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   TOYKO - All WCLL teams will be responsible to pay league and national WCLA dues on for before Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the WCLL's annual organizational meeting at Oakland University. The cost, which is invoiced on the WCLA and WCLL's front pages, is $695, which broken down is $295 for WCLL dues and $400 for WCLA dues. Since a number of WCLL teams have differing payment procedures, we wanted to mention a simple system for those programs that have a hard time securing checks or payments.

   If your university wants to pay by credit card or cut checks that are mailed directly to the WCLL before the annual meeting, we suggest you contact Chris Carter, the WCLL treasurer, at to make arrangements and mail any financial transactions to Chris at 11202 Sylvania Avenue, Berkey, Ohio, 43504.

   If your university program has no issues with bill payment, those stipends will be collected at the WCLL annual meeting.

   "If you have any kind of issue with paying the league dues, please contact me directly and we can work out any situations," said Chris Carter, the WCLL treasurer.


   OMAHA - The WCLL organizing committee is hoping to expedite the scheduling process for the upcoming annual meeting at Oakland University Sunday, November 13. The committee is hoping that any school staging a spring play date with more than four teams would consider listing the information on the WCLL site as soon as possible. The point of listing the spring play dates is to avoid the difficult position of not having enough teams for an event or not enough officials to fill the void for a specific date. The request for play dates in not mandatory, but hopefully we can get a handle on who is sponsoring specific events.

   "We just think if we could get everybody to list the play dates before our annual meeting, we might save ourselves some scheduling headaches. In the past two weeks, we've run across schools planning play dates where the other school thought they could lure in a team sponsoring a play date the same day. We're just trying to open communications here and we hope you'll help us out," said Greg Normand, WCLL president.

   Any dates for play dates can be sent to Greg Normand at Please list the dates, who many teams, where the event will be play and on what kind of field (turf, grass, etc.) and who to contact.


By Phyllis Steen

   AUBURN HILLS - The Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in Auburn Hills, minutes from Oakland University, will play host to visiting WCLL teams coming to Detroit for the annual WCLL Organizational Meeting Sunday, November 13, 2016. The full-service hotel is offering rooms for WCLL members for $89.99 per night, which includes two queen beds and breakfast and can be secured by contacting the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 248-373-4550 or email

   All reservations must be made by Tuesday, October 22. The block name for the discounted rooms, when you make reservations, are WCLL League Meeting Representative or WCLL League Meeting Board Members if you are on the WCLL subcommittee. The hotel is about a mile east of Oakland University and has a full-service restaurant and bar as well as a pool and hot tub area. The Crowne Plaza Hotel will be site for the WCLL subcommittee Saturday night where new teams will be making presentations to league organizers.


By Reiker Canfield III

   ALLEN PARK - The 22nd annual Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) organizational meeting will be staged at Oakland University in November, replacing the usual site at the University of Toledo.

   The WCLL annual meeting will take place from 9 am until 1 pm, Sunday, November 13 on the campus of Oakland University, which is located in Auburn Hills, Michigan, a northern suburb of Detroit. The meeting will be held in the Oakland University Human Health Building in Room 150, said event organizers.

   The meeting is usually staged at the University of Toledo in November, but was moved this year to centralize the event, said Greg Normand, the new WCLL president.

   All teams represented in the WCLL in 2016 will be required to attend the Sunday meeting and any new collegiate team looking to join the league will be requested to provide the WCLL organizational committee with a letter of interest and a basic plan of operation. New teams will have to meet with the WCLL organizational committee Saturday night.

   "Any team interested can contact me at to set up a time to be interviewed Saturday night or to ask questions," said Normand. "We are just trying to ensure all the considerations about joining our league are covered."

   The address for Oakland University is 2200 North Squirrel Road in Auburn Hills. The Human Health Building is located at the extreme northwest corner of campus, which is located at Walton and Squirrel roads.


By Phyllis Steen

   OMAHA - The WCLA team application is due to US Lacrosse by Thursday, December 1, 2016 and the cost this year s $400 per team. The WCLA subcommittee has asked that all team applications and fees be turned into league presidents during their annual fall operational meetings in October and November.

   League presidents, as they have in previous years, will mail the applications to USL headquarters in Sparks, Maryland, said league spokesman. The national subcommittee wants each league to deal with the issue so USL is not swamped with individual WCLA team applications.

   The team applications must be postmarked by Thursday, December 1, 2016.


   The WCLL invoice will be submitted at the annual league meeting, which is being staged at Oakland University Sunday, November 14, 2016. The league subcommittee has attached an invoice that can be processed through your various university financial arms to ensure the invoice is paid at the meeting. If you have any questions, email Greg Normand at


     Welcome to the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL), an intercollegiate club lacrosse organization, divided into two divisions, that represents 59 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 22nd 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 2017. We believe in our mission and fully support US Lacrosse and all that they represent. Our basic mission is simple:


     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


By Lester Holt

   SPARKS, MARYLAND - The WCLA governance is 'cracking down a bit,' on the use or non-use of the WCLA website, said members of the WCLA governing subcommittee. The WCLA website has been in existence for two years, entering its third year, and the national subcommittee is hoping to get a larger percentage of member teams involved in the process. The national subcommittee has mandated some basic rules for using the site and requirements by member teams who compete in the WCLA.

   The national subcommittee is now requiring all WCLA teams to input six categories on the website if they want to be eligible for post-season honors or the WCLA National Championships,' said Liz Holmes, the WCLA subcommittee president.

   The required areas of information for the WCLA website are:

1. Register for the WCLA website.

2. Provide a complete game schedule.

3. Provide a list of team contacts.

4. Provide a map or list where home games are played.

5. Provide a complete roster on the website.

6. Provide statistics for each player for games played.

  The idea to provide the basic information to improve communications between teams, said WCLA subcommittee spokesman. Teams can register on the WCLA website at and there is an 18-minute tutorial to assist you through the registration process. You can manage your team page once registered and the WCLA webmaster has granted access to your specific pages. Another aspect of registering is providing an online game schedule. After entering games online, opponents for each game must accept the game for it to appear on the WCLA website. Team contacts and game locations must be listed for the obvious reasons and rosters should be completed as part of the registration process. If you fail to observe these five requirements, teams will not be invited to the WCLA national championships, which this year are expected to be played in Salt Lake City, Utah.

   The biggest area of concern for the WCLA subcommittee on reporting is statistics. If teams want players to be considered for post-season recognition, they must complete a stats sheet for every game covering field players that include ground balls, draw controls, goals, assists, yellow & red cards and forced turnovers. The categories for goalies will include goals against and saves. There art of calculating stats is a often argued point and USL will provide a basic definition for each category before the start of the season.


   By Neil Downe

   CHICAGO - The rules for playing women's lacrosse in the WCLA in 2017 continue to change as the sport evolves and develops. The new playing rules have been established, the WCLA organizing committee said this summer, to keep pace with the improvement in athletic ability and to keep young women safe.

   The WCLA has reached into the men's bag for a couple of rule changes this year and expanded on several others. Listed below is the new WCLA rules for 2017 and included in a WCLA-USL poster.

   The specific WCLA rules exceptions page to the USL rule book will not be listed in the USL rule book, as the National Federation of State High Schools has been change with that task in 2017. US Lacrosse officials suggested that coaches and players copy the new PDF to ensure there isn't confusion at intercollegiate club lacrosse games.


 Section 1: Notable playing rule changes for all 2017 scholastic play: 

1. Players below the restraining line on the draw may not cross until possession is established. 

2. Players may not use their bodies to play the ball, except with a kicking action on a non-shooting attempt. 

Section 2 : Rules specific to WCLA play: 

(Rules 1,2 are new for 2017) 

1. 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. 

2. Goalkeeper is exempt from shooting space outside of the goal circle. 

3. Horizontal Stick/Illegal Contact: Initiating crosse-to-body contact with the crosse parallel to the ground (9 and 3 o’clock) and hands apart. 

4. A player may reach into the sphere to make a safe check. Checks must be controlled, not intimidating or dangerous.

5. Games between DI teams must be played with 30-minute stop clock halves. 

6. All other games shall be 30-minute running clock halves with a stop clock 

7. On whistles in the last two minutes of each half. (Unless there is a 10-goal differential). All games may be played with 30-minute stop clock. 

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. 

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: or visit


 By Phyllis Steen

   PITTSBURGH - The assigners for WCLL women's lacrosse games have changed coming into the new year, so the league board is asking club presidents and coaches to please check and make sure you know who is assigning your team this fall and spring for home games. The new head WCLL assigner is M.J. Evagash (, who is based on Pittsburgh. The other assigners include Leslie Porteous (, who is based in Indiana and last year's head WCLL assigner, and Scott McPeake (, who is based in Michigan.

   Any questions or concerns about assigning WCLL games can be directed at the specific assigner by email for the moment, said WCLL officials, and telephone numbers will be released in late October. Any specific problems with officials should be directed to your local assigner first, and then to the head assigner, who will contact the WCLL subcommittee for consideration.

The new WCLL assignments include:

Division 1: Scott McPeake

University of Michigan, Michigan State University, Central Michigan University.

Division 1 - M.J. Evagash

University of Pittsburgh, University of Buffalo, West Virginia University, Ohio University, Duquesne University, Miami of Ohio, Ohio State University, Marquette University, Northwestern University, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Division 1 - Les Protease

University of Illinois, Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville.

The new WCLL D2 assignments include:

Division 2: Scott McPeake

Oakland University, Grand Valley University, Eastern Michigan University, Western Michigan University, Saginaw Valley University, Ferris State University, Toledo University, Bowling Green University.

Division 2 - M.J. Evagash

University of Dayton, Xavier University, Marshall University, Carnegie Mellon University, Grove City College, Slippery Rock University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Case Western University, Augustana College, Wheaton College, University of Chicago, Lake Forest College, DePaul University.   

Division 2 - Les Porteous

Butler University, Saint Louis University, Grace College, Taylor University, Ball State University, Bethel College.

M.J. Evagash

M.J. Evagash

WCLL Head Assigner

Phone: 412-865-9043

Les Porteous

Les Porteous

WCLL Indiana Assigner

Phone: 317-403-7884

Scott McPeake

Scott McPeake

WCLL Michigan Assigner

Phone: 810-869-4344