The Marquette University Club Team was recently denied on their attempt to keep playing in the MCLA.
Two chairmen of the team flew down to San Diego and met with board members of the MCLA on August 11. Unfortunately, their appeal was denied even with signatures from many UMLL members stating that it was okay for them to keep participating.
The MCLA’s policy is that if your school has a Division 1 Varsity team, that your school can no longer sponsor a team in the MCLA. Now, the team is faced in playing in the GLLL, which to be honest is a less-competitive and quality of play version of the MCLA.
Marquette’s team showed more promise last year as they posted a 9-5 record including a eye opening 4-1 record in the UMLL. The team, located in Milwaukee was made up mostly from players from Midwest Hotbeds (did I just make up a new term?) such as Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, and the greater Milwaukee area.
It’s truly sad to see them go as I considered them a program on the rise in the MCLA.
The MCLA obviously has this rule so a team for example like Michigan couldn’t use their club team as a developmental team in sync with their D1 team. This could cause a unfair advantage in both the NCAA and MCLA as Michigan could over-recruit, offer special privileges, and overall still rule the MCLA.
Regardless, it’s sad to see them go as the UMLL is down to only five teams now: UMD, U of M, Mankato, St. Cloud State, and ISU.
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