The stakes are as high as the altitude in Boulder this weekend for many of the top US Lacrosse Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Associates (WCLA) teams. Seven of the top 20 teams in the latest WCLA Division I poll will participate in the first-ever Mile High Invitational, hosted by Colorado. Games start Friday.
“We thought the best way to attract good quality teams was to make it apparent up front that we wanted to make a really competitive tournament and bring a talented group of teams together that would really challenge each other,” Colorado head coach Dan Finck said. “The big thing early on was getting these teams to commit. That took a lot of work. From there the biggest task is scheduling everybody so everybody gets the games they want.”
No. 10 Colorado joins No. 3 BYU, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Colorado State, No. 7 Santa Clara, No. 12 Texas, No. 13 UC Davis Club and Arizona in action this weekend. (See full schedule below.) The results of the tournament could mean a seismic shift in the rankings next week and will be significant for teams heading into conference tournaments and the WCLA National Championships — which will be May 9-12 in nearby Colorado Springs.
Mile High Invitational – Boulder, Colo.
All games on Kittredge Fields. Times are local.
Friday March 30 1:30 p.m. – Colorado vs. Michigan 3 p.m. – BYU vs. Arizona 4:30 p.m. – Colorado State vs. Santa Clara 6 p.m. – UC Davis vs. Texas 7:30 p.m. – Colorado vs. BYU
Saturday March 31 9 a.m. – Colorado State vs. BYU 10:30 a.m. – Santa Clara vs. Texas 12 p.m. – Michigan vs. Arizona 1:30 p.m. – UC Davis vs. BYU 3 p.m. – Colorado State vs. Texas 4:30 p.m. – Colorado vs. Santa Clara 6 p.m. – UC Davis vs. Michigan
Sunday May 1 8 a.m. – Texas vs. Arizona 9:30 a.m. – Michigan vs. Santa Clara 11 a.m. – Colorado vs. UC Davis 12:30 p.m. – Colorado State vs. Arizona