DETROIT - The 2020 WCLL women's intercollegiate lacrosse season has been cancelled. There will be no more lacrosse competition until next year as the WCLL League Championships and WLCA National Championships have been cancelled, said league officials.
In order to reach a financial agreement and to cover league expenses after this spring was cancelled, the WCLL governing board has made the following decisions:
1. Each WCLL team will receive $180 (out of $450) from their league membership dues paid last November. The dues will be rolled over until next season.
2. Each WCLL team will receive a $450 credit from US Lacrosse towards next year's national membership as the funds will be rolled over in a specific team account.
3. Each team needs to alert the WCLL board before the end of May of whom the new officers are if teams elected new governing boards. The WCLL board would like to update the website with current information for moving forward next year. The new officers' list can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WCLL governing board concluded that 60 percent of the 2020 season had passed, when USL officials cancelled the season. The $180 membership rollover represents 40 percent of the spring WCLL dues. The reason for the pro-rated formula is the governing board, on behalf of the league's teams, were required to pay the league assigner, rent championship facilities that will not be used this year.
Greg Normand, WCLL president said, "we looked long and hard at this reimbursement and had to come to some specific formulas to cover paying back teams that were owed for membership dues and then covering our league's expenses. I think when we get back next year, you'll find that the WCLL membership has been reduced for 2021 because we're not in the business of making money, just the opposite, we're a charity run league operated by volunteers.....so we hope you guys understand our decisions."
The WCLL will stage their 2021 annual meeting in Toledo on Sunday, November 8, 2020 to begin next season.
Welcome to the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL), an intercollegiate club lacrosse organization, divided into two divisions, that represents 45 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 26th 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 2020. We believe in our mission and fully support US Lacrosse and all that they represent.
University of Pittsburgh were crowned the 2019 WCLA Division I national champions in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
By Mike Caudill
VIRGINIA BEACH - Pittsburgh was not to be denied in its quest for the 2019 WCLA D-I National Championship, although both Delaware and Mother Nature put up a valiant effort.
At the end of the day, the Panthers overcame both opponents, just like the 18 prior ones they faced this season, and posted a 15-11 victory over the Blue Hens to secure the program’s second national championship.
Pittsburgh finished 19-0, becoming the second straight member of the WWLL to cap an undefeated season with the WCLA title. Michigan accomplished the same feat last year. "Something just felt good and right and special about this team right from the beginning,” said senior goalie Katie Honebrink, who finished with nine saves and was named the tournament’s most outstanding goalie.
A tightly contested first half featured five ties and was knotted 6-6 at halftime. Attacker Caitlin Smith scored four times to lead Delaware, while Pitt’s Allison Macrae tallied three goals for the Panthers. Pitt started the second half on a 3-1 run, which included Macrae’s fourth tally of the game. Attacker Bethany Dubick had just scored her second goal for Pitt at 17:26 when play was suspended due to severe weather.
Pitt’s two-goal lead at the time of suspension was the largest lead either team had enjoyed to that point. Play finally resumed following a delay of just over two hours, during which time the players entertained themselves in the locker room.
"We just tried to keep each other hyped during that time,” said Macrae, “by playing music and doing some dancing.”
“It was a dance party in there,” said Pitt coach Kevin Tidgewell. Despite the hyping, it was Delaware that came storming back following the break, scoring twice in a span of 29 seconds to knot the score at 9-9 with 14:03 left. It was the seventh tie of the game, but it would also be the last.
Four straight goals by Pitt followed, capped by back-to-back markers by senior co-captain Hannah Kendrick, who finished with two goals and two assists. Delaware responded once again with two goals to pull to within two at 13-11, but the Hens would get no closer.
Macrae closed the scoring with her fifth and sixth goals of the game in the final three minutes, and the Panther dancing soon resumed.
“This is such a huge team win because we always play as one,” said Macrae, named the tournament’s most outstanding attacker. “We all push each other, but there’s never any negativity. We just wanted to finish it today.”
Caitlin Smith led Delaware with five goals, with midfielder Jullian Leonard adding three. Delaware finished with a 12-3 final record, with two of its losses coming against Pitt. The fact that the Blue Hens had defeated Pitt in the 2017 final still lingered with some of the Panthers’ upperclassmen. “That was one of the worst days of my life, but today is one of the best days of my life,” said Kendrick. “We have ten seniors, and this is an amazing way to finish.”
WCLL DIVISION I CHAMPS - University of Pittsburgh women's lacrosse is the 2019 WCLL Division I champs defeating the University of Michigan.
WCLL DIVISION II CHAMPS - Grand Valley State University women's lacrosse is the 2019 WCLL Division II champs defeating Oakland University.