One of the big knocks against club lacrosse is that it isn’t as serious as NCAA lacrosse.
While MCLA lacrosse will never compare to the job like experience of D1 lacrosse, MCLA lacrosse is very similar to the D3 experience. At Indiana we ask players to come to study tables, review game film online, track their progress in the weight room, fundraise, participate in community service, dress a certain way at practice, dress a certain way during games and so forth. In many ways the experience that I had as a player at a NCAA Division 3 school was more relaxed than what we try to do at Indiana.
You don’t have to take my word though. Just ask the current sophomores and juniors how many of their teammates have quit because lacrosse at Indiana has gotten too serious over the last three years. Or, ask the incoming freshmen who sign up for the team at our fall Rec Fest then realize they’re expected to show up to every practice and quickly leave the program.
While it is sad to lose players, the current personnel that we have is the best group on and off the field since I’ve arrived to Bloomington. This roster has been refined each year by raising the expectations of what a club program could be. However, we wouldn’t be where we are today if the members of the 2011 roster hadn’t decided to take those first steps. Despite going 2-12 in 2011, Indiana lacrosse is better for it. We have those Hoosiers to thank for the success we will have this season and beyond.
Lacrosse at the MCLA level is what you make it. We’ve decided to make it the best experience our boys will have at Indiana.
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