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WCLL READIES FOR 23rd LACROSSE SEASON IN 2018

     Welcome to the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL), an intercollegiate club lacrosse organization, divided into two divisions, that represents 44 universities and colleges that stretch a geographic region from as far east as New York and west to Missouri and from the Canadian border to Kentucky. The WCLL, the largest club league in the continental United States, is beginning our 24nd year of competition and we look forward to serving the many student-athletes in our conference. In the WCLL's long tenure, we have experienced the growth of womens' club lacrosse, whether watching a university club program transform into an NCAA scholarship opportunity or just witnessing a smaller club team enjoy the fruits of friendship, while competing in a shared experience. The WCLL's historical landscape is scattered with a number of successes and we're hopeful the trend will continue in 2018. We believe in our mission and fully support US Lacrosse and all that they represent. Our basic mission is simple:

WCLL  MISSION STATEMENT

     The mission of the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (WCLL) is to develop the athletic opportunities of its participants, nourish the educational challenges of scholastic life and enhance the collegiate experience. We should strive to provide our student-athletes with a positive and creative outlet for their athletic hopes and serve our membership because we believe that fellowship and sportsmanship have value. If you are interested in learning more about our WCLL or the Womens' College Lacrosse Association (WCLA), our national organization, please contact WCLL League President League President Greg Normand at 1.248.425-2849 or gnormand7@att.net.

DEADLINES - WCLL COMPLIANCE DEADLINES PUT IN PLACE

TEAMS WITH SUBMITTED ROSTER VERIFICATION FORMS:

As of 2/12/2018 - Michigan State, Illinois State, Saginaw Valley State, Eastern Michigan, Oakland University (USL Copy), Cincinnati, University of Michigan, University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Western Michigan (USL-Copy), Rose-Hulman, Ohio University, University of Kentucky, Grand Valley State University, Purdue, Northwestern University, Dayton, Lake Forest College, DePaul University, Duquesne University, Notre Dame University, Wheaton College (USL Copy) and University of Pittsburgh.
 

TEAMS WITHOUT SUBMITTED ROSTER VERIFICATION FORMS:

Indiana, Miami Ohio, Ohio State, West Virginia, Buffalo, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Marquette, Central Michigan, Xavier, Louisville, Butler, IUPUI, Grove City, Case Western, Carnegie Mellon, Augustana, Taylor University, Bowling Green, Ball State and Toledo.

     If you have not sent your roster verficiation to Greg Normand by Monday, February 12, please send it to Liz Piper, US Lacrosse, 2 Loveton Circle, Sparks Glencoe, Maryland, 21152. If you do not have your roster verification into USL by February 15, your team will be ineligible for WCLA and WCLL post season tournaments. You can send a copy of your WCLL team roster to Liz Piper without the completed university registar's stamp before February 15, 2018 and follow up with the completed paperwork after to comply with WCLA rules.

     DETROIT - Attention all WCLL teams that plan to participate this spring. The WCLL roster verifications are due to the WCLL by Thursday, February 1, 2017. The roster verifications are due to the WCLA by Thursday, February 15, 2018 or 10 days before the first officials WCLA contest. All WCLL rosters must be mailed to Greg Normand, 2700 Shimmons Suite 193, Auburn Hills, Michigan 48326.  WCLA Hardship Requests: Must be received by the WCLA Eligibility Chair by February 15, 2018.

    WCLL SCHEDULES - All WCLL schedules are past due. Schedules must be submitted to LaxPower by February 15 or by your first game, whichever is earlier. Scores are required to be submitted within 24 hours. Please send 2018 game schedules to LaxPower before January 15, 2018.

LAXPOWER NOW ACCEPTING 2018 SPRING SCHEDULES

MINNEAPOLIS - The new owners of Laxpower have finally open their doors for posting 2018 WCLA and WCLL schedules for the upcoming spring, it was announced Saturday morning. If you have not sent your 2018 spring schedule, please send it to Bill at bill@laxpower.com and don't forget to post your scores in a timely manner after playing.

PITT EARNS NO. 1 PRE-SEASON RANKING FROM INSIDE LACROSSE

   Last year’s national championship runner-up Pittsburgh is ranked No. 1 in the Nike/US Lacrosse WCLA Division I Preseason Top 20, while two-time defending champion Denver holds the top spot in the Nike/US Lacrosse WCLA Division II Preseason Top 20. 

   Pittsburgh finished with a 17-2 record last year and held the No. 1 one ranking in Division I for much of the regular season. As the top seed in the 2017 WCLA National Championship, the Panthers advanced to the title game before falling 13-11 to Delaware, a loss that snapped Pittsburgh’s 11-game winning streak. Returning All-Americans Courtney Bruch and Mara Wrzeniewski will be among the leaders for the Panthers in 2018.  Colorado State, Georgia, UCLA, and Santa Clara round out the top five in the Division I preseason rankings. 

DENVER TOPS D2 WCLA PRE-SEASON LIST

Coming off its second straight Division II championship in 2017, Denver begins the new season atop the Division II rankings. The Pioneers defeated Loyola 9-6 in last year’s final and closed the year with a 13-game winning streak. Three returning All-Americans – Kaitlyn Ball, Sophie Smith, and Sophie Vernon – will help lead the way for Denver, which finished 14-2 overall last year. Loyola, Concordia (Calif.), SMU and St. Thomas round out the top five in the Division II preseason rankings. The complete lists for both divisions can be found below.

WCLL PLAYERS TO WATCH THIS SPRING ACCORDING TO THE EXPERTS

Courtney Bruch, A, Sr. 
Pittsburgh

A second team All-American in 2017, Bruch was the second leading scorer for Pitt’s high-scoring offense last year. The offense will likely run through her again in 2018 as Pitt aims for another deep postseason run.

Sarah Fried, D, Jr.
Michigan Club

A returning All-American who will anchor the Wolverine defense in 2018, Fried was part of a unit last year that limited eight opponents to single-digit goals as Michigan advanced to the national quarterfinals.

NIKE/US LACROSSE WCLA DIVISION I
PRESEASON TOP 20

1. Pittsburgh
2. Colorado State
3. Georgia
4. UCLA
5. Santa Clara 
6. Delaware Club
7. Michigan Club
8. Virginia Club 
9. Boston College Club
10. San Diego State Club
11. North Carolina Club 
12. Brigham Young
13. Cal Poly 
14. Colorado Club 
15. Grand Canyon
16. Virginia Tech Club 
17. Central Florida 
18. James Madison Club
19. Ohio State
20. Utah

NIKE/US LACROSSE WCLA DIVISION II
PRESEASON TOP 20

1. Denver
2. Loyola Club
3. Concordia (Calif.)
4. SMU 
5. St. Thomas 
6. Grand Valley State Club
7. Vermont Club
8. Utah State 
9. Salisbury Club
10. Providence
11. Oakland 
12. Cornell Club 
13. St. Benedict 
14. Texas Christian
15. Utah State 
16. Texas State
17. Iowa State

 

NEW RULES FOR WCLL HAVE THE SAME OLD LOOK IN 2018

By Way Too Loow

   TICONDEROGA - There was some discussion in the 2017 WCLA off-season about adopting the NCAA womens' lacrosse rule book, but that's not going to happen this coming spring. After some lengthy trials, the WCLA will be sticking to USL-WCLA rules for the upcoming season with the hopes of revisiting the intercollegiate landscape next summer.

   "Many of us were disappointed with the reversal of thought because we thought the changes would improve the game, however, the entire country will be utilizing last year's rules and hopefully we can examine the NCAA rule book next year," said Gary Neft, the University of Pittsburgh's head coach.

   The WCLL organizing board did entertain the idea of operating under the NCAA rules within the league, while playing the USL-book when competing outside the league, but that plan was scrapped by the WCLA national organizing committee.

   "We were basically told if we didn't play the same rules as the rest of the WCLA that our games would not count." said Greg Normand, the WCLL board president. "We're hoping to see some movement next summer towards the NCAA book, but only time will tell.

   Normand said all of the teams will have to conduct intercollegiate lacrosse games using the current USL-WCLA rules if they are to count towards the WCLA competition compliance rules.

THE POINT OF EMPHASIS ON WCLA RULES

ALL CONTESTS BETWEEN WCLA MEMBER TEAMS SHALL BE PLAYED ACCORDING TO US LACROSSE/NFHS SCHOLASTIC RULES WITH THE FOLLOWING MODIFICATIONS OUTLINED IN SECTION 2.
Please see the uslacrosse.org/rules for complete rule set and revisions for 2018.
** NOTE: To receive a HARD copy of the Rules, please select the NFHS Rule book option when renewing your membership. You must renew as both a player and coach to receive this option. **

Section 1: Notable playing rule changes for ALL 2018 scholastic play:
1. Players sticks may touch the ground over the restraining line on the draw they still may not cross the line until possession is established if doing so would constitute more than 3 players for that team between the restraining lines.
2. The sticks on the draw must be fully parallel and within the vertical plane of the center line.
3. Stick stringing specifications have moved from a technical standard to performance standard.
Section 2 : Rules specific to WCLA play:
(Rule 1 is new for 2018)

1. Yellow cards are releasable until the 4th card and all subsequent cards which are non-releasable. Team card counts do not apply to play down. Individual card counts do apply.
2. Players on the defending team in their defensive end of the field may run through or remain in the goal circle when their team is in possession of the ball. Defenders within the goal circle may only play the ball if they are wholly grounded (eg., Both feet within the goal circle). Defenders must immediately leave the goal circle when their team loses possession of the ball.
3. Goalkeeper is exempt from shooting space outside of the goal circle.
4. Horizontal Stick/Illegal Contact: Initiating crosse-to-body contact with the crosse parallel to the ground (9 and 3 o’clock) and hands apart.
5. A player may reach into the sphere to make a safe check. Checks must be controlled, not intimidating or dangerous.
6. Games between DI teams must be played with two, 30-minute stop-clock halves.
7. All other games shall be a minimum of two 30-minute running clock halves with a stop clock on whistles in the last two minutes of each half. (Unless there is a 10-goal differential).
8. Each team shall be allowed 3 timeouts during regulation time. Each team shall be allowed 1 timeout during overtime.
9. All tie games at the end of regulation shall be resolved using USL overtime procedures for sudden victory.
10. The WCLA National Tournament will use 30-minute stop clock halves.
11. Leg and thigh padding is not required for goalkeepers.
12. NCAA uniform regulations shall be used.
For operational guidelines, player eligibility rules, or specific questions regarding the WCLA, please email: wcla@uslacrosse.org or visit uslacrosse.org/wcla

ALL WCLA PLAYERS NEED TO JOIN USL

   NEW YORK - All playing members of the WCLA are required by rule to be members of US Lacrosse. The new policy went into effect last year and USL realized that young college students need a price break, so if you are registering for the upcoming 2018 spring season take note. A new USL-WCLA membership comes with a reduction in price if you know the secret word. When registering on the USL website, WCLA subcommittee members, said new members can enter wcla_2018 during registration to save $15. The normal cost for USL membership is $35. If you have already registered for the 2018 spring season, there is no rebate for paying the higher fee, WCLA subcommittee members said.

2017 WCLL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS ARE PITT AND GRAND VALLEY


2017 WCLL DI CHAMPS UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH


2017 WCLL DII CHAMPS GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY

USE WCLL.LAX@GMAIL.COM WITH ASSIGNERS TO DEAL WITH OFFICIATING ISSUES

   DETROIT - The assigners for WCLL women's lacrosse games in 2018 will be M.J. Evagash, head assigner, Les Porteous and Deb Welch. The email for all communications with assigners is wcll.lax@gmail.com. Please use this email to send all game assignments, schedule issues and any questions related to officiating assignments. If there are any game day issues within 24 hours of game time, it is imperative that you communicate via text/phone with the assigner that has been appointed to cover your team. Please reference below which assigner is handling your lacrosse program. 

M.J. Evagash

M.J. Evagash

WCLL Head Assigner

Phone: 412-865-9043

Les Porteous

Les Porteous

WCLL Assigner

Phone: 317-403-7884

Deb Welch

Deb Welch

WCLL Assigner

Phone: 614-561-7707

M.J. Evagash  (412) 865-9043

University of Wisconsin
University of Buffalo
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
Northwestern University
University of Pittsburgh
University of Minnesota
West Virginia University 
Marquette University
Duquesne University
Central Michigan University
Grove City College
Carnegie Mellon University
Oakland University
Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Les Porteous (317) 403-7884

University of Louisville
University of Kentucky
University of Notre Dame
University of Illinois
University of Indiana
University of Purdue
DePaul University
Taylor University
Augustana College
Ball State University
Rose-Hulman Institute
Butler University
Lake Forest College
Illinois State University
Wheaton College

Deb Welch (614) 561-7707

Ohio University
University of Cincinnati
Miami of Ohio
The Ohio State University
Eastern Michigan University
Bowling Green State
University of Dayton
Saginaw State University
University of Toledo
Case Western College
Xavier University
Western Michigan University
Grand Valley State

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