With fall ball ramping up and teams looking forward to the 2016 high school season the new lacrosse year has begun, and its time to review the Top 10 Stories of 2015. Today we get to No. 8, the MCLA National Championship Tournament. Follow the links below if you missed the previous stories:
For the second year in a row, not only did Orange County host the tournament but OC teams and players were a big part of the storyline. Over 3,000 fans showed up at Chapman University to watch St. Margaret’s alum Brandon Suchand lead Grand Canyon University to their first ever MCLA Division 1 National Championship and Concordia University get edged out of their first Division 2 championship 12-11 by Dayton. Suchand was joined on the All-Tournament by Foothill alum Cooper Pickell Chapman’s Dylan Garner and Brendan Croteau.
The event has been so successful that it will return to UCI and Chapman for a third consecutive year in 2016.2016 MCLA National Championships Tournament will take place May 9-14 at UC Irvine (May 9-10) and Chapman Stadium (May 12 & 14). Tickets are $3/person May 9-10; $10 & $15 (reserved box seat) May 12 & 14. More information will be available at mcla.us., which is currently under construction for an upgrade. The site is expected live again by the end of October. All tournament information will be available on the site by Jan 1, 2016.
The MCLA will offer a 50/50 ticketing fundraiser to area youth and high school programs once again, and will donate up to $5,000 through this program. The MCLA returns 50% of all tickets sold by a school back to the school. Easy fundraising money!
The MCLA Golf Tournament, which is open to the public, will take place on Wednesday May 11th at the San Joaquin Course in Irvine.