Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association

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Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association
Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association logo
Association Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association
Division Division I, II
Members 25
Sports fielded College lacrosse (men's: 25; women's: 0)
Region Midwest and Great Lakes
Commissioner Owen Blank
Website http://mcla.us/CCLA/

The Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) is a lacrosse-only athletic conference affiliated with the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The CCLA incorporates teams in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. The conference is divided into two divisions, Division I and Division II.


The Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association was founded in 1972 as the Big Ten Lacrosse League. In 1999 the Big Ten Lacrosse League began accepting members outside of Big Ten schools. The CCLA is one of the original MCLA conferences and at one point included schools across the Midwestern United States. In 2002, schools from the southwestern portion of the conference left to form the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference.[1] The current CCLA includes 25 teams split into two Divisions with the top programs and larger schools in Division I and smaller schools and programs in Division II.

The CCLA is one of the most competitive MCLA conferences. A number of the member schools are consistently nationally ranked.[2] Michigan won three straight MCLA DI Champions in 2008, 2009, and 2010 while the program was a member of the CCLA.[3] In 2011 the university announced a move to the NCAA Division I level, ending the Wolverines long run of consecutive CCLA conference championships at 11.[3] At the Division II level the CCLA has been represented in the MCLA DII Championship twice in the past three years, in 2008 Grand Valley State lost 17-10 to Westminster College[4] and in 2009 Dayton lost to the University of St. Thomas 11-16.[5] In the 2011 MCLA Division II Championship Davenport defeated St. Thomas 14-9.[6]

Division I[edit]

As of 2015 six institutions make up the CCLA Division I. All of the CCLA DI members are members of NCAA Division I except Davenport University. Currently the CCLA DI league includes three teams from the Mid-American Conference, one team from Big Ten Conference, one team from the Big East Conference and one team from the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Team Nickname Primary conference
Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Michigan 1892 Public 26,788 Chippewas Mid-American (Division I)
Davenport University Grand Rapids, MI 1866 Private 12,471 Panthers Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic NAIA
Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan 1855 Public 47,278 Spartans Big Ten (Division I)
University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1787 Public 28,328 Panthers Big East (Division I)
University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio 1872 Public 23,336 Rockets Mid-American (Division I)
Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Michigan 1903 Public 24,818 Broncos Mid-American (Division I)

Division II[edit]

Twenty institutions make up the CCLA Division II League. The league has members from various collegiate athletics conferences in both the NCAA and NAIA.

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Team Nickname Primary conference
Aquinas College Grand Rapids, Michigan 1886 Private 2,159 Saints WHAC (NAIA)
Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1900 Private/Nonsectarian 10,875 Tartans UAA (Division III)
University of Dayton Dayton, Ohio 1850 Private/Catholic 10,569 Flyers Atlantic 10 (Division I)
Ferris State University Big Rapids, Michigan 1884 Public 13,865 Bulldogs GLIAC (Division II)
Grand Valley State University Allendale, Michigan 1960 Public 24,408 Lakers GLIAC (Division II)
Grove City College Grove City, Pennsylvania 1876 Private/Christian 2,500 Wolverines PAC (Division III)
Indiana Institute of Technology Fort Wayne, Indiana 1930 Private 3,207 Warriors WHAC (NAIA)
Lawrence Technological University Southfield, MI 1932 Private 4,000 Blue Devils WHAC (NAIA)
Lourdes College Sylvania, OH 1958 Private/Catholic 2,616 Gray Wolves WHAC (NAIA)
University of Michigan-Dearborn Dearborn, Michigan 1959 Public 8,634 Wolverines Wolverine-Hoosier (NAIA)
Northwood University Midland, Michigan 1961 Private 1,987 Timberwolves GLIAC (Division II)
Oakland University Rochester, Michigan 1957 Public 18,553 Grizzlies The Summit League (Division I)
Siena Heights University Adrian, Michigan 1919 Private/Catholic 2,274 Saints Wolverine-Hoosier (NAIA)
Taylor University Upland, Indiana 1846 Private/Christian 2,533 Trojans Crossroads (NAIA)

Former Teams[edit]

Institution Location Founded Joined Left Affiliation Enrollment Team Nickname Current Lacrosse Conference Primary Conference
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan 1820 1972 2012 Public 43,625 Wolverines Big Ten (Division 1) Big Ten (Division 1)
Calvin College Grand Rapids, Michigan 1876 1998 2012 Private/Christian Reformed 4,200 Knights MIAA (Division 3) MIAA (Division 3)
Hope College Holland, Michigan 1866 2002 2012 Private/Reformed 3,200 Flying Dutchmen MIAA (Division 3) MIAA (Division 3)
Butler University Indianapolis,Indiana 1855 2011 2013 Private 4,667 Bulldogs NCLL Big East
John Carroll University University Heights, Ohio 1886 2009 2013 Private/Catholic 3,700 Blue Streaks OAC (Division 3) OAC (Division 3)
Ohio University Athens, Ohio 1804 2011 2014 Public 20,437 Bobcats NCLL Mid-American (Division I)


  1. ^ "About the CCLA". CCLA. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ "CCLA Poll". LaxAllStars.com. October 1, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Michigan adds men’s and women’s lacrosse". NCAA. May 27, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ Staff (May 17, 2008). "Westminster College Men's Lacrosse Wins MCLA Championship". KSL-FM. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  5. ^ "2009 CCLA Champions Earn National #1 Seed". University of Dayton. 5/3/09. Retrieved July 31, 2010.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Hanson, Tim (May 31, 2011). "Davenport Lacrosse Wins MCLA National Championship". MLive.com. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 

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