Midwest Lacrosse Conference

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Midwest Lacrosse Conference
DivisionDivision III
Sports fielded
  • 1 (men's lacrosse)
RegionMidwestern United States
HeadquartersWaukesha, Wisconsin
CommissionerG. Steven Larson

The Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC) is a men's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III lacrosse-only college athletic conference composed of schools located in the Midwestern United States. All schools are members of conferences that do not sponsor lacrosse.


Founding members Adrian College, Albion College, Carthage College, Fontbonne University, Milwaukee School of Engineering, College of Mount St. Joseph and Trine University ratified bylaws on June 2, 2009.[1] The NCAA recognition of the new conference went into effect September 1, 2009 and conference play began on February 13, 2010. Many of the MLC members also field women's lacrosse as part of the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference, which began in 2011.[2]

Because the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association added lacrosse beginning with the 2013 season, their members played their last season in the MLC during 2012. Likewise, the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin added lacrosse beginning with the 2015 season, so their teams played their last season in the MLC during 2014.[3] The three schools in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference starting playing in the new lacrosse-only Ohio River Lacrosse Conference in 2015 as well.[4]

Beloit College and Cornell College joined the MLC in the spring of 2015. Concordia University Chicago joined in 2016 and Monmouth College joined in 2017.[4]

Member schools[edit]

Current members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Enrollment Joined Home Conference
Aurora University Spartans Aurora, Illinois 1893 Private - Non-sectarian 3,000 2011 Northern
Beloit College Buccaneers Beloit, Wisconsin 1846 Private - United Church of Christ 1,300 2015 Midwest
Benedictine University Eagles Lisle, Illinois 1887 Private - Catholic 3,800 2013 Northern
Concordia University Chicago Cougars River Forest. Illinois 1864 Private - Lutheran Church Missouri Synod 1,600 2016 Northern
Concordia University Wisconsin Falcons Mequon. Wisconsin 1881 Private - Lutheran Church Missouri Synod 4,400 2011 Northern
Cornell College Rams Mount Vernon, Iowa 1853 Private - United Methodist 1,200 2015 Midwest
Fontbonne University Griffins St. Louis, Missouri 1923 Private - Catholic 2,100 2010 SLIAC
Monmouth College Fighting Scots Monmouth, Illinois 1853 Private - Presbyterian (U.S.A.) 1,300 2017 Midwest
Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1903 Private - Non-sectarian 2,500 2010 Northern

Former Members[edit]

Institution Nickname Location Founded Type Joined Left Current Conference
Adrian College Bulldogs Adrian, Michigan 1859 Private - Methodist 2010 2013 MIAA
Albion College Britons Albion, Michigan 1835 Private - Methodist 2010 2013 MIAA
Augustana College Vikings Rock Island, Illinois 1860 Private - Lutheran 2013 2015 CCIW
Carthage College Red Men Kenosha, Wisconsin 1847 Private - Lutheran 2010 2015 CCIW
Defiance College Yellow Jackets Defiance, Ohio 1850 Private - United Church of Christ 2013 2015 Ohio River
Elmhurst College Bluejays Elmhurst, Illinois 1871 Private - United Church of Christ 2013 2015 CCIW
Hanover College Panthers Hanover, Indiana 1827 Private - Presbyterian 2012 2015 Ohio River
Mount St. Joseph University Lions Delhi Township, Ohio 1920 Private - Catholic 2012 2015 Ohio River
Trine University Thunder Angola, Indiana 1884 Private - Non-sectarian 2010 2013 MIAA


  1. ^ LaxPower staff (2010-01-07). "Midwest Lacrosse Conference Ready for Inaugural Season". LaxPower.com. Retrieved April 15, 2011.
  2. ^ "About the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference". Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  3. ^ College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (2013-10-25). "CCIW to add men's and women's lacrosse beginning in 2014-15". cciw.org. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "About the Midwest Lacrosse Conference". Retrieved December 5, 2015.

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