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.
Defending Division I national champion Pittsburgh and Division II national runner-up Navy Club are tabbed as the No. 1 teams in the Nike/US Lacrosse 2020 WCLA Preseason Top 20 rankings. The rankings are published in the January edition of US Lacrosse Magazine.
Pittsburgh, which features US Lacrosse Magazine’s WCLA D-I Preseason Player of the Year Julia Lynch, enjoyed a dominant 19-0 campaign in 2019 that culminated in a 15-11 win over Delaware for the WCLA championship.
On the strength of a defense that allowed fewer than five goals per game last season, Pittsburgh again looks stingy. Lynch, a defender, is joined by fellow seniors Emily Nutter and Liz Maisch to form a dominant defensive trio.
Michigan Club is second in the Division I ranking, followed by Brigham Young, Delaware Club and UCLA, respectively.
In Division II, Navy Club returned to the WCLA ranks in 2019 after a 10-year hiatus and made its impact felt immediately, advancing to the title game while finishing the year with a final 9-4 record. The Mids lost to Loyola Maryland Club, 13-6, in the WCLA Division II final.
Two-time defending D-II champion Loyola begins the year at No. 2 in the preseason. The Greyhounds finished 14-1 overall with a season-ending 10-game winning streak in 2019. Senior attacker Kelly O’Krepkie, the US Lacrosse Magazine WCLA D-II Preseason Player of the Year, is among the top returnees for Loyola.
Denver Club, St. Thomas, and New Hampshire round out the top five in Division II.
Nearly 230 non-varsity collegiate teams comprise the WCLA and compete under the US Lacrosse umbrella. The 2020 season will conclude with the annual Division I and Division II National Championship Tournaments, May 6-9, in Round Rock, Texas.
Preseason rankings were compiled by the WCLA rankings committee and will be updated weekly during the 2020 season. The full list of teams appears below.
January 15, 2020
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January 15, 2020
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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.
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