Great Lakes Lacrosse League
|Motto||"Play more, pay less"|
|No. of teams||44|
|Notre Dame Gold (2016)|
|Official website||Great Lakes Lacrosse League|
The Great Lakes Lacrosse League (GLLL) is a regional organization of non-varsity men's club field lacrosse programs in the Midwestern United States. The GLLL was founded in 2004 to provide a competitive league for teams in the Midwest who want to play in a well-organized league outside of NCAA restrictions and without the expense of being a "virtual varsity."
The GLLL has grown to 44 teams, from eight different states including: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. The league is divided into six geographic divisions. Members of the GLLL strive to find a greater balance between athletics, personal life and academics. The season culminates each year with a championship tournament.
The GLLL originally formed with nine club teams in 2004. The founding teams were: Carleton College, Loyola University, Northern Michigan University, St. Norbert College, University of Wisconsin, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, University of Wisconsin–Platteville, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and Mad Cow Lacrosse Club (Milwaukee).
GLLL league play consists of several mini-tourneys per season where multiple teams play each other at one site. Playing two games in a day allows teams to get their regular season schedule of approximately 8-10 games completed over five weekends in the spring. The season culminates in the championship tournament weekend in which all teams participate and are seeded by regional rankings.
The GLLL is grouped into six divisions. Each division winner receives a championship plaque for their season and, along with two wildcard clubs, compete for the championship title. The remaining teams compete in a second-tier consolation bracket. Trophies are awarded for first through third place in both championship and consolation brackets. This format allows both strong teams and developing programs a more competitive experience.
Teams by division
- Wisconsin Grey
- Wisconsin Red
- Wisconsin White
- University of Chicago
- Lake Forest
- Northern Illinois
- Southern Illinois
- Western Illinois
- Wheaton College
- Holy Cross College
- Lake Superior State University
- Michigan State University
- Northwood University
- Notre Dame Blue
- Notre Dame Gold
- Schoolcraft College
- Taylor University
- Wayne State University
North Central Division
- Saint Mary's
- UW-Eau Claire
- UW-La Crosse
- UW-River Falls
- Mad Cow LC
- Michigan Technological University
- Northern Michigan
- St. Norbert
- UW-Stevens Point
- Concordia (Moorhead)
- Gustavus Adolphus
- St. Olaf
- South Dakota State
GLLL Championship history
|2009||Wisconsin||Holy Cross College||6-4||Tournament MVP Jeff Byers (HCC)|
|2010||Holy Cross College||Wisconsin||6-5||Tournament MVP Jeff Byers (HCC)|
|2011||UW-Milwaukee||UW-Platteville||12-5||Tournament MVP Jack Peterson (UW-Milwaukee)|
|2012||Wisconsin Red||Holy Cross College||9-8|
|2013||Wisconsin Red||Notre Dame||8-5|
|2014||Notre Dame||Wisconsin Red||4-3|
|2015||Marquette||Wisconsin Red||7-6||Tournament MVP Dan Javor (Marquette)|
|2016||Notre Dame Gold||Notre Dame Blue||9-6|
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- "2010 Great Lakes Lacrosse League Champions!!!". Holy Cross College Athletics News. 25 April 2010.
- "Red Team wins the 2013 GLLL Championship". Badger Lacrosse. 14 June 2013.
- "ND Club Lacrosse Game Schedule". ND Club Lacrosse. 27 April 2014.