As the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) season heads into its final week of regular season play, over 50 OC MCLA players will continue playing lacrosse into the post-season as their teams vie for conference titles and the chance to play for the MCLA Championship. The MCLA is divided into Division 1 and Division 2. MCLA DI is comprised of 100 collegiate teams spanning 43 states. The teams are separated into 10 conferences, each holding its own regional post-season playoff tournament to determine Conference Champion. The winner of each conference receives an automatic qualifier (AQ) bid the MCLA National Championship Tournament in Greenville, SC.
At large bids, selected by an MCLA committee, are awarded to the top 6 remaining teams that did not get an AQ bid. MCLA D II is comprised of another 108 teams, from smaller colleges and universities, and follows a similar playoff and championship format.
The following D-I MCLA teams with OC players have clinched a spot in their respective conference playoffs:
Brigham Young University
Cal Poly SLO
Loyola Marymount University
University of Arizona
Of particular interest is the Southwestern Lacrosse Conference (SLC) whose conference semi-final and championship games will be held at Del Norte High School in San Diego on May 3rd and May 5th. The SLC playoff teams include Arizona State, Chapman LMU, UCSB and Univ of Arizona. The SLC showcases some of the strongest teams in the MCLA with Chapman ranked #3, Arizona State #4, UCSB #6 and the University of Arizona #21 (based on April 23rd Nike/Inside Lacrosse National MCLA Poll).
The OC is well represented in the SLC, with 35 OC players on these playoff teams (See our “Where are they now page”). The proximity of these games has the makings of great road trip for families and lacrosse fans looking to see lacrosse played at the next level. It’s also a great way to expose high school players to other possibilities for continuing to play lacrosse in college at a high level.