WCLA Division I and Division II National Championships
The US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) Division I and Division II National Championships showcase the nation’s premier non-varsity collegiate teams. The Division I field features 16 teams; the Division II tournament consists of 12 teams.
SPARKS, Md. (Dec. 11, 2017 ) – After an absence of 12 years, the US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) national championship event will be returning to Texas. US Lacrosse announced today that the 2018 WCLA Division I and II National Championships will be played at the new Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, located about 15 miles north of Austin in the Central Texas hill country.
Dates for the 2018 championship tournament are May 9-12. All tournament games will be played at the new 60-acre venue that features five natural grass fields, five turf fields, abundant on-site parking, Musco sports lighting, a restroom/concessions building, meeting rooms, and additional spectator amenities. The venue opened for play in Spring, 2017.
“The opportunity to compete in the WCLA National Championship is what our club teams strive for every year, and we are excited to bring our tournament to this beautiful new facility in Round Rock,” said Liz Holmes, chair of the US Lacrosse WCLA Committee.
Nearly 230 non-varsity collegiate teams comprise the WCLA and compete under the US Lacrosse umbrella. The annual Division I and Division II National Championships showcase the WCLA’s premier teams, featuring a Division I field of 16 teams and a Division II tournament of 12 qualifying teams.
“The WCLA is an integral part of our US Lacrosse family, and the growing number of teams participating in the league and the great level of competition at the National Championship truly demonstrate the commitment of the athletes and their enthusiasm for lacrosse,” said Caitlin Kelley, women’s game senior manager at US Lacrosse. “We’re delighted to bring the event to an area of the country where the game is growing rapidly and to showcase the collegiate opportunities available for female athletes.”
Started in 2001, the WCLA Championship has had nine previous host sites and is making its second appearance in Texas. The 2006 championship was played in Dallas. Salt Lake City served as host site for last year’s championship event.
“We are honored to host the 2018 WCLA National Championship in the Sports Capital of Texas. Our new, state-of-the-art Round Rock Multipurpose Complex was designed for national tournaments like lacrosse and it's sure to be a memorable weekend for all,” said Nancy Yawn, director of the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are excited for the players, families and fans to experience the winning spirit of Round Rock and everything it has to offer.”
In 2017, the Delaware Blue Hens won the Division I title, their first-ever national championship, while the Denver Pioneers repeated as the Division II champions.
“The talent, dedication, and love of our sport that these athletes display on the lacrosse field is uplifting and wonderful to witness,” Holmes said. “Club lacrosse provides a venue for these women to continue to play the game and compete at a high level, and is a valuable part of their collegiate experience.”
“The WCLA volunteer leadership and US Lacrosse staff put on an amazing event every May to showcase the best of the best in collegiate women’s club lacrosse, and we are looking forward to another great WCLA season and an exciting 2018 championship in Texas,” Kelly said.
About US Lacrosse
US Lacrosse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, is the national governing body of men’s and women’s lacrosse and the home of the nation’s fastest-growing sport. US Lacrosse has more than 450,000 members in 68 regional chapters across the country. Through responsive and effective leadership, US Lacrosse provides programs and services to inspire participation while protecting the integrity of the sport.
About Round Rock
Billing itself as the Sports Capital of Texas, Round Rock has become a premier destination for youth and recreational sports, with parks and athletic facilities that host a wide variety of tournaments and events year-round. Downtown Round Rock features restaurants, shops, bars and other entertainment options. This visitor’s guide (PDF) features a comprehensive listing of area dining, lodging, attractions, and more.
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December 1, 2017
- Team Membership Dues and 2017 WCLA Team Application Form deadline. Late fee applies for dues not paid and applications received by this deadline.
- Individual team petitions to move up or down in DI or DII classification must be made to the WCLA Chair.
- Deadline for leagues to submit a representative to the Rankings and Recognition Committees to meet the criteria for an AQ. Please email the WCLA Chair with your representatives.
February 15, 2018
To be eligible for the WCLA National Tournament, teams must complete these requirements by this date:
April 1, 2018
- Academic All-American submissions due to the D1 or D2 recognition's chair. Be advised that your submission must include a copy of an unofficial transcript. Nominations can be scanned and emailed or post-mark mailed by this date.
- WCLA All-American, Coach of the Year and Jenn Eames Team Award submissions due to your Regional Recognition Committee Representative. To download forms please see the Committee Page.
April 16, 2018 (9:00PM PDT)
- Each league that has an Automatic Qualification bid to the WCLA National Tournament must submit their representative by email to the Rankings Committee Chair and the Governance Chair by this time and date. Leagues are strongly encouraged to re-read the current WCLA Operating Procedures/Bylaws document AND Rankings document to ensure proper compliance. Failure to abide by this rule can result in your league forfeiting its Automatic Qualifier (AQ).