Michigan Wolverines men's lacrosse

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Michigan Wolverines men's lacrosse
Michigan Wolverines logo.svg
Founded 2012
University University of Michigan
Conference Big Ten Conference
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan
Coach John Paul (7-37, 3 years) (2012-present)
Stadium Michigan Stadium[1]
(capacity: 107,601)
Nickname Wolverines
Colors Maize and Blue[2]
Pre-NCAA Era Champions
(MCLA) 2008, 2009, 2010
Conference Tournament Champions
CCLA: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
Conference Regular Season Champions
CCLA: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

The Michigan Wolverines men's lacrosse team is the intercollegiate men's lacrosse program representing the University of Michigan. The school competes in the Big Ten Conference in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).[3] The Wolverines play their home games in Ann Arbor, primarily at Michigan Stadium with the indoor Oosterbaan Field House as a secondary option. Prior to joining the NCAA, Michigan competed as a varsity-club program at the Division I level of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) in the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA), where the Wolverines secured three MCLA national championships and won 11 consecutive conference titles. The team is currently coached by John Paul.


The Michigan men's lacrosse team is one of the oldest collegiate lacrosse programs in the midwest, having been founded in 1940,[4] the program is also the most successful athletic program at Michigan, with an .830 all-time win percentage. The program was elevated from varsity-club status to NCAA status by the university in May 2011 and began NCAA Division I competition in 2012.[5] The Wolverines previously competed at the Division I level of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA), in the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA). In 2008 the team became the first MCLA team to complete a season undefeated, finishing 20-0 and winning their first national championship at Texas Stadium. The feat was repeated in 2009 with another 20-0 season and earned their second national championship with a 12-11 victory over Chapman University at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Denver, Colorado. In 2010, they won their third MCLA national championship in a row, defeating Arizona State University 12-11 in Denver. In July 2011 the university announced that the program would join the ECAC Lacrosse League as the league's eighth member. The Wolverines played as an affiliate member during the 2012 season and became a full member in their second season of NCAA Division I competition in 2013.[3]

Inaugural NCAA Season[edit]

  •   Green background indicates regulation or overtime win.
  •   Red background indicates regulation or overtime loss.
# Date Opponent Score OT Location Attendance Record
1 February 4 Exh. Denison (D-III) W 12-8 Oosterbaan Field House, Ann Arbor, MI 865 0-0
2 February 11 Detroit L 9-13 Ultimate Soccer Arena, Pontiac, MI 1,800 0-1
3 February 18 at #17 Penn State L 9-16 PSU Lacrosse Field, University Park, PA 631 0-2
4 February 25 at #12 Denver L 5-17 Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium, Denver, CO 2,191 0-3
5 February 26 Air Force L 6-15 Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium N/A 0-4
6 March 2 at Jacksonville L 8-9 OT D.B. Milne Field, Jacksonville, FL 456 0-5
7 March 4 Mercer W 14-4 D.B. Milne Field N/A 1-5
8 March 7 vs #9 Loyola (MD) L 8-15 Oosterbaan Field House 473 1-6
9 March 17 vs Bellarmine L 9-13 Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI 858 1-7
10 March 24 vs Mount St. Mary's L 6-15 Michigan Stadium 902 1-8
11 March 31 at Harvard L 7-11 Harvard Stadium, Cambridge, MA 1,141 1-9
12 April 7 vs Delaware L 7-11 Michigan Stadium 915 1-10
13 April 14 vs Ohio State L 9-12 Michigan Stadium 4,458 1-11
14 April 21 at Rutgers L 9-13 Yurcak Field, Piscataway, NJ 1,171 1-12
15 May 5 at North Carolina L 5-19 Fetzer Field, Chapel Hill, NC 1,850 1-13

Note: Michigan will be an affiliate member of the ECAC in 2012, thus, their games against ECAC members will not count in the ECAC standings towards Michigan, or their opponent. Michigan is also ineligible for the ECAC tournament until 2013.[6]


In 2008 Michigan faceoff specialist Brekan Kohlitz became the first MCLA player ever selected in the Major League Lacrosse draft when he was taken in the 5th round by the Washington Bayhawks. Then in 2016 Michigan attackman, Kyle Jackson was drafted as the 7th pick in the National Lacrosse League by the Rochester Knighthawks.

MCLA era Championships[edit]

Michigan in action against Ohio State in 2015

National championships[edit]

MCLA Division I: 2008, 2009, 2010

Conference championships[edit]

CCLA: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011


  1. ^ MGoBlue.com, Michigan Stadium will be the primary home to Wolverine Lacrosse, while Oosterbaan Fieldhouse will host the home opener in the 2012 season. Retrieved December 28, 2011
  2. ^ "Style Guide: Colors". Office of Global Communications, University of Michigan. 2015-07-07. Retrieved 2015-07-07. 
  3. ^ a b Nesbitt, Stephen J. (July 10, 2011). "Michigan lacrosse program becomes eighth member of ECAC". The Michigan Daily. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Michigan adds men's and women's lacrosse". NCAA. May 27, 2011. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ Snyder, Mark (May 25, 2011). "Michigan adds men's, women's lacrosse as varsity sports". USA Today. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Michigan Joins ECAC". NCAA. July 7, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2011. 

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