Big News in MCLA

Courtesy of Jac Coyne of the MCLA

After prohibiting non-varsity programs at institutions with varsity programs, the MCLA has opened its doors to everyone.

MCLA Opens Membership to NCAA Schools

ATLANTA – The Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA), the preeminent non-varsity league in the country, has announced that it has opened its membership roll to non-varsity programs at institutions that also sponsor a varsity lacrosse team.

Since its inception in 1997, the MCLA has limited its membership to programs at institutions that do not have a varsity entity. The organization’s Board of Directors voted to reassess that policy and open up the league to all non-varsity programs that satisfy the MCLA’s stringent eligibility and organizational requirements.

“The growth of lacrosse at the youth and prep levels has exploded over the past two decades, meaning more and more student-athletes are looking to play competitive lacrosse at the non-varsity level,” said MCLA president Ken Lovic. “Allowing well-organized teams at institutions that have a varsity option is consistent with our goal of providing opportunity in the sport.”

Like all prospective members of the MCLA, all programs with varsity programs will go through an extensive vetting process through whichever conference they choose to join and satisfy all of the stipulations currently in place.

Student-athletes on an MCLA team at a varsity institution may only play for that team, and not a blend of varsity and non-varsity practice/competition.

Non-varsity programs at NCAA-sponsoring institutions can contact MCLA Executive Director Jac Coyne or MCLA President Ken Lovic for further information.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.