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The Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (GRLC) is a conference in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA). The GRLC incorporates teams in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Ohio and is divided into two divisions, Division I and Division II.

Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference
Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference logo
Sports fielded
RegionMidwest and Great Lakes
HeadquartersSt. Louis, Missouri
CommissionerMatt Gardiner


The conference was formed in 2002 after teams in the southwestern region of the Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association separated to form the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference.[1]


GRLC Teams are split into two Divisions with the top programs and larger schools in Division I and smaller schools and programs in Division II. There are 9 members in Division I and 7 members in Division II.

Institution Location Founded Affiliation Enrollment Team Nickname Primary conference
Division I
University of Illinois Champaign, Illinois 1867 Public 42,326 Fighting Illini Big Ten (Division I)
Illinois State University Normal, Illinois 1857 Public 20,104 Redbirds Missouri Valley (Division I)
Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana 1820 Public 38,599 Hoosiers Big Ten (Division I)
University of Kansas Lawrence, Kansas 1865 Public 30,102 Jayhawks Big 12 (Division I)
Kansas State University Manhattan, Kansas 1863 Public 23,520 Wildcats Big 12 (Division I)
Miami University Oxford, Ohio 1809 Public 20,126 RedHawks Mid-American (Division I)
University of Missouri Columbia, Missouri 1839 Public 32,000 Tigers SEC (Division I)
University of Nebraska Lincoln, Nebraska 1869 Public 23,000 Cornhuskers Big Ten (Division I)
Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana 1869 Public 39,697 Boilermakers Big Ten (Division I)
Division II
Creighton University Omaha, Nebraska 1878 Private/Catholic (Jesuit) 4,133 Bluejays Big East Conference (Division I)
Missouri S&T Rolla, Missouri 1870 Public 6,815 Miners Great Lakes Valley (Division II)
Missouri State University Springfield, Missouri 1905 Public 21,000 Bears Missouri Valley (Division I)
Rose-Hulman Terre Haute, Indiana 1874 Private/Nonsectarian 2,000 Fightin' Engineers Heartland (Division III)
Saint Louis University St. Louis, Missouri 1818 Private/Catholic (Jesuit) 12,733 Billikens A-10 (Division I)
Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois 1869 Public 12,000 Salukis Missouri Valley (Division I)
Washington University in St. Louis St. Louis, Missouri 1853 Private/nonsectarian 13,527 Bears University Athletic Association (Division III)


  1. ^ "About the CCLA". CCLA. Archived from the original on December 20, 2010. Retrieved January 30, 2012.

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