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.
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WCLL SCHEDULES DUE DECEMBER 1
WCLL-WCLA PAYMENTS DUE DECEMBER 1
WCLA-WCLA ROSTERS DUE TO FEBRUARY 25
ELIGIBILITY QUESTION - CHALLENGES MARCH 1
WCLL ROSTERS - ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS DUE TO LEAGUE PRESIDENT
GREG NORMAND, 2700 SHIMMONS 193, AUBURN HILLS, MI 48326
By John Carson
TOLEDO - The cost of operations in the Women's Collegiate Lacrosse League has gone up for the upcoming 2020 season. The reason for the increase this year is inflating costs of officials and an increase in cost of running a league championship. The 2020 WCLL dues will be upped to $450, up a $100, from a year ago, but half of the increase will cover a new method of paying for schedule changes through the assigner.
The cost for participating in the WCLL and the WCLA combined this year is $900. The cost last year was $750. The WCLA dues jumped $50 per year and we are still awaiting a reason for national dues increase, while the non-refundable operating dues for the WCLL increased $50. The additional $50 will cover team charges for each schedule changes this coming year. To make schedule changes with the assigner after the November schedule meeting, the WCLL will be charging $5 per change. The change is charging for schedule changes is simple - cut down on the number of changes. If a team makes no changes during the year, they can roll over the $50 charge the next year and not get charged. The WCLL will take checks or payment by credit card at the annual meeting or you can send a check early to WCLL Invoice 2700 Shimmons, Suite 193, Auburn Hills, Michigan, 48326.
"We had to increase dues because costs are increasing, but the idea behind charging for changes is to reduce the number of changes that have occurred, pay the assigner for the extra work, make the November schedule meeting a bit more focused and mostly to stop wasting time of the assigner," said Greg Normand, WCLL President. "This process will give us an opportunity to work with teams that seem to have excessive changes. we will hopefully manage it better. We are still awaiting an answer from the national board as to why they upped their fees." Any team hosting a play date where changes occur will be charged to the offending team.
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.
Congratulations to the WCLL student-athletes who were selected for All League, Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year, and the Gary Neft Award. Those interested parties can find the complete list for each division on the awards tab.
We want to shout out to the WCLL coaches who were nominated this season for the Coach of the Year award. The nominations came with wonderful descriptions of your dedication and hard work that you bring to your teams. You can find out who was selected for the 2019 WCLL Coach or Assistant Coach of the year awards on the awards tab.