The Best Teams You’ve Never Seen?


“Club” lacrosse has blown up over the last few years. You would be hard pressed to find someone who is not at least aware of the MCLA’s existance. But what if I told you that there was another large club league. What if I told you that they had over 100 teams and 12 conferences from which they crown a national champion every year.  Are you aware of the National College Lacrosse League?

If you’re in the dark about the NCLL, don’t feel bad, they haven’t done much to make you aware of it.  Their website doesn’t give much insight in to the history or mission of the league.  However, the biggest differece between the NCLL and its more well known counterpart is that the NCLL will actually admit teams from colleges that have a sanctioned NCAA program, which allows for somewhat humorous rankings (#41 Duke, #94 Princeton).

A couple of videos below give us an example of what the league has to offer.  But before you watch, I have a question I want the readers to consider: Why hasn’t the NCLL marketed itself like the MCLA?  Perhaps there are some readers involved with the organization that can offer some insight.


  1. I would absolutely love to see a MCLA vs. NCLL game. Given that some MCLA teams already compete against top NCAA D2&3 teams and even D1 teams, I’d have to assume NCLL would be the underdog. Can anyone out there chime in and represent the NCLL? I would love to learn more about the league.

  2. There are MCLA vs NCLL matchups all the time. These are from this season alone:

    App State 11
    UNC(NCLL) 12

    Frostburg(NCLL) 6
    West Virginia 9

    Coast Guard 5
    Navy(NCLL) 18

    Navy plays West Virginia tonight

    Coast Guard 7
    UMBC(NCLL) 4

    Purdue 9
    Ohio State(NCLL) 16

    Bowling Green(NCLL) 13
    Eastern Michigan 16

    Cincinnati went 4-0 vs the MCLA this season

    Toledo went 1-1
    Duke lost to Elon 5-17 and plays NC State later this season

    The NCLL overall seems to be competitive with the MCLA. But like any game, it just depends on how serious the teams take themselves. Those that are out to goof off and have fun arent gonna be as good as those that take their team seriously. I’d love to see the top teams in the NCLL take on the BYUs, Michigans, Westminsters, and St John’s/St Thomas’ of the MCLA.

  3. Yeah I play for Navy Club Lacrosse we just beat WVU 15-5. We have won every game we have played against an MCLA team although the talent level has not been very good. I played out west in the MCLA before I came to Navy and I will argue that the talent level is comparable for both of the top teams in each division. MCLA teams like BYU and Michigan have a lot of talent but by comparison schools such as Ohio State, Navy, and Maryland have a ton of players who failed to walk on to the varsity squad or were cut for various reasons. An intriguing debate for sure.