Welcome to the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Associates website, a communication tool for student-athletes, coaches, fans and interested spectators to know more about our college club lacrosse league. Our WCLA league website was designed and will be utilized to provide a communication highway for teams competing across the continental United States. We hope the website provides you with the information you are seeking because it's the mission of the WCLA to promote the growth of women's lacrosse nationwide. Specifically, the WCLA strives to provide an infrastructure in which collegiate clubs will compete and eventually crown a national champion. Leadership opportunities exist on the local, regional and national levels as WCLA is a representation of teams at all levels. WCLA members are then encouraged to give back to the lacrosse community by joining the umpiring, coaching and post-collegiate club communities. The WCLA is a division of US Lacrosse. As you know, it is mandatory this year to register with the national WCLA website and to enter your games, roster, home field and any other vital information that might assist those trying to find you. The entire process is painless and takes less than an hour. We hope you find the site useful.
Each team will need at least one website admin to edit schedules, rosters, stats, etc. To register yourself or other(s) as the team admin, please click here.
WED FEB 26 2020 | PAUL OHANIAN
Photo courtesy of Shannon Jayne. Virginia Club rose six spots in the WCLA D-I poll after a 4-0 start, which includes a 12-10 win over No. 16 Utah State.
Defending D-I national champion Pittsburgh, ranked No. 1 in the WCLA Preseason Top 20, has solidified that position with a strong start to the 2020 season. After finishing 4-0 against four ranked opponents at the Golden State Invitational in Los Angeles and adding three more wins last weekend, the 7-0 Panthers retain the top position in the first WCLA D-I Top 20 ranking of the year.
Pitt had just one tightly contested game in California, a 14-13 win over No. 2 UCLA. In the other games, Pitt cruised to decisive wins over No. 10 San Diego State, No. 9 Cal Poly and No. 8 Santa Clara.
UCLA offset its loss to Pitt with two impressive victories, defeating No. 3 Michigan, 10-9, and No. 4 Georgia, 13-11. Ranked fifth in the preseason, the Bruins jumped three spots in this new poll.
No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Georgia both won three of four games at the Golden State Invitational. In total, the three non-California teams posted a combined 10-2 record at the event, while the four California squads finished a combined 2-10 (with tournament host UCLA accounting for both wins).
Georgia has also been impressive through its early schedule, with a 5-1 record that has jumped the Bulldogs up six spots from their preseason ranking. Georgia won three of four games in Los Angeles, losing only to UCLA, 13-11.
Five D-I squads finished with unblemished records at the Santa Barbara Shootout, highlighted by a 3-0 showing by No. 6 BYU and a 4-0 mark by No. 7 Virginia. The Cavaliers jumped six spots from the preseason, fueling much enthusiasm for the season ahead.
“We were really excited to head out to California and face some teams we don't have the opportunity to play on a regular basis, and we are really proud of how we did,” said Virginia club president Jessi Rowell. “We have been working hard to come back better and stronger this year. We cannot wait for the rest of the season.”
Miami Ohio and Florida State, both unranked in the preseason, are now ranked 14th and 15th on the strength strong early showings. Miami finished 3-0 in Santa Barbara while the Seminoles have started 8-0 this season. No. 5 Colorado is also among the undefeated teams and has moved up 10 spots from its preseason position.
In Division II, preseason No. 1 Navy Club and No. 2 Loyola Club hold the same positions in the first weekly poll. Navy is off to a 2-0 start with wins over No. 18 Salisbury and unranked George Washington, while Loyola stands 2-0 with victories over Drexel Club and Maryland Club.
Denver Club, Oakland and St. Thomas round out the top five.
With a 5-1 start to the season that included four wins in Santa Barbara, UC San Diego is the most notable newcomer in the first ranking of the season. Unranked in the preseason, the Tritons debut at No. 9 this week. They are one of eight teams in this week’s poll that were not ranked in the preseason.
No. 7 Gonzaga enjoyed the biggest jump, climbing 12 spots from its position in the preseason poll. The Zags started the year with five straight wins, and their only losses have come in tight games against No. 3 Denver and No. 6 Air Force.
Nearly 230 non-varsity collegiate teams comprise the WCLA and compete under the US Lacrosse umbrella. The 2020 season will conclude with the D-I and D-II national championships in Round Rock, Texas, May 6-9.
The US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) national championship event is returning to Texas twice in the next three years and will be played at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, located about 15 miles north of Austin. Both the 2020 and 2022 season-ending championships will be contested in Round Rock, which also hosted the event in 2018.
“We are very happy to return to the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex for the national championship tournament,” said Liz Holmes, chair of the US Lacrosse WCLA Committee. “We had wonderful feedback from our participants and attendees in Round Rock two years ago, so we’re confident that our membership will be excited to again return to this outstanding location in 2020 and 2022.”
Dates for the 2020 WCLA Division I and II National Championships are May 6-9. All tournament games will be played at Round Rock’s 60-acre venue that features five natural grass fields, five turf fields, abundant on-site parking, Musco sports lighting, a restroom and concessions building, meeting rooms, and additional spectator amenities. The venue opened for play in 2017.
Nearly 230 non-varsity collegiate teams comprise the WCLA and compete under the US Lacrosse umbrella. The annual Division I and Division II National Championships showcase the WCLA’s premier teams, featuring a Division I field of 16 teams and a Division II tournament of 12 qualifying teams.
“The WCLA is an integral part of our US Lacrosse family, and the skill and commitment of these collegiate club teams is truly impressive,” said Caitlin Kelley, women’s lacrosse director at US Lacrosse. “Concluding the season with the WCLA National Championship at a first-class venue like the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex allows US Lacrosse to showcase and celebrate the caliber of collegiate club lacrosse players.”
Started in 2001, the WCLA Championship has had 10 previous host sites and is making its third overall appearance in Texas in 2020. Virginia Beach served as host site for last season’s championship and will once again serve as event host in May 2021.
"Hosting the extraordinary athletes of the US Lacrosse WCLA Championships in 2020 and 2022 is a fantastic opportunity for Round Rock. We look forward to providing state-of-the-art facilities for the competition and showing off our unique brand of Texas hospitality to the athletes and the fans,” said Nancy Yawn, director of the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In 2019, the Pittsburgh Panthers won the Division I title, their second national championship, while the Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds claimed their second consecutive Division II title.
“The love of our sport that these athletes display on the lacrosse field is uplifting and wonderful to witness,” Holmes said. “Our national championship is the culmination of the season's hard work and success by our top teams and we look forward to hosting the event once again at this wonderful venue in Round Rock.”
Billing itself as the Sports Capital of Texas, Round Rock has become a premier destination for youth, amateur and recreational sports, with athletic facilities that host a wide variety of tournaments and events year-round. Unique shopping opportunities and an abundance of tournament-ready fields are helping Round Rock become a popular event location. For more information, visit GoRoundRock.com.
If you have any questions please email WCLA@uslacrosse.org.