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Great Lakes Lacrosse League

The Great Lakes Lacrosse League (GLLL) is a regional organization of non-varsity men's club lacrosse programs in the Midwestern United States. The GLLL was founded in 2004 to provide a competitive league for teams in the Midwest who want to play in a well organized league outside of NCAA restrictions and without the expense of being a "virtual varsity."[1] The GLLL focuses on "playing more and paying less" in each lacrosse season. The GLLL has grown to 33 teams, from 7 different states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Indiana, and Iowa. The league is divided into 7 geographic conferences which minimizes travel costs. Members of the GLLL strive to find a greater balance between athletics, personal life and academics.[1] The season culminates each year with the championship tournament in Madison, Wisconsin.


The GLLL originally formed with 9 teams in 2004. The founding teams were the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, Loyola University (IL), University of Wisconsin–Platteville, Carleton College, Northern Michigan, University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, St. Norbert College and the Mad Cow Lacrosse Club.

2012 teams by division

Central Division: UW-Madison (Red), UW-Madison (White), UW-Milwaukee, UW-Whitewater, UW-Platteville

Prairie Division: Mad Cow, Michigan Tech, UW-Steven's Point, Ripon, St. Norbert, UW-Oshkosh

Chicago Division: Western Illinois, Northern Illinois, Lake Forest, Northwestern, U of Chicago

Eastern Division: Holy Cross College, Loyola (IL), Michigan (Club), Michigan State (GLLL)

North Central Division: UW-Eau Claire, UW-River Falls, UW-Stout, Dirty Birds

West Division: St Mary's (MN), UW-La Crosse, Drake, Winona State

Southwest Division: Gustavus Adolphus, North Dakota, MSU-Moorhead, Augsburg, Concordia College

Central Division

Institution Mascot Location Year Joined
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Panthers Milwaukee, WI 2005
Northern Illinois Huskies DeKalb, IL 2005
University of Wisconsin Red Badgers Madison, WI 2003
University of Wisconsin White Badgers Madison, WI 2004
UW Whitewater Warhawks Whitewater, WI 2003
Western Illinois University Leathernecks Macomb, IL 2007

East Division

Institution Mascot Location Year Joined
Mad Cow Lacrosse Club Cows Milwaukee, WI 2003
Michigan Technological University Huskies Houghton, MI 2004
Ripon Lacrosse Club Red Hawks n/a 2009
St. Norbert College Green Knights De Pere, WI 2003
University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh Titans Oshkosh, WI 2005

South Division

Institution Mascot Location Year Joined
Holy Cross College Saints Notre Dame, IN 2009
Lake Forest College Foresters Madison, WI 2008
Loyola University Chicago Hobos Chicago, IL (Rogers Park) 2003
Northwestern University Wildcats Evanston, IL 2004
University of Chicago Maroons Chicago, IL (Hyde Park) 2005

West Division

Institution Mascot Location Year Joined
Gustavus Adolphus College Lions St. Peter, MN 2009
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Cardinals Minneapolis, MN 2008
University of Wisconsin–La Crosse Eagles La Cross, WI 2003
University of Wisconsin–Platteville Pioneers Platteville, WI 2003
University of Wisconsin–River Falls Falcons River Falls, WI 2005
University of Wisconsin–Stout Blue Devils Stout, WI 2004
Winona State University Warriors Winona, MN 2008
Drake University Bulldogs Des Moines, IA 2010

League play

The GLLL is dedicated to providing a great schedule of games while keeping expenses and travel time to a minimum. Scheduling is performed centrally, shortly after the annual league meeting, where teams indicate their travel and availability preferences. This benefits member teams significantly, so that they coordinate their entire season schedules with all of their opponents. The GLLL functions democratically and with transparency; at the league meeting (and throughout the season) each team has a voice to suggest and ratify any changes to our operating rules.

GLLL League play consists of several mini-tourneys per season where multiple teams play each other at one site. Playing two games in a day allows teams to get their regular season schedule of about eight games done in four or five days over five weekends in the spring. The season culminates in the championship tournament weekend in which all teams participate and are seeded by regional rankings.

The GLLL is grouped into four regions. Each regional champion receives a plaque for their season and the top two teams from each region compete for the championship title while the remaining teams compete in a consolation bracket. Trophies are awarded for first through third in both championship and consolation brackets. This format allows both strong teams and developing programs a more competitive experience.

GLLL Championship history

2012: UW-Madison Red defeated Holy Cross (9-8)

2011: UW-Milwaukee defeated UW-Platteville (12-5) Tournament M.V.P. Jack Peterson (UW-Milwaukee)

2010: Holy Cross defeated UW-Madison (6-5) Tournament M.V.P. Jeff Byers (HCC)[2]

2009: UW-Madison defeated Holy Cross (6-4) Tournament M.V.P. Jeff Byers (HCC)[3]


External links

  • 2011 Great Lakes Lacrosse League Statistics and Rankings
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