Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association

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

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

Media coverage

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[1] and is dedicated solely to the MCLA. National print coverage is also seen in US Lacrosse's Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse. Online, covers the MCLA with news, polls, and discussion forums. covers solely the MCLA with additional discussion forums on NCAA and WDIA. Additional coverage is occasionally featured on ESPN,, 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.

In 2008, Brekan Kohlitz of the University of Michigan became the first MCLA player drafted to the MLL by the Washington Bayhawks.[2]

The 2009 MCLA Championships was held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado from May 12–16, 2009.[3]

MCLA Conferences

For a full list of teams, see List of MCLA teams.

MCLA Division I Championship History

(called Division A thru 2007)

Year Champion Score Defeated Location
1997 BYU 15-13 UCSB St. Louis, Missouri
1998 UC Berkeley 16-15 OT BYU St. Louis, Missouri
1999 Colorado State 15-11 Simon Fraser St. Louis, Missouri
2000 BYU 17-13 Colorado State St. Louis, Missouri
2001 Colorado State 16-7 Stanford St. Louis, Missouri
2002 Sonoma State 13-10 Colorado State St. Louis, Missouri
2003 Colorado State 6-4 UCSB St. Louis, Missouri
2004 UCSB 8-7 Colorado State St. Louis, Missouri
2005 UCSB 8-7 Sonoma State Blaine, Minnesota
2006 Colorado State 8-7 Colorado Plano, Texas
2007 BYU 16-9 Oregon Frisco, Texas
2008 University of Michigan 14-11 Chapman University Irving, Texas
2009 University of Michigan 12-11 Chapman University Denver, Colorado
2010 University of Michigan 12-11 Arizona State University Denver, Colorado
2011 BYU 10-8 Arizona State University Denver, Colorado
Team Championships Winning years
BYU 4 1997, 2000, 2007, 2011
Colorado State 4 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006
University of Michigan 3 2008, 2009, 2010
UCSB 2 2004, 2005
Sonoma State 1 2002
UC Berkeley 1 1998

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


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