The George Washington University men's lacrosse team is celebrating its fifth season in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) in 2017. However, lacrosse at GW dates back to 1963, when three students applied to the U.S. Lacrosse Coaches Association for a thousand dollar grant to purchase equipment. Since our founding, GW lacrosse has always been largely student-lead and student-funded.
In the 1960's and 1970's, GW lacrosse competed as a club program but routinely faced varsity NCAA programs. In the 1990's, the program joined the loose affiliation of club programs and played a schedule of regional contests. In 2000, the program won its first National Collegiate Lacrosse League (NCLL) title, a feat it would repeat in 2010.
In 2012, the team's leadership decided to make a bid to join the MCLA in order to raise the profile of GW lacrosse and compete at the highest level of virtual varsity college lacrosse. By proving value to the University community and by enriching the educational experience of our student-athletes, we continue to drive for a full NCAA-level investment in lacrosse as a varsity sport at GW.
The MCLA is the truly national organization of college lacrosse programs, with the representation of more than 200 teams in 40 states.
Within the MCLA, there are 10 geographic conferences, such as the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC), of which GW is a member. GW is joined by Kentucky, Liberty, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia in the SELC's Northwest Division.
The top two teams from each SELC division earn a bid to the SELC Tournament, held annually in Atlanta, GA. Winners of the SELC earn a bid to the MCLA National Tournament, which has been held in Orange, CA for the last two seasons.
Because our team has chosen to compete at a high level, we hold every member of the team to a high level of accountability. Much like an NCAA program would, we have a short fall ball season during which we practice two times per week and scrimmage a handful of teams. Starting in January, we practice four times per week to prepare for a twelve to fifteen game schedule. Because academics take precedent within our program, we practice in the late afternoons and evenings. We supplement our practice schedule with team workouts, film review, and study halls.
From a financial standpoint, our program subsists on a combination of school funding, fundraising, and dues. Though each student-athlete is asked to pay a dues amount (which is well below the average MCLA dues amount), the team's leadership will never turn away a player based on his ability to pay team dues.
Our program's coaches are actively recruiting student-athletes who might be a good fit for GW's rigorous academics. The coaching staff routinely attends recruiting showcases during the summer and fall months, but encourages interested players to initiate the conversation by filling out the Recruiting Form in case we can't see you play in person. We would also love to watch your game film.
Each fall, the GW lacrosse program invites qualified seniors to visit GW and spend some time meeting with the coaching staff and the team. We also tour both main campuses of GW and invite the recruits to spend the night with hosts from the team.
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- Access to more than 75 undergraduate majors in ten Colleges & Schools.
- Access to world-renowned professors and speakers at a 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.
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