Why George Washington Lacrosse?
First and foremost, George Washington University is great place to earn your degree. As of 2011, GWU is ranked among the top 50 colleges in the nation. GW is comprisedof 8 different undergraduate schools that offer a wide variety of majors for whatever interests its students may have. The school is spread out across the D.C. Foggy Bottom neighborhood near the State Department and about a mile away from museums on the National Mall and the Washington Monument. Thurston Hall (which houses most of the freshman class) is just two blocks from the White House.
The George Washington University lacrosse program provides students with a competitive lacrosse atmosphere without requiring the overwhelming time-commitment and pressure that is expected of varsity athletes. Our athletes are expected to dedicate themselves to the team but they are given the time and freedom to fully enjoy all that GW and DC have to offer.
What League is the team in? Who does it compete against?
We play in the National College Lacrosse League or NCLL for short. We are in the Chesapeake Division which includes the following schools: American University, Delaware, Frostburg College, George Mason University, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Loyola, Maryland, Navy, Salisbury, St. Mary's, Towson, and UMBC. We also play other NCLL club teams in the Blue Ridge Conference (VA), Eastern Pennsylvania Conference, Keystone Conference (Central PA), and Tidewater Conference (VA). For more information on all of the conferences in the NCLL please visit ncllax.com.
However, our lacrosse games are not limited to NCLL opponenets. In fact, we strive to broaden our college lacrosse experience by playing MCLA teams, NJCAA (Junior Colleges) teams, and Post-Collegiate teams of the DCLC (District of Columbia Lacrosse Clubs).
How competitive is the team?
We strive to be the best that we can be when playing lacrosse. We have two hour practices three times per week in both the fall and the spring.Currently, we practice Mondays and Wednesdays at GW's Varsity Athletic Field and we reserve Fridays for conditioning, chalk talks, and stick work. We usually play 3 games in the fall plus two tournaments around the central Atlantic region. The NCLL Fall Brawl happens every year at the end of September in Baltimore, MD and is a tournament that we always participate in. In the spring, we play 10 regular season games plus we participate in UMD's Beltway Bash tournament every March.The spring season culminates in the NCLL National Tournament the last weekend of April. We have made the NCLL Elite 8 for the past two years.
How much does it cost to play?
Although we do receive a portion of our funding from the school to cover travel and game expenses, the significant majority of our budget comes from player dues. Each semester, every player pays between $1,o00 and $1,500 depending upon how much money is raised through team fundraising events. Player dues contribute to practice and game uniforms, travel costs, referee/tournament fees, and our coach's salary.
Tryouts are held in the fall and spring. If you are interested in playing please fill out our Recruitment form.
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