Interested in Playing for UConn?

Send Coach Paolini an email -

Frequently Asked Questions

Why play Lacrosse at The University of Connecticut?
There are many good reasons to play lacrosse at UConn. First, this is a great place to get a college education. UConn consistently ranks among the best for a combination of academics and student life. In addition, as one of the largest University in the United States, UConn's diverse alumni body affords many opportunities for internships and post collegiate work well beyond the scope of most other schools. UConn Men's Lacrosse provides a very competitive lacrosse experience on a national scale. Our student-athletes are expected to dedicate themselves to the team, but they are given the time and latitude to focus on their academics. Players are expected to work as hard in the classroom as they do on the field. The word student appears first in student athlete because the team understands the student part comes first and not the other way around.
The University of Connecticut is one of the top public research universities in the nation, with more than 30,000 students pursuing answers to critical questions in labs, lecture halls, and the community. Knowledge exploration throughout the University's network of campuses is united by a culture of innovation. An unprecedented commitment from the state of Connecticut ensures UConn attracts internationally renowned faculty and the world's brightest students. A tradition of coaching winning athletes makes UConn a standout in Division l sports and fuels our academic spirit. As a vibrant, progressive leader, UConn fosters a diverse and dynamic culture that meets the challenges of a changing global society.
Our team offers a very competitive lacrosse experience, on a national scale without the overwhelming pressures and time-commitment of a big time Division I varsity lacrosse program. Our student-athletes are expected to maintain full dedication to the program and team commitments, but are given the latitude to focus on academics. Players are encouraged to take part in various activities beyond lacrosse and we are proud of the diversity of experiences our players graduate from the University having participated in. We also represent an opportunity for players who are interested in joining a respected and highly rated program. All members of our organization are committed to winning a National Championship and we prepare, practice, and work towards that goal on a daily basis.
Is UConn Men's Lacrosse an NCAA program?
No, the UConn Men's Lacrossee program is not a member of the NCAA; however we are a nationally recognized intercollegiate club team, participating as a Division I member of the MCLA with almost 200 teams.
Who does UConn compete against?
UConn competes in Division I of the PCLL (Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League).  The PCLL is one of the most competitive conferences in the country consisting of UConn, Boston College, Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire,  SUNY Buffalo, and the University of Rhode Island. Other Conferences include the CCLA (Midwest), the SELC (Southeast), the Great rivers Lacrosse Conference (Midwest), the Lonestar Alliance (Texas), the UMLL (Upper Midwest), the RMLL (Rocky Mountains), the WCLL (West Coast), and the PNCLL (Pacific Northwest). All of the programs in the MCLA are club teams that operate as "virtual varsities." They are well coached and highly structred teams that compete on a national scale.
Along with the PCLL schedule, UConn Men's Lacrosse also travels nationally during our spring break having played teams such as Colorado, Colorado State, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Clemson, Texas State, NC State, Wake Forest, Indiana, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Georgia Tech over the years. The opportunity to play such a wide variety of schools and visit these various locations is definitely one of the many advantages to playing for a top level MCLA program.
Is there a post-season tournament?
Yes, the PCLL conference tournament is held on the last weekend of April. For the past few years the PCLL tourney has been held at Stevenson Field on the campus of Brown University. The winner of the PCLL, along with the champions from the other 9 conferences, earns an automatic bid to the national championship tournament in mid-may. Six other at-large bids are available to the rest of the teams in the conference who do not win their conference championship. The 2015 MCLA National Tournament was held on the campus of UC-Irvine in Irvine, California.
What does "Virtual Varsity" mean?
Virtual Varsity is a term often used by top-level MCLA teams as a way of distinguishing themselves from what many people associate with a typical "club"program. Virtual Varsity refers to the effort by the team to operate as if it were a Varsity program at the Institution. Attendance at all team events is considered mandatory and teams work on short and long term plans to try and develop a nationally respected program.
Will there ever be varsity lacrosse at UConn?
It is possible, but at this time there are little to no plans for UConn to move to varsity in the near future. We are very proud of our affiliation with the MCLA and feel we represent a fantastic opportunity for any individual that is looking to play lacrosse at a highly competitive level, despite our not being an NCAA Varsity program.
How does playing MCLA lacrosse at UConn differ from playing NCAA lacrosse at other schools?
Our philosophy at UConn is that we want to do whatever it takes to compete at the highest level possible and represent the University in the best possible way. As such, we look and act like a varsity program at practice and during games and we require our student-athletes to work hard to achieve team and individual goals. In addition, every one of our players must follow MCLA rules and regulations regarding academic eligibility. As a program with no scholarships to offer and a firm commitment to academic excellence, we don't expect our players to make the same kind of time commitment as Division I varsity players do. While we expect all of our team members to be 100% committed to the team, we understand that academics come first. Our philosophy is more in line with Division III lacrosse principles, with a balance between academics and athletics. That being said, this is not a team for casual student-athletes. Time management skills are essential to your success at UConn if you plan to play lacrosse. This sounds easy but it isn't. As a college student-athlete you really have to mature and be responsible.
How can I join the team?
Our season is broken down into two parts, fall and spring. The fall season consists of three practices a week and several scrimmages. We use the fall season to gauge the talent of newer players and develop team chemistry. If you are interested in playing, please contact us. Participation in fall tryouts is highly recommended to join the team. However, some players do tryout in the spring if they are transfer students or those who were abroad during the fall semester.
Can I join after my freshman year?
Yes. We understand that starting school or transferring to a new institution can be a lot and adding lacrosse immediately can be difficult. If during your career at UConn you are interested in joining the UConn Men's Lacrosse program we are interested in your trying out for the team.