Updated: UMLL Conference Championship presented by Homegrown Lacrosse


Homegrown Lacrosse Hosts Collegiate Lacrosse Championship Tournament in St. Paul

Three-day tournament first step in University of St. Thomas’ pursuit of a third consecutive National Championship

ST. PAUL, MINN. (Apr. 25, 2011) — Twin Cities nonprofit Homegrown Lacrosse is proud to once again host the Upper Midwest Lacrosse League (UMLL) Championship tournament April 29 – May 1, 2011 at McMurray Athletic Fields and Concordia University in St. Paul, Minn.

Division I and Division II teams from Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and Wisconsin will compete to represent the Midwest conference at the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) 2011 National Tournament in Denver.

For the past two years, the University of St. Thomas’ men’s lacrosse club team advanced from the UMLL tournament to go onto win the MCLA Div II title. Led by senior attackman Joe Costello, the University of St. Thomas team is heavily favored to make it three in a row – if they can make it past their conference rivals, St. John’s University and North Dakota State University. Additionally, Div. I University of Minnesota-Duluth has made it’s presence felt at the National Tournament in recent years as well.

“Seeing the Tommie’s success means a lot to Minnesota’s growing lacrosse community,” said Aron Lipkin, co-founder and executive director of Homegrown Lacrosse. “This tournament celebrates more than just the champions, it also celebrates all of the players who participate. It isn’t easy to run a team, play at this level of competitiveness and maintain their studies. The hard work and commradarie that the teams in the UMLL embody is something I believe we all should strive for.”

WHEN: April 29 – May 1, 2011 


  • McMurray Athletic Fields in St. Paul, Minn. (Quarterfinals)
  • Concordia University Sea Foam Stadium in St. Paul, Minn. (Semi’s and Champsionship)


  • Competitive lacrosse action by the state’s best men’s collegiate players including the 2009 MCLA Division II Player of the Year, Joe Costello
  • Division I and Division II winner advances to the MCLA National Tournament in Denver
  • Free admission for Friday games; Saturday and Sunday admission is $5 (students) and $7 (parents)
  • A portion of gate admissions proceeds will support Homegrown Lacrosse community development efforts including the In-School P.E. Program which introduces the sport to K-12 students throughout Minnesota and after-school programming in Minneapolis

WHO: The Upper Midwest Lacrosse League (UMLL) is a collegiate men’s lacrosse league comprised of six Division I and nine Division II teams in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. The UMLL is one of ten conferences within the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA), a national organization of non-NCAA, collegiate lacrosse programs.

Friday (McMurray Athletic Fields) 

  • 5:30 p.m.  St. John’s University vs. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • 6:00 p.m.  Carleton College vs. St. Olaf College
  • 8:00 p.m.  St. Cloud State vs. MSU-Mankato
  • 8:30 p.m.  Iowa State vs. Marquette

Saturday (Concordia)

  • 9:30 a.m.  Univ. of St. Thomas vs. Carleton/St. Olaf
  • 12:30 p.m.  North Dakota State vs. SJU/UWEC
  • 3:30 p.m.  University of Minnesota-Twin Cities vs. ISU/MU
  • 6:30 p.m.  University of Minnesota-Duluth vs. SCSU/MSUM

Sunday (Concordia)

  • 1:30 p.m.  Div II Championship
  • 4:30 p.m.  Div I Championship

Division I teams: Iowa State University, Marquette University, Minnesota State-Mankato, St. Cloud State, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Division II teams: Augsburg College, Bethel University, Carleton College, Minnesota State-Moorhead, North Dakota State, St. John’s University, St. Olaf College, University of St. Thomas and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

About Homegrown Lacrosse

Founded in 2003, Homegrown Lacrosse is dedicated to encouraging positive change in the lives of youth lacrosse players and supporting the growth of the sport in Minnesota. Through community-based programming, Homegrown Lacrosse uses lacrosse to provide opportunities for individuals to get involved and cultivate the skills and relationships necessary to succeed on and off the field. Led and staffed by experienced collegiate lacrosse players, Homegrown Lacrosse holds clinics, leagues and K-12 educational programming throughout the year.


  1. That sounds pretty heavenly. In my lax heaven I’d still have the lungs of a 17 year old so I’d want an indoor full size outdoor field, heck if it’s heaven I want two. One being field turf and the other Bermuda grass taken care of by the best team that ever pampered the fairways at Augusta National. And a sick concession stand in between

  2. MILLIONS? like how many millions? haha. give me unlimited resources and I will lax it up to the EXTREME!

    In an only somewhat dream-filled reality I would buy an Armory in NYC. try to find one with subway access nearby and hopefully in an underprivileged neighborhood. That way you can spread the game to new communities and not get floored by $1000/sf land prices.
    Inside the Armory, I would build an indoor field and box field. both field turf of the highest quality.
    If I could modify the roof so that it was retractable, you can bet your @$$ I’d do it. sun light could save on electricity and it would be nice to have an open air arena.
    Build some stands where the lowest rows are still about 10 feet above the floor, right up against the fields. I would also want to build in a second level above the fields. put a bar on the second level with some glass floors and lots of windows so the adults could watch the game from above and enjoy some beverages.
    You couldn’t run a bar indoor league in a better place!
    the outdoor field indoors may seem crazy but if you’ve seen a NYC Armory (or even that one in dirty jerz) you know it is 100% possible.

  3. Lax Heaven eh? Eastlake High-School here in the northwest actually comes REALLY close to my ideal – behind the high school are three HUGE grass-turf field lined for lacrosse (amongst other sports) with goals for each. The football stadium and nearby facility are have high concrete walls facing parking lots fencing the fields them selves. It is nearly impossible to lose a ball.

    I would have that, minus other sports, +an indoor facility, +an indoor facility strictly for wall ball. +joenandez cheerleaders.