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1 Pittsburgh 1
2 UCA 2
3 Michigan Club 3
4 Georgia 4
5 Colorado Club 5
6 Brigham Young T-6
7 Virginia Club T-6
8 Cal Poly T-8
9 Cal Berkeley Club T-8
10 Santa Clara 10
11 Utah 11
12 Florida State 12
13 San Diego State Club 13
14 Boston College Club 14
15 Ohio State Club 17
16 Miami (OH) 15
17 Northeastern 16
18 North Carolina Club 18
19 Central Florida 19
20 Maryland Club 10

MARCH 11, 2020 POLL



The latest batch of WCLA updates are here, and it includes little movement in Division I. The only change is the Ohio State Club jumped from No. 17 to No. 15, bumping the teams below it down one place each.

In Division II, Loyola Club overtook Navy Club for the top spot after Navy lost to Maryland Club 16-9.





Loyola Club is the new No. 1 in WCLA Division II.


1 Loyola Club 2
2 Navy Club 1
3 Denver Club 3
4 St. Thomas 4
5 Oakland 6
6 US San Diego 7
7 Providence 10
8 Gonzaga T-8
9 Air Force 5
10 Nevada-Reno T-8
11 New Hampshire 12
12 Vermont Club 14
13 CSU San Marcos 11
14 TCU 13
15 Binghamton T-18
16 Utah Valley NR
17 Salisbury 16
18 Elon Club 15
19 UC Irvine T-18
20 Marist NR

MARCH 4, 2020 POLL




Unranked in the preseason, a 7-1 start has propelled UCSD to No. 7 in the latest D-II ranking.


In a relatively light week of action, there were no changes among the top five in the newest WCLA Division I Top 20 ranking. Pitt, which was idle, maintained its No. 1 position, with UCLA at No. 2. The Bruins are 6-1 overall, with their only loss coming in a one-goal game against Pitt.

Michigan Club, Georgia and Colorado Club, respectively, round out the top five.

No. 12 Florida State had the biggest jump this week, moving up three spots while improving to 9-0 overall. The Seminoles added two more lopsided wins during the week, recording easy victories over Ole Miss and South Florida. FSU’s average margin of victory in its nine games is 15.5 goals per game.

“We have a team of passionate and hard-working girls this season that have great chemistry on the field,” said club president Julia Dennis. “We’re looking forward to continuing our success and seeing what our team is going to achieve.”

No. 14 Boston College Club, No. 18 North Carolina Club and No. 20 Maryland Club all moved into the ranking for the first time this year. BC opened with a 19-12 win over No. 16 Northeastern, and UNC slipped past No. 19 Central Florida, 9-8.

Texas, Texas A&M and Utah State dropped out.



MARCH 4, 2020




1 Pittsburgh 7-0 140 1
2 UCLA 6-1 131 2
3 Michigan Club 3-1 120 3
4 Georgia 7-1 118 4
5 Colorado Club 5-0 114 5
T-6 Brigham Young 4-1 100 6
T-6 Virginia Club 4-0 100 7
T-8 Cal Poly 1-3 71 9
T-8 Cal Berkeley Club 6-1 71 11
10 Santa Clara 2-3 63 8
11 Utah 4-1 60 12
12 Florida State 9-0 55 15
13 San Diego State Club 3-6 51 10
14 Boston College Club 1-0 42 NR
15 Miami (OH) 5-1 39 14
16 Northeastern 2-1 36 13
17 Ohio State Club 5-0 29 19
18 North Carolina Club 1-0 27 NR
19 Central Florida 8-2 24 17
20 Maryland Club 4-1 21 NR


In Division II, No. 1 Navy Club and No. 2 Loyola Club continue to lead the pack. Both teams were idle during the past week. 

There was limited movement in the rest of the top 10, with Denver Club holding its spot at No. 3, while No. 4 St. Thomas and No. 5 Air Force each moved up one spot.

UC San Diego continues to climb after improving to 7-1 overall with wins over UC Irvine and Concordia. Unranked in the preseason, UCSD is now ranked seventh, a jump of two spots from its debut position in last week’s poll.

No. 14 Vermont is the highest-ranked newcomer this week. The Catamounts opened their season with wins over No. 12 New Hampshire and Bates.

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.



MARCH 4, 2020




1 Navy Club 2-0 143 1
2 Loyola Club 2-0 106 2
3 Denver Club 3-1 105 3
4 St. Thomas 4-0 101 5
5 Air Force 3-1 100 6
6 Oakland 3-0 99 4
7 UC San Diego 7-1 93 9
T-8 Gonzaga 7-2 90 7
T-8 Nevada-Reno 6-0 90 8
10 Providence 4-0 84 11
11 CSU San Marcos 5-0 78 10
12 New Hampshire 1-2 59 12
13 TCU 4-2 58 13
14 Vermont Club 2-0 47 NR
15 Elon Club 1-0 41 14
16 Salisbury Club 2-1 33 18
17 Portland State 5-1 32 15
T-18 UC Irvine 3-3 29 19
T-18 Binghamton Club 3-0 29 NR
20 Biola 3-1 26 16





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.



FEB. 26, 2020




1 Pittsburgh 7-0 140 1
2 UCLA 5-1 132 5
3 Michigan Club 3-1 126 2
4 Georgia 5-1 116 10
5 Colorado Club 5-0 106 15
6 Brigham Young 4-1 87 3
7 Virginia Club 4-0 86 13
8 Santa Clara 1-3 85 11
9 Cal Poly 0-3 78 7
10 San Diego State Club 2-4 68 6
11 Cal Berkeley Club 6-0 56 18
12 Utah 4-1 51 17
13 Northeastern 1-0 48 12
14 Miami (OH) 5-1 47 NR
15 Florida State 8-0 46 NR
16 Utah State 3-1 40 NR
17 Central Florida 5-1 33 19
18 Texas 3-3 19 14
19 Ohio State 5-0 18 NR
20 Texas A&M 5-3 14 NR


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.



FEB. 26, 2020




1 Navy Club 2-0 118 1
2 Loyola Club 2-0 109 2
3 Denver Club 3-1 107 3
4 Oakland 3-0 93 9
5 St. Thomas 3-0 86 4
6 Air Force 2-1 84 7
7 Gonzaga 6-2 76 19
8 Nevada-Reno 5-0 74 8
9 UC San Diego 5-1 69 NR
10 CSU San Marcos 4-0 65 NR
11 Providence 3-0 61 NR
12 New Hampshire 0-1 49 5
13 TCU 2-2 45 NR
14 Elon Club 1-0 34 NR
15 Portland State 4-1 32 15
16 Biola 3-1 25 NR
17 Central Michigan 1-0 24 NR
18 Salisbury Club 1-1 23 10
19 UC Irvine 3-2 23 13
20 Texas Tech 2-1 16 NR



Paul Ohanian    Feb 13, 2020    Coaches   Events   Players

Courtesy of Santa Barbara Shootout

The unofficial start for the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) season has arrived, and as usual, the first big weekend of the year takes place in Southern California. Two major events, located about 90 miles apart, kick off on Friday and include participating teams from across the country.

In picturesque Santa Barbara, nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains, the annual Shootout is the largest WCLA event of the season, with 25 Division I and 20 Division II teams playing across three days. Eight fields are utilized simultaneously at the Santa Barbara Polo Club.

The Santa Barbara field includes 12 teams ranked among the preseason Top 20, including No. 3 BYU, No. 13 Virginia and No. 14 Texas in Division I, and No. 3 Denver, No. 7 Air Force, and No. 8 Nevada in Division II.

“We love going to the Santa Barbara Shootout to be able to see all the other teams from around the country,” said Kyra Traino, senior defender at Air Force. “We get a feel for our team dynamic with these games before we play teams in our league.” 

Down the coast in Los Angeles, the seven-team Golden State Invitational is a significantly smaller event but includes many of the WCLA’s traditional heavyweights. The third-year event features five teams ranked among the Division I preseason top seven, highlighted by No. 1 Pittsburgh, No. 2 Michigan, and No. 5 UCLA, the tournament host.

“The GSI is always one of the weekends we are most excited for during our season,” said UCLA’s returning All-America midfielder Sophie Kamanski. “It is such a fun weekend of competitive lacrosse and we always look forward to playing highly ranked and well-established teams. It sets a competitive tone for the rest of our season.” 

Michigan made the switch from the Santa Barbara Shootout to UCLA’s GSI in 2018. The Wolverines will play four games in Westwood, all against California-based teams.

“We want to play the best teams, and preferably, the West Coast teams,” said Michigan coach David McKinnon. “This is a great way to get a very quick idea how some of the best teams match up. We use it as a benchmark for a number of things when we get back to practice the following week.” 

In total, split between the two locations, 12 of the 16 Division I teams and four of the 12 Division II teams that qualified for last year’s WCLA National Tournament descend upon Southern California this weekend. The competition is great, and of course, the weather helps make the sale. 

“We love to take any opportunity we can to ditch the snow here in Colorado for some California sun,” said Air Force’s Traino.

The WCLA features 79 Division I teams and 137 Division II teams that 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.



Paul Ohanian   Jan 31, 2020     Events  Players


Returning to Round Rock, Texas this spring, the 2020 WCLA Championship Tournament will be the largest in the 20-year history of the event.  

With recent approval from both the WCLA Committee and the US Lacrosse Board of Directors, the championship field will feature 32 total teams this year, divided equally among Division I and Division II. 

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. 

Started in 2001, the WCLA Championship Tournament has traditionally featured a 16-team Division I line-up, which does not change this year. However, the 2020 event features the addition of four teams for the expanded Division II championship, marking the first time the division will include 16 teams. The tournament will be played at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, May 6-9.

“We are pleased to offer more teams the opportunity to participate in this marquee championship event,” said Caitlin Kelley, women’s game director at US Lacrosse. “This expansion reflects the continued growth of the game at the collegiate club level, as well as the ever-increasing level of competitiveness within the WCLA ranks. We are looking forward to hosting a strong field of teams with great competition for both the D-I and D-II championships.”

The Division I and II championship fields both feature a mix of conference champion automatic qualifiers as well as at-large qualifiers. Pittsburgh is the defending Division I national champion, while Loyola Maryland is the two-time defending Division II champion.






Every season is a new season.

New year, new team.

There’s significant truth in those clichés, but there’s also merit in assessing a team’s potential based on the returning personnel from the previous season.

That’s why having a player like Julia Lynch, the US Lacrosse Magazine WCLA Division I Preseason Player of the Year for, gives defending WCLA champion and top-ranked Pittsburgh hope for another strong campaign in 2020.

A returning first team All-American defender, Lynch anchored the Panthers during a dominant 19-0 campaign. Pittsburgh claimed its second WCLA title with a 15-11 win over Delaware.

“She is a driving force on our defense and leads by example,” Pitt coach Kevin Tidgewell said. “It’s all dictated by her work ethic.”

That drive extends beyond lacrosse. A senior from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, Lynch also serves as the president for the Pittsburgh women’s soccer club. She often joins her lacrosse teammates for fall practice having just concluded a soccer practice. It’s not uncommon for Lynch to have soccer club practice from 6 -8 p.m., followed by lacrosse practice from 8-10 p.m.

“I love the competition,” said Lynch, a converted midfielder who chose Pitt over varsity options at other schools that recruited her. “I’m still not afraid to take the ball to the offense end when the opportunity is there.”

Despite the demands of her soccer schedule, Lynch traveled to every one of Pitt’s nine fall ball games and also attended every practice. Between the two sports, she has at least one team practice every night of the week.

“Because I love it, it’s not a chore for me,” Lynch said. “I’ve learned how to manage my time pretty well.”

As soccer club president, Lynch’s responsibilities extended beyond just showing up for practice. She scheduled the referees for all of Pitt’s home games, managed the team budget and coordinated practice planning and logistics with the team’s volunteer coach.

One of the benefits of her other duty, scheduling games, gave her some control over the two-sport overlap this past fall. She has been a member of both club teams since her freshman year.

“I was able to structure the soccer schedule around our fall ball schedule this past year,” she said.  “In past years, I had to drive by myself to a fall ball lacrosse tournament because I had to leave early to get to a soccer game on the same day.”

“Her commitment and effort serve as great examples for all of our players,” Tidgewell said.

Lynch is quick to credit the unity of her defensive teammates as a key to Pitt’s lacrosse success. The senior trio of Lynch, Emily Nutter and Liz Maisch spearhead a group that ranks among the nation’s best. The Panthers allowed fewer than five goals per game in 2019.

“We feel like our unit is something special, because we have such trust in each other,” Lynch said. “On defense, it’s all about the unit working together. Slide together. Move together. The motto is, ‘Refuse to get beat.’ We know that defense wins championships.”

Lynch’s dynamic impact is not lost on her teammates.

“She’s such a great leader for our team because she always gives it her all,” lacrosse club president Allison Macrae said. “As a teammate, you know that she’s always got your back. She’s just an incredible player.”

Despite the time demands of being a member of two club teams since her freshman year, Lynch is on track to graduate in four years with a degree in rehabilitation science. She will begin graduate studies in physical therapy at Duke next year.

Before then, she hopes to lead the Panthers on another championship run this spring.

“Our goal is the same from season to season,” Lynch said. “We want to get back to the nationals and win the championship. The bar is set pretty high.”

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Loyola University Maryland is the most successful program in the WCLA’s 10-year era of Division II championships. The Greyhounds have recorded 20 all-time wins in WCLA tournament play, more than any other team, and have made four appearances in the championship game.

Loyola was the national runner-up in the inaugural Division II championship tournament in 2010, and again in 2017. Over the past two years, the Hounds have been dominant in capturing back-to-back titles, and they are again among the favorites in 2020.

It’s probably no coincidence that attacker Kelly O’Krepkie’s career overlaps with Loyola’s recent supremacy, making the senior All-American a solid choice as the US Lacrosse WCLA Division II Preseason Player of the Year.

“She’s like a coach on the field,” said Loyola team captain Jenna Siegelbaum, who joined O’Krepkie on the 2019 All-American team. “She’s always thinking about the smartest play that we can make.”

O’Krepkie serves as the team’s quarterback much of the time, directing the offense and initiating the play. Her decision-making has helped fuel an explosive offense that has put up record-setting numbers at the WCLA championship tournament in each of the past two years.

In 2018, the Greyhounds scored 68 goals in four tournament games, the second-highest total ever, and capped their championship run with a lopsided 14-3 win in the final over defending champion Denver. O’Krepkie masterfully directed the offense that day, finishing with four goals and four assists and being selected as the tournament’s most outstanding attacker. Loyola’s 11-goal margin of victory was the largest ever in the D-II championship game.

“She’s always looking to spread the ball around,” Siegelbaum said. “She’s got a great mindset.”

Last year, Loyola avenged its only loss of the year, against Navy, by rebounding with wins over the Mids in both the MAWLL league final and again in the national championship game. A season-ending 10-game winning streak carried the Greyhounds to their second straight WCLA title.

Not surprisingly, O’Krepkie was one of the catalysts again in last year’s title run. First, she posted another eight-point game with four goals and four assists in the semifinal win over Utah State. She followed the next day with one goal and three more assists in the 13-6 win over Navy Club in the final.

“Goals are nice, but I love getting assists because it helps build the confidence of the other players,” O’Krepkie said.

Surprisingly, the Port Washington, N.Y. native didn’t abound in confidence when she first arrived at Loyola in the fall of 2016. She was one of 30 girls who tried out for just five available slots on the Greyhounds competitive club team and was nervous about her chances of making the cut.

“I was so excited to make the team as a freshman,” she said.

Being part of the squad quickly turned her initial apprehensiveness into a strong sense of comfort and belonging.

“I felt at home right away because there’s such a family culture on our team,” O’Krepkie said. “We’re all very close, and we love to hang out together.”

Now, as a senior, O’Krepkie and the other team leaders like Siegelbaum accept the challenge of cultivating that closeness with the newcomers to the program. Loyola functions as one of the few student-coached teams in the country, with the players taking on all responsibilities for the club without assistance from a coach.

“We try to pass it along by showing the underclassmen all the ropes,” O’Krepkie said.

That nurturing process may be critical to positioning Loyola for another championship run this spring. Last fall, seven of the eight members from a strong junior class were studying abroad, meaning that the team bonding usually done during fall practices was incomplete. That absence, however, hasn’t altered the team’s mindset heading into the 2020 season.

“Our expectation is to win again,” said O’Krepkie, who looks forward to returning to the championship venue in Round Rock, Texas.

It’s the same facility where she registered one of her other career highlights, an 11-point effort against St. Benedict in 2018 that ranks as the second highest individual scoring game in tournament history. With 28 wins over the past two seasons, capped by the back-to-back national titles, it’s likely that the Greyhounds will have a chance to meet their lofty expectations. And it’ll be hard to bet against Loyola should they return to the national tournament.

After all, that’s when O’Krepkie shines brightest.

Copyright © US Lacrosse Magazine 2019



Paul Ohanian      Nov 05, 2019     EventsPlayersPress Release

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

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