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Winning while having fun in Montana
The University of Montana lacrosse team competes in the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) a national organization of non-NCAA, college lacrosse programs. The MCLA currently operates in the US and Canada with 200+ teams in two divisions, across ten conferences. The Grizzlies or Griz, UM's name for their sports teams, compete in the Division 1 of the MCLA in the Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League (PNCLL).
The Griz operate as a "virtual varsity" club, playing a competitive spring schedule with eyes on a conference championship every year. The men who play for the Griz are all here because they love lacrosse and a commitment to win as a team.
They hold 2-3 practices in the fall attending and hosting several tournaments. When the season rolls around in the spring its full steam ahead as the Griz practice 3-4 days a week and play 1-2 games most weekends. The Griz season usually opens in mid February and concludes in early May after playoffs. A typical season will see 13-16 games.
Are there scholarships available?
Yes and no. We are a non NCAA program so we cannot offer athletic scholarships. However, we can offer non-athletic scholarships. Almost everyone that applies and mentions that they are playing lacrosse receives some sort of partial scholarship. Usually it is enough to offset dues. There are also many other scholarships available to students based on need or through applications. Talk to your admissions officer about pursuing these.
Also a full ride in lacrosse is a myth. Even if you are being recruited to play at an NCAA program, at the Division 1 level there are only 12.5 full scholarships available to spread across a roster of 45 players. This means that most players only receive a minimal portion, about as much as you would receive from Montana. At the Division 3 level you are not allowed to give athletic scholarships.
So even though lacrosse is "free" at other NCAA programs their tuition is usually much more expensive even with whatever scholarship or aid you were given.
You can pay full price out of state tuition at Montana and pay the full team dues and still be paying less than your tuition at other NCAA lacrosse programs.
I heard there are fees to play, why? How much are they? What does it cover?
Its true, and we are very upfront about this. Since Griz Lax is technically a club sport, we are not fully funded by the University. This means that the bulk of our budget is made up from player "dues". This is very common among every team that plays in the MCLA and you will find that we charge significantly less than any other program that we play. This is because head coach Tucker Sargent paid his own way while playing at Montana and understands the value of tight budgeting and not wasting money on frivolous things.
Dues cover everything that goes on with the program,
- Travel to and from games on our team coach bus
- All hotels while traveling with the team
- New Griz helmet
- Game jerseys and shorts
- Practice gear (pinny, shorts, long and short sleeve shooting shirts)
- Team gloves
- Reffing fees for home games
- Coaching stipend
- various field expenses like nets, balls, cones, etc.
When a player pays his dues it cover both fall and spring seasons.
Dues are $2,500 per player. We often work with families on paying in installments. If you have any questions please call or email head coach Tucker Sargent
What else do the Griz lacrosse players do?
While the Griz are committed to winning and playing a challenging schedule, the program is all about having fun. Remember THIS IS MONTANA arguably the best state in the nation, we have countless miles of blue ribbon trout streams, unrelenting whitewater, thousands of miles of hiking and biking trails, big game hunting and millions of acres to ski and explore fresh untouched powder.
So yes, Griz Lax encourages all of its players to get outside and find what makes you happy off the field and out of the classroom. The coaches are the biggest proponents of living life to its fullest in Montana. There is no specific winter work-out. Life in Montana if lived properly is good enough. Not sure what to do or want to try something new? Just ask one of the coaches and they will be happy to share a new favorite pastime.
Lacrosse, School and Life can all coexist with Griz Lax.