Midwest Lacrosse Conference

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The Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC) is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III lacrosse-only college athletic conference composed of schools located in the Midwestern United States. All schools are members of other conferences in other sports and formed the MLC until such time as their existing conferences add lacrosse. In fact, because the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association officially added lacrosse beginning with the 2012-13 season, their members played their last season in the MLC during 2011-12. This effectively shifted the conference further west. Likewise, the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin will officially add lacrosse beginning with the 2014-15 season, so their teams will play their last season in the MLC during 2013-2014.[1]

Founding members Adrian College, Albion College, Carthage College, Fontbonne University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, College of Mount St. Joseph and Trine University ratified bylaws on June 2, 2009.[2] The NCAA recognition of the new conference went into effect September 1, 2009 and conference play began on February 13, 2010. Many of the MLC members also field women's lacrosse as part of the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference, which began in the 2010-11 academic year. And the MLC conference champion will gain an automatic qualifying (AQ) bid to the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship beginning in the 2011-12 academic year. Dan Harris, Director of Athletics at MSOE, is the first commissioner of the conference. Adrian has won the conference's first two titles, and recently competed in the NCAA Division III tournament, losing a first-round game in overtime. It was the first appearance in the national tournament by an MLC team.[3]

On October 23, 2013, Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC) administrators approved the additions of Beloit College, Carroll University, and Cornell College. All three institutions will begin MLC play in the spring of 2015.[4] These three new schools will take the place of the three CCIW schools leaving at the same time.

Member schools[edit]

Institution City State Team Name Affiliation Enrollment Home Conference
Augustana College (Illinois)** Rock Island Illinois Vikings Private/Lutheran 2,500 CCIW
Aurora University Aurora Illinois Spartans Private/Non-sectarian 4,400 Northern
Beloit College* Beloit Wisconsin Buccaneers Private/United Church of Christ 1,000 Midwest
Benedictine University Lisle Illinois Eagles Private/Catholic 1,300 Northern
Carroll University* Waukesha Wisconsin Pioneers Private/Presbyterian 2,789 Midwest
Carthage College** Kenosha Wisconsin Red Men Private/Lutheran 2,188 CCIW
Concordia University Wisconsin Mequon Wisconsin Falcons Private/Lutheran 1,608 Northern
Cornell College* Mount Vernon Iowa Rams Private/United Methodist 1,176 Midwest
Defiance College Defiance Ohio Yellow Jackets Private/United Church of Christ 1,000 HCAC
Elmhurst College** Elmhurst Illinois Bluejays Private/United Church of Christ 3,400 CCIW
Fontbonne University St. Louis Missouri Griffins Private/Catholic 2,924 SLIAC
Hanover College Hanover Indiana Panthers Private/Presbyterian 975 HCAC
Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee Wisconsin Raiders Private/Non-sectarian 1,929 Northern
College of Mount St. Joseph Cincinnati Ohio Lions Private/Catholic 1,334 HCAC

* Schools joining in 2014-15 academic year.
** Schools leaving in 2014-15 academic year.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (2013-10-25). "CCIW to add men's and women's lacrosse beginning in 2014-15". cciw.org. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ LaxPower staff (2010-01-07). "Midwest Lacrosse Conference Ready for Inaugural Season". LaxPower.com. Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
  3. ^ NCAA (2011-05-13). "Midwest Lacrosse Conference adds four". Retrieved Jun 6, 2011. 
  4. ^ Midwest Lacrosse Conference (2013-10-24). "MLC Adds Three Schools for 2014-15". midwestlaxconference.org. Retrieved October 26, 2013.