The Cal Poly Men’s Lacrosse Team has been a part of campus since 1980. Over the past thirty years, we have maintained a well respected lacrosse program with a tradition of success both on and off of the field. During the past ten years we have developed into a nationally recognized team. We compete in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL), which is part of the national Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA), formally known as the US Lacrosse Intercollegiate Associates (USLIA). Out of more than 200 colleges and universities that compete in the MCLA, we have finished ranked in the Top 25 for ten straight seasons, including Top 10 finishes and trips to the National Championships in 2002 - 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2010.
Like nearly every college lacrosse team on the West Coast, Cal Poly Lacrosse is not a varsity sport and is not administered through the Athletic Department. Our program is operated by the Recreational Sports program, and the coaches and players carry out most of the logistics associated with running the team. Rec Sports contributes a small portion of the team’s annual budget, but the team covers the vast amount of expenses, conducting fundraising efforts and collecting player dues in order to cover their traveling expenses, league dues, referees fees, equipment costs, etc. Besides lower funding levels, the main drawback to being a club team on campus is that players do not have priority registration for classes, and must do their best to schedule classes around afternoon and evening practice times. Education certainly takes priority over lacrosse at Cal Poly, but most players are able to avoid class and practice conflicts without too much difficulty. Despite technically being a “club team”, and the extra bureaucratic work that goes along with that designation, Cal Poly Lacrosse operates like a varsity team and expects its players to show the commitment and dedication necessary to compete with the top MCLA teams in the nation. In addition, like all teams that compete in the MCLA, players on the Cal Poly squad must meet basic academic eligibility requirements in order to remain a team member in good standing.
Cal Poly Lacrosse originated during the 1979-1980 season, as Frostburg State transfer student Bill Ramsey cobbled together a group of former football, soccer, and hockey players to establish Cal Poly's inaugural squad. Ramsey acted as the team's player coach for the 1980 and 1981 seasons. Led by Ramsey and goaltender, Scott Graham, the 1981 squad helped establish Cal Poly's winning tradition, going 5-1 on the season in only the team's second year of existence.