be ratified in January 2007
- Two new Vice President positions have been formed in the MCLA Executive Board and some paid positions will be created
- Long term goals include a full-time paid League Executive Director who will answer to the Executive Board
- Executive Boards of MCLA and conferences will be insured, as will the national tournament, however, players and teams are responsible for their own individual insurance
The MCLA receives significant print coverage from MCLA The Lax Mag, which is published by a private company, holds a license agreement with the MCLA and is dedicated solely to the MCLA. National print coverage is also seen in US Lacrosse's Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse. Online, CollegeLAX.us covers the MCLA with news, polls, and discussion forums. CollegeLAX.us covers solely the MCLA with additional discussion forums on NCAA and WDIA. Additional coverage is occasionally featured on ESPN, LaxPower.com, various blogs and other news websites as the league grows.
The University of Michigan Varsity Club Lacrosse Team became the first team in MCLA history to complete a perfect season by defeating Chapman University in the national championship game on May 17, 2008. The Wolverines were able to repeat their success the following season by once again going undefeated and beating Chapman University in the national championship game on May 16, 2009.
For a full list of teams, see List of MCLA teams.
- Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association
- Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference
- Lone Star Alliance
- Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League
- Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League
- Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference
- SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference
- Southwestern Lacrosse Conference
- Upper Midwest Lacrosse League
- Western Collegiate Lacrosse League
MCLA Division I Championship History
(called Division A thru 2007)
MCLA Division II Championship History
(called Division B thru 2007)
Year Champion Score Defeated Location 2005 San Diego 9-6 UVSC Blaine, Minnesota 2006 San Diego 10-3 St. John's Plano, Texas 2007 Montana 15-5 St. John's Frisco, Texas 2008 Westminster College 17-10 Grand Valley State Irving, Texas 2009 St. Thomas 16-11 Dayton Denver, Colorado 2010 St. Thomas 12-9 Utah Valley Denver, Colorado Team Championships Winning years San Diego 2 2005, 2006 St. Thomas 2 2009, 2010 Montana 1 2007 Westminster College 1 2008
Resources for Developing Teams
- List of MCLA teams
- US Lacrosse
- US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates
- NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship
- ^ "MCLA The Lax Mag FAQ". http://www.mclamag.com. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
- ^ "Brekan Kohlitz, Assistant Coach (1st Season)". http://www.umich.edu/~menslax/Coaches/Kohlitz.htm.
- ^ "MCLA National Tournament Moving to New Home". http://mcla.us/2009/02/mcla-national-tournament-moving-to-new-home/. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
- ^ How to Start a Collegiate Lacrosse Club, http://mcla.us/files/RMLC/club_start.pdf
Lacrosse Leagues Professional Canadian Box LacrosseSenior ASenior BSenior CWest Central Lacrosse League (BCLA)Junior AJunior BJunior C College LacrosseMen's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (non-varsity men)National College Lacrosse League (non-varsity men)Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (non-varsity women) Post-Collegiate Club LacrosseMidwest Cities Lacrosse Conference • Gulf Coast Lacrosse Association • Women's Post-Collegiate Clubs Council • American Lacrosse League Notable Defunct Leagues
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