Central Michigan ChippewasMount Pleasant, MI
Davenport PanthersGrand Rapids, MI
Michigan State SpartansEast Lansing, MI
Pittsburgh PanthersPittsburgh, PA
Toledo RocketsToledo, OH
Western Michigan BroncosKalamazoo, MI
Aquinas SaintsGrand Rapids, MI
Dayton FlyersDayton, OH
Grove City WolverinesGrove City, PA
Grand Valley State LakersAllendale, MI
Indiana Tech WarriorsFort Wayne, IN
Lawrence Tech Blue DevilsSouthfield, MI
Lourdes Gray WolvesSylvania, OH
Northwood TimberwolvesMidland, MI
Oakland GrizzliesRochester, MI
Siena Heights SaintsAdrian, MI
Saginaw Valley CardinalsSaginaw, MI
Taylor TrojansFort Wayne, IN
Michigan-Dearborn WolverinesDearborn, MI
The Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association was founded in 1999 when the Big Ten Lacrosse League, which had been in existence since 1972, expanded to include teams that were not at traditional Big Ten schools. As one of the original six MCLA conferences, the CCLA initially represented a vast region of the Midwest. In 2002, in response to overwhelming growth and a huge geographical spread, the southern half of the conference split off to form the GRLC.
CCLA teams established national scheduling practices well before the MCLA was born and continue that tradition throughout the MCLA era, with conference teams routinely travelling across the country to play teams from coast to coast and everywhere in-between.
In recent years the CCLA has achieved unprecedented national success. In Division 1 in 2008 Michigan became the first MCLA team to finish a season undefeated on the way to the first national championship for a CCLA team. In 2009, the Wolverines repeated the feat. In Division 2, the CCLA has placed two teams in the 12 team field each of the past two years, with both teams making the semifinals each year. In 2008 Grand Valley State reached the championship game, and in 2009 Dayton played in the championship.
The CCLA consists of 10 Division 1 teams and 15 Division 2 teams, representing six states: Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.