2002 INFO:

Greg Hoobler
George Counes
Matt Holtz
Mike Digiovanni
Adam Easterbrook
Brandon Glaza
Scott Knoche
Brad Claeys
Shaun Leahey
Mike Schmansky

In their sixth season as a club sport, the Men's Lacrosse team now prepares for the 2002 season. You can follow the action here at WWW.MSU.LAX.NET or for more information please e-mail the captains listed above. Please direct questions concerning the website to the Webmaster.

In the early 1960ís a club was organized for lacrosse at Michigan State University.  Some years later the club organization was developed into one of the top varsity Division one teams in the NCAA.  In 1996 the success of this team went unnoticed when the University eliminated the Michigan State Menís Division I lacrosse program in order to comply with Title IX, a requisite of Universities to insure gender equality in athletics. The teams limited use of facilities and lack of financial support created a burden on the success of the varsity program and it was forced to regress to a club level sport. Since that date, the Men's Lacrosse program has reverted to a self-funded student club organization. The team is proud to be the sole representative of men's lacrosse at Michigan State University.  The team travels throughout the Midwest, as well as across the nation, competing in the newly formed Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) championship and the coveted United States Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates (USLIA) championship.

Michigan State Lacrosse is a member of the United State Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates (USLIA), the largest lacrosse league in the world. The USLIA is made up of over 100 teams in 8 conferences that represent virtually every region of the country.  The USLIA is a superior collegiate level organization for club lacrosse.  Many teams try to get into the USLIA and are denied admission.  The USLIA holds high standards of play and also strict eligibility standards within each club organization.  Michigan State Lacrosse club is fortunate to be a member of the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association.   With 15 teams throughout the Midwest, the CCLA is a well-recognized conference. All of the programs in the USLIA are club teams that operate as "virtual varsities." They are coached, highly structured teams, many with large budgets.  Every team competes at a national scale yet each conference has its own unique styles and required games.  Although the varsity team once played at a superior range, the level of play in the USLIA has risen high enough, and there are so many required games, varsity games are no longer played.  As with most collegiate level athletics, there is a regular season champion as well as a conference tournament champion.  The winner of the CCLA tournament, along with the champions of the 7 other conferences, gets an automatic bid to the USLIA national championship tournament in St. Louis, Missouri in early May.  Four other at-large bids go to the highest ranked teams in the final regular-season poll that did not receive automatic bids. The past three years, the University of Michigan won the CCLA and received their first three bids to the national tournament, including the #1 ranking going into the 2001 tournament. The team lost in the quarterfinals each year but returns many players from those teams in this yearís quest to improve on those results.

This year, the CCLA tournament is April 26-28 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The winner of the tournament, along with the champions of the 7 other conferences, recieves an automatic bid to the USLIA national championship tournament in St. Louis, Missouri.  This year's touament runs from May 8-11. Four other at-large bids go to the highest ranked teams in the final regular-season poll that did not receive automatic bids. In 2001, Michigan State went to the CCLA tournament as the #5 seed.  After beating Purdue in the first round, the Spartans fell to the soon to be CCLA champs, the Michigan Wolverines.

No. Many club teams are unaffiliated with any national league, and nearly 100 others are part of the National Collegiate Lacrosse League (NCLL). The NCLL is a very successful league, focused primarily in the East and out as far as Ohio, that is geared towards more traditional, less structured club teams. While some NCLL teams are very talented, most are uncoached, and the league does not follow NCAA rules of play, nor do they have as strict eligibility requirements as the USLIA does. The USLIA on the other hand is directly affiliated with USLacrosse, the national governing body of lacrosse. Its purpose is to provide a near varsity experience for student-athletes at schools where there is no varsity lacrosse. In only its 4th year, the USLIA has grown faster than its founders could have imagined. Many lacrosse players, coaches and fans are still learning about the vast differences between USLIA and NCLL or traditional club lacrosse.

Probably, but not any time soon. With the phenomenal growth of lacrosse continuing at the youth and high school levels across the country, it surprises many that a school with the athletic reputation of Michigan State doesnít have a varsity program anymore, while Midwest schools like Butler, Ohio State and Notre Dame do. Obviously, a varsity program at Michigan State would have incredible potential. Unfortunately, as schools scramble to reach compliance with Title IX, the federally mandated requirement to provide gender equity in athletics, more menís varsity lacrosse programs are being cut than added. While Michigan State is leading the way among top-Division I universities toward gender equity, the addition of menís lacrosse would require the addition of a similar womenís sport at the same time. This would not be cheap.

Michigan State Lacrosse
P.O. Box 1221
East Lansing, MI 48826