West Coast Split

A big development here in the West Coast, as the largest conference in the MCLA (the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League) has decided to split itself in to two distinct organizations.

The WCLL had been the best league in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) and its predecessor, the Men’s Division Intercollegiate Associates, for years. Recently, however, the cumbersome logistics of the league – 20 teams spread over four, uneven divisions and a geographical area covering roughly the same distance between New York City and Jacksonville, Fla. – had spurred talk of movement.

By far the smartest part of this decision was keeping enough teams in each conference to grant them both AQ’s to the national tournament.

Read Jac Coyne’s entire article here.

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  • I feel like I was there, Jim! Awesome to see this growth, and evident parity, in LA.

    The officiating issue is a very interesting one, and regardless of this games’ reffing, a lack of officials, both in quality and quantity, is an issue.

    Even if the volunteers reffing the games knew lacrosse like the back of their hand, it can still be hard for ONE person to effectively officiate a HS lacrosse game. Seasoned guys like Bob Boniello could do it with ease, but there are few refs, especially in newer areas, of THAT high quality.

    How can we attract more refs to lacrosse? And how can we ensure they know the game? Could this be the biggest obstacle to real lacrosse growth?

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