February 10, 2011

D-II Programs Team Up For Western League

from press release

ALAMOSA, Colo. - Seven different NCAA Division II institutions from three states have joined together to form the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, which has commenced operations this spring.

Five men's and four women's teams founded the association, which has the philosophy "to promote men's and women's intercollegiate lacrosse for the mutual benefit of its member institutions by providing scheduling and recognition opportunities," as stated in the recently ratified WILA bylaws.

The men's contingent includes Adams State College and Mesa State College, who are both sponsoring the sport of lacrosse for the first time, Dominican University of California, Grand Canyon University and Notre Dame de Namur University. Adams State and Mesa State, also new sponsors of the women's game, are joined by fellow Colorado institutions Fort Lewis College and Regis University on the women's side.

The teams will play home-and-home series with each of their fellow association opponents. Those results will determine the WILA Champions for each gender. Those institutions will then possess the WILA Cup for the next year.

The organization will also honor Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week throughout the season. Those awards and the post-season all-association team, which will be coined the "All-Western Team", will be selected by a vote of the members' head coaches and sports information directors.

A WILA Coach of the Year, Offensive Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and a Freshman of the Year will also be selected for each gender.

An Academic All-WILA team will also be selected in May following the completion of the season and will honor players who have a 3.3 or higher cumulative GPA and who play in a minimum of half of his or team's WILA games.

Adams State College associate athletic director & sports information director Chris Day will serve as the organization's volunteer director and media relations point-person. For more information about the organization, please visit the WILA's website www.thewila.com <http://www.thewila.com/> or contact Day at (719) 587-7825 or by email at clday@adams.edu.

Mesa State will play the first official men's game this Saturday at NCAA Division I foe Air Force although several other WILA teams have exhibition games already under their belt or on tap for this weekend.

The Adams State College men will begin their season with an exhibition game against the University of Northern Colorado Club Team at 2 p.m. on Saturday in Greeley. The Grizzly women are slated to begin their inaugural campaign on Mar. 4 at Colorado College.


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