Midwest Lacrosse Conference

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Midwest Lacrosse Conference
Established 2010
Association NCAA
Division Division III FCS
Members 7
Sports fielded 1 (lacrosse) (men's: 1; women's: 0)
Region Midwestern United States
Headquarters Waukesha, Wisconsin
Commissioner G. Steven Larson
Website mlc-mwlc.org

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 conferences who do not sponsor lacrosse.

History[edit]

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.[1] 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. [2]

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.[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]

Current members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Home Conference
Aurora University Spartans Aurora, Illinois 1893 Private/Non-sectarian 3,000 2011 Northern
Beloit College Buccaneers Beloit, Wisconsin 1846 Private/United Church of Christ 1,300 2015 Midwest
Benedictine University Eagles Lisle, Illinois 1,887 Private/Catholic 3,800 2013 Northern
Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons Mequon. Wisconsin 1881 Private/Lutheran 4,400 2011 Northern
Cornell College Rams Mount Vernon, Iowa 1853 Private/United Methodist 1,200 2015 Midwest
Fontbonne University Griffins St. Louis, Missouri 1923 Private/Catholic 2,100 2010 SLIAC
Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1903 Private/Non-sectarian 2,500 2010 Northern

Former Members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Joined Left Current Conference
Adrian College Bulldogs Adrian, Michigan 1859 Private/Methodist 2010 2013 MIAA
Albion College Britons Albion Michigan 1835 Private/Methodist 2010 2013 MIAA
Augustana College Vikings Rock Island, Illinois 1860 Private/Lutheran 2013 2015 CCIW
Carthage College Red Men Kenosha, Wisconsin 1847 Private/Lutheran 2010 2015 CCIW
Defiance College Yellow Jackets Defiance, Ohio 1850 Private/United Church of Christ 2013 2015 Ohio River
Elmhurst College Bluejays Elmhurst, Illinois 1871 Private/United Church of Christ 2013 2015 CCIW
Hanover College Panthers Hanover, Indiana 1827 Private/Presbyterian 2012 2015 Ohio River
Mount St. Joseph University Lions Delhi Township, Ohio 1920 Private/Catholic 2012 2015 Ohio River
Trine University Thunder Angola Indiana 1884 Private/Non-sectarian 2010 2013 MIAA

References[edit]

  1. ^ LaxPower staff (2010-01-07). "Midwest Lacrosse Conference Ready for Inaugural Season". LaxPower.com. Retrieved April 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ NCAA (2011-05-13). "Midwest Lacrosse Conference adds four". Retrieved Jun 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Midwest Lacrosse Conference (2013-10-24). "MLC Adds Three Schools for 2014-15". midwestlaxconference.org. Retrieved October 26, 2013. 

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