Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference

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Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference
Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference logo
Association MCLA
Division Division I, II
Members 27
Sports fielded College lacrosse (men's: 27; women's: 0)
Region Midwest and Great Lakes
Headquarters St. Louis, Missouri
Commissioner Matt Gardiner

The Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC) is a conference in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The GRLC incorporates teams in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Wisconsin and is divided into two divisions, Division I and Division II.


The conference was formed in 2002 after teams on the southwestern edge of the conference footprint separated from the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA to form the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference.[1]


GRLC Teams are split into two Divisions with the top programs and larger schools in Division I and smaller schools and programs in Division II. For the 2012 season the conference is composed of 12 members in Division I and 15 members in Division II.

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Team Nickname Primary conference
Division I
University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas 1871 Public 19,849 Razorbacks SEC (Division I)
University of Illinois Champaign, Illinois 1867 Public 42,326 Fighting Illini Big Ten (Division I)
Illinois State University Normal, Illinois 1857 Public 20,104 Redbirds Missouri Valley (Division I)
Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana 1820 Public 38,599 Hoosiers Big Ten (Division I)
University of Iowa Iowa City, Iowa 1847 Public 30,409 Hawkeyes Big Ten (Division I)
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 1865 Public 30,102 Jayhawks Big 12 (Division I)
Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas 1863 Public 23,520 Wildcats Big 12 (Division I)
Miami University Oxford, Ohio 1809 Public 20,126 RedHawks Mid-American (Division I)
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839 Public 32,000 Tigers SEC (Division I)
University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska 1869 Public 23,000 Cornhuskers Big Ten (Division I)
Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana 1869 Public 39,697 Boilermakers Big Ten (Division I)
University of Wisconsin Madison, Wisconsin 1848 Public 42,000 Badgers Big Ten (Division I)
Division II
Cornell College* Mount Vernon, Iowa 1853 Private/Methodist 1,200 Rams IIAC (Division III)
Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska 1878 Private/Catholic (Jesuit) 4,133 Bluejays Big East Conference (Division I)
DePaul University Chicago, Illinois 1898 Private/Catholic (Vincentian) 16,199 Blue Demons Big East (D-I)
Dordt College Sioux Center, Iowa 1955 Private/Christian Reformed 1,350 Defenders Great Plains (NAIA)
Harding University Searcy, Arkansas 1924 Private/Church of Christ 6,108 Bisons Gulf South Conference (Division II)
Judson University Elgin, Illinois 1963 Private/Baptist 1,231 Eagles Chicagoland (NAIA)
Lindenwood University – Belleville Belleville, Illinois 2003 Private/Presbyterian 2,364 Lynx Independent (USCAA)
Missouri Baptist University St. Louis, Missouri 1828 Private/Evangelical 2,800 Spartans American Midwest Conference (NAIA)
Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T) Rolla, Missouri 1870 Public 6,815 Miners Great Lakes Valley (Division II)
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public 21,000 Bears Missouri Valley (Division I)
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 1818 Private/Catholic (Jesuit) 12,733 Billikens A-10 (Division I)
Wabash College Crawfordsville, Indiana 1832 Private/nonsectarian 875 (All Male) Little Giants NCAC (Division III)
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1853 Private/nonsectarian 13,527 Bears University Athletic Association (Division III)
Wheaton College Wheaton, Illinois 1860 Private/Evangelical 2,890 Thunder CCIW (Division III)

* Denotes an associate member.

Former members[edit]

Institution Location Team Nickname Years New Conference New Classification
Augustana College Rock Island, Illinois Vikings 2002-2011 Independent NCAA Division III
Lindenwood University St. Charles, Missouri Lions 2003-2011 ECAC II NCAA Division II
Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois Huskies 2002-2005 Chicago Division GLLL
Northwestern College Orange City, Iowa Red Raiders 2006-2009 ceased operations in 2009 N/A
Rockhurst University Kansas City, Missouri Hawks 2008-2010 WILA NCAA Division II
University of Memphis Memphis, Tennessee Tigers 2005-2011 Independent in 2011 NCLL Deep South Conference
University of Mississippi Oxford, Mississippi Rebels 2008-2009 SELC MCLA Division I
University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, Nebraska Mavericks 2005-2010 ceased operations in 2010 N/A
University of South Dakota Vermillion, South Dakota Coyotes 2002-2010 ceased operations in 2010 N/A
Western Illinois University Macomb, Illinois Leathernecks 2002-2007 Chicago Division GLLL
Rose–Hulman Institute of Technology Terre Haute, Indiana Fightin' Engineers 2006-2008 ceased operations in 2008 N/A


  1. ^ "About the CCLA". CCLA. Retrieved January 30, 2012. 

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