College Lacrosse Canadian Style

Posted: December 2, 2010 by Paul Rai in Alberta Lacrosse, College Lacrosse, Recruiting
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Thanks to Rod Payne who authored the following article on CUFLA (The Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association).  Rod played in CUFLA when he attended Western.  He is a proud supporter of CUFLA and is heavily involved in minor lacrosse in the Edmonton region.  This is a good read and we hope to provide more information on CUFLA opportunities in the near future.

If you ask most high school Lacrosse players in Canada what their lacrosse dreams are, most will say they want to play field lacrosse at an NCAA school.  An admirable goal but at what cost will some players go to achieve the NCAA dream?  The fact is too many Canadian players are choosing sub-standard educations at marginal U.S. schools.  Even worse, with only so many athletic scholarships available (12.6 for an entire team at Div. I schools) a majority of players end up paying for all or part of a very expensive U.S. education from institutions that many Canadian employers do not even recognize.

Is there another option available? Absolutely!  The Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA) has been in existence for over 26 years.  Twelve universities in Ontario and Quebec participate in the league.  Five of the universities (Western, University of Toronto, Queen’s, McMaster, McGill) rank in the top 200 of all universities in the world (US News World’s Best Universities).  Tuitions are affordable, campuses are safe and employers are hungry to employ the graduates.

The lacrosse teams at the 12 universities range from fully funded varsity programs to club teams sponsored by the university.  Prominent current players in the league include Scott Tinning (Western/Edmonton Rush), Sean Thompson (Guelph/Minnesota Swarm), Corey Fowler (Carlton/Jr. A. Money Baller), Josh Wasson (Carleton/ Toronto Rock).

Former Team Canada members Greg Kent, Randy Mearns, Mac Allen, Jon Sullivan, Colin Doyle, Shawn Williams and coaches Ed Comeau and John Mouridian have all cut their teeth in CUFLA as players or coaches.

While athletic scholarships are not available for any sport at Canadian Universities each institution has multiple academic and charitable scholarships available to students.  These scholarships can be viewed on-line at most university websites.

  1. Jeremy says:

    Hey, I have had that dream to play in the NCAA as a Canadian, but like said it will be expensive. I was just wondering what are the chances for me to make the mll/nll if I were to attend a college team in the CUFLA?


    • Paul Rai says:

      If you were playing a high level of box lacrosse while playing in the CUFLA there definitely are opportunities to play in the NLL or MLL. The CUFLA league is getting stronger and with better coaching the level of play will continue to improve. Coaches love players that help them win. If you can help a team win it does not matter where you play.

  2. Jordon V. says:

    i live in the united states and play lacrosse but i was born in Canada. If i go to Canada for lacrosse what are some of the better colleges?

    • Paul Rai says:

      McGill and Western Ontario are two of the best schools. Both these schools have good lacrosse programs and they have coaches interested in players that want to attend their schools. Go online and email them. They will get back to you quickly.

  3. Phil M says:

    My son plays Field Lacrosse in Australia and his dream is to play NCAA, should he consider Canada as an alternative. What are his chances of a scholarship at a Canadian University?

    • Paul Rai says:

      Canada does not give out scholarships. There are some great schools and there is financial aid, loans and grants available. I would contact the coaches and discuss what there might be for assistance. Some of the schools have excellent academics.

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