Great Lakes Lacrosse League

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Great Lakes Lacrosse League
Great Lakes Lacrosse League logo.jpg
Sport Field Lacrosse
Founded 2004
President Hal Rosenberg
Motto "Play more, pay less"
No. of teams 40
Most recent
Notre Dame Gold (2017)
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 40 teams from eight different states: 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 Chicago, 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).

League play[edit]

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[edit]

Central Division[edit]

  • Iowa
  • Marquette
  • Wisconsin Grey
  • Wisconsin Red
  • Wisconsin White
  • UW-Milwaukee
  • UW-Platteville
  • UW-Whitewater

Chicago Division[edit]

  • Bradley University
  • University of Chicago
  • DePaul University
  • Lake Forest College
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Western Illinois University
  • Wheaton College (IL)

Eastern Division[edit]

  • Holy Cross College
  • Lake Superior State
  • Michigan State
  • Northwood
  • Notre Dame Blue
  • Notre Dame Gold

North Central Division[edit]

  • Bethel
  • UW-Eau Claire
  • UW-La Crosse
  • UW-River Falls
  • UW-Stout

Northern Division[edit]

  • Mad Cow LC
  • Michigan Tech
  • Northern Michigan
  • UW-Oshkosh
  • UW-Stevens Point

West Division[edit]

  • Carleton
  • Dordt
  • Gustavus Adolphus
  • North Dakota
  • St. Olaf
  • South Dakota State
  • Winona State

GLLL Championship history[edit]

Season Champion Runner-up Result Notes
2009 Wisconsin Holy Cross (IN) 6–4 Tournament MVP Jeff Byers (Holy Cross)[1]
2010 Holy Cross (IN) Wisconsin 6–5 Tournament MVP Jeff Byers (Holy Cross)[2]
2011 Milwaukee UW-Platteville 12–5 Tournament MVP Jack Peterson (Milwaukee)
2012 Wisconsin Red Holy Cross (IN) 9–8
2013 Wisconsin Red Notre Dame 8–5[3]
2014 Notre Dame Wisconsin Red 4–3[4]
2015 Marquette Wisconsin Red 7–6 Tournament MVP Dan Javor (Marquette)
2016 Notre Dame Gold Notre Dame Blue 9–6
2017 Notre Dame Gold Wisconsin Red 8–7
2018 Notre Dame Blue Wisconsin Red 9–6


  1. ^ "Saints Finish Second in GLLL". Holy Cross College Athletics News. 27 April 2009.
  2. ^ "2010 Great Lakes Lacrosse League Champions!!!". Holy Cross College Athletics News. 25 April 2010.
  3. ^ "Red Team wins the 2013 GLLL Championship". Badger Lacrosse. 14 June 2013.
  4. ^ "ND Club Lacrosse Game Schedule". ND Club Lacrosse. 27 April 2014.

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