Midwest Lacrosse Conference
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.
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. 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.
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. These three new schools will take the place of the three CCIW schools leaving at the same time.
|Institution||City||State||Team Name||Affiliation||Enrollment||Home Conference|
|Augustana College (Illinois)**||Rock Island||Illinois||Vikings||Private/Lutheran||2,500||CCIW|
|Beloit College*||Beloit||Wisconsin||Buccaneers||Private/United Church of Christ||1,000||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|
|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.
- 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.
- LaxPower staff (2010-01-07). "Midwest Lacrosse Conference Ready for Inaugural Season". LaxPower.com. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
- NCAA (2011-05-13). "Midwest Lacrosse Conference adds four". Retrieved Jun 6, 2011.
- Midwest Lacrosse Conference (2013-10-24). "MLC Adds Three Schools for 2014-15". midwestlaxconference.org. Retrieved October 26, 2013.