TROY – Lacrosse players in the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL) should be happy with a recent announcement that moves the annual championships north to Michigan, but more importantly away from the elements of Mother Nature to some ‘perfect indoor playing conditions.’
The WCLL 2014 League championships are moving from the campus of Ohio State University, where the Buckeyes have hosted the last two events, to suburban Michigan Friday and Saturday, April 18-19. The league championships will be contested away from the inclement weather in Pontiac, Michigan at the Ultimate Soccer Arenas http://www.ultimatesoccerarenas.com/
Towbey Kassa, the Oakland University head coach and championship host, said the event is a great deal of work, but well worth the effort once those involved get a chance to see the arena.
“I don’t think anyone will have a problem with the event once they see what a first class facility the Ultimate Soccer Arena is,” Kassa said. “The facility boasts two full size lacrosse fields with plenty of seating, a full service restaurant and bar and a sporting goods store for those last minute items, but mostly, there’s plenty of parking and no rain to worry about.”
Kassa said the WCLL governing board was certainly thankful for Ohio State’s sponsorship of the championships the past two years, but urged those attending they will not be disappointed.
The WCLL Division I qualifiers will get the event underway Friday afternoon, April 18 and play into the evening. The winners of the first round Division I games will be back on Saturday to contest for the league championship and an automatic berth into the WCLA National Championships. The losers of first round Division I games will play a second round consolation affair Friday night at Ultimate Arena.
All of the WCLL Division II qualifiers will begin round one competition Saturday morning and proceed until the 7 pm finals in Pontiac. The WCLL Division II qualifiers are playing the entire event on Saturday because many of the DII schools cannot play on Easter, which is Sunday, April 20 nor could they miss school on Friday, April 18.
Kassa said the WCLL board made a decision to play a one-day event based on the suggestions of the WCLL Division II coaches.
WCLL League championship qualifiers include divisional conference winners and at-large choices based on seasonal records. The WCLL qualifiers will be announced the evening of Sunday, April 13, 2014 after the league board has made those determinations. The WCLL Championship schedule and list of qualifiers will be posted on the WCLL webpage the same night.
“With the addition of Minnesota and Notre Dame into the WCLL Division I and all the quality teams in Division II, this should be a great championship,” Kassa said.
The cost of the event is $5 per person per day, which includes a souvenir WCLL wristband and all the lacrosse you could want to see. The cost of admission will cover the rental fee, Kassa said.