Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association

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Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association
Sport Field lacrosse
Founded 2006
President Ken Lovic (2013- present)
No. of teams 200+
Country United States, Canada
Most recent champion(s) Colorado (DI), Grand Valley State (DII)
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, or an experience paralleling that of NCAA programs. 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, an organization governing a mere 70 teams in 1997, has seen a rapid growth in affiliation as national interest in the sport of lacrosse continues to increase. As of the 2014 season, participation has increased to 210 teams.


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[edit]

The MCLA receives significant print coverage from US Lacrosse's Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse. Inside Lacrosse acquired the license agreement from The Lax Mag in 2012 and devoted further coverage with weekly web editorial and podcasts. In efforts to promote the sport, the MCLA has also made strides to make lacrosse games available to a larger audience. In partnership with The Lacrosse Network (TLN) a YouTube channel devoted to "grow the game of lacrosse," select games are available to viewers with streaming live feed. In the 2012 National Championship, 26 games from the tournament were broadcast live, exclusively on the MCLA tournament website while the Division II Finals, Division I Semifinals and Division I Championship were televised nationally on Fox College Sports. Additional coverage is occasionally featured on ESPN,, various blogs and other news websites. The MCLA mobile app is also available for purchase, featuring headlines, standings, and updated player statistics.


Colorado State University holds the record for most MCLA championships won with six (1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2012 and 2013). The Rams also hold the distinction of sending the first MCLA player into Major League Lacrosse when goaltender Alex Smith made the roster of Denver Outlaws from 2006-2010. Brigham Young (1997, 2000, 2007, 2011) is second in MCLA history with four national titles.

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.[1]

In 2010, Connor Martin of Chapman University, a two-time All American and Offensive Player of the Year, was drafted by the Denver Outlaws. Martin continues to be the only field player from an MCLA school to be drafted and seeing playing time in the MLL.[2] In his debut for the Outlaws, he scored a hat-trick and recorded an assist, earning him MLL Rookie of the Week.[3]

The 2009-2011 MCLA Championships were held at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado.[4]

In 2011, with the conclusion of the agreement between the MCLA and Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, the MCLA selected a new home for the National Championships. The 2012, 2013 MCLA Championships were relocated to a new venue; Sirrine Stadium in Greenville, South Carolina.[5]

The 2014, MCLA National Championships were held in Southern California. The opening two rounds were played at UC Irvine in Orange County and the semifinals and finals at Chapman University in Orange, CA. Two first-time champions were crowned, Colorado (DI) and Grand Valley State (DII).

MCLA Conferences[edit]

The MCLA separates teams into divisions (I or II) based upon performance history, and regional conferences.

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

National Championship[edit]

The National Championships are held in May, featuring 16 qualifying teams from each division in a single-elimination contest to decide the National Champions. Each of the ten conference champions of the regular season receives an automatic bid to the National Tournament. The remaining six teams to qualify for the tournament are selected by an at large process by the MCLA tournament committee.[6]

MCLA Division I Championship history[edit]

(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
2012 Colorado State 7-5 Cal Poly Greenville, South Carolina
2013 Colorado State 7-2 University of Colorado Greenville, South Carolina
2014 University of Colorado 13-12 Arizona State University Irvine, California
Team Championships Winning years
Colorado State 6 1999, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2012, 2013
BYU 4 1997, 2000, 2007, 2011
University of Michigan 3 2008, 2009, 2010
UCSB 2 2004, 2005
Colorado 1 2014
Sonoma State 1 2002
UC Berkeley 1 1998

MCLA Division II Championship history[edit]

(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
2011 Davenport 14-9 St. Thomas Denver, Colorado
2012 St. Thomas 9-8 Grand Valley State Greenville, South Carolina
2013 St. Thomas 9-7 Westminster College Greenville, South Carolina
2014 Grand Valley State 12-11 St. John's Irvine, California
Team Championships Winning years
St. Thomas 4 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
San Diego 2 2005, 2006
Montana 1 2007
Westminster College 1 2008
Davenport University 1 2011
Grand Valley State 1 2014

Executive board[edit]

Executive Board Members[7]

  • President: Ken Lovic (Georgia Tech)
  • Executive Board: Mike Martin
  • Executive Board: Gary Podesta
  • Executive Board (Eligibility Chair): Doug Carl
  • Executive Board: Dave Heisey
  • Director of Finance: Mike Annala

Resources for developing teams[edit]

How to Start a Collegiate Lacrosse Club[8]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]