The US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) national championship event is returning to Texas twice in the next three years and will be played at the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex, located about 15 miles north of Austin. Both the 2020 and 2022 season-ending championships will be contested in Round Rock, which also hosted the event in 2018.
“We are very happy to return to the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex for the national championship tournament,” said Liz Holmes, chair of the US Lacrosse WCLA Committee. “We had wonderful feedback from our participants and attendees in Round Rock two years ago, so we’re confident that our membership will be excited to again return to this outstanding location in 2020 and 2022.”
Dates for the 2020 WCLA Division I and II National Championships are May 6-9. All tournament games will be played at Round Rock’s 60-acre venue that features five natural grass fields, five turf fields, abundant on-site parking, Musco sports lighting, a restroom and concessions building, meeting rooms, and additional spectator amenities. The venue opened for play in 2017.
Nearly 230 non-varsity collegiate teams comprise the WCLA and compete under the US Lacrosse umbrella. The annual Division I and Division II National Championships showcase the WCLA’s premier teams, featuring a Division I field of 16 teams and a Division II tournament of 12 qualifying teams.
“The WCLA is an integral part of our US Lacrosse family, and the skill and commitment of these collegiate club teams is truly impressive,” said Caitlin Kelley, women’s lacrosse director at US Lacrosse. “Concluding the season with the WCLA National Championship at a first-class venue like the Round Rock Multipurpose Complex allows US Lacrosse to showcase and celebrate the caliber of collegiate club lacrosse players.”
Started in 2001, the WCLA Championship has had 10 previous host sites and is making its third overall appearance in Texas in 2020. Virginia Beach served as host site for last season’s championship and will once again serve as event host in May 2021.
“Hosting the extraordinary athletes of the US Lacrosse WCLA Championships in 2020 and 2022 is a fantastic opportunity for Round Rock. We look forward to providing state-of-the-art facilities for the competition and showing off our unique brand of Texas hospitality to the athletes and the fans,” said Nancy Yawn, director of the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.
In 2019, the Pittsburgh Panthers won the Division I title, their second national championship, while the Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds claimed their second consecutive Division II title.
“The love of our sport that these athletes display on the lacrosse field is uplifting and wonderful to witness,” Holmes said. “Our national championship is the culmination of the season’s hard work and success by our top teams and we look forward to hosting the event once again at this wonderful venue in Round Rock.”
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