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Jan. 21, 2023 — Finding a season

One of the news items I was hoping to hear coming out of the U.S. Lacrosse Convention this weekend in Baltimore is the plan for Season 2 of the Next Collegiate Lacrosse League.

Last year, the NCLL brought together six historically black colleges — Bowie, Howard, Coppin, Morgan, Delaware State, and the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore — for several weeks of competition in the Sixes format. Games were played at a pair of the centers of the sport: Ludwig Field at the University of Maryland and at Tierney Field at U.S. Lacrosse headquarters, and were televised on NXT Level Sports.

But aside from a couple of social media posts, there hasn’t been much talk about a second season of the league, and it’s barely 10 weeks from the first anniversary of the start of last year’s league — when, presumably, the second year would start.

I know that Morgan State has a bigger fish to fry; it wants to join Hampton University and the University of the District of Columbia as fully-funded men’s lacrosse programs. But there’s no reason for all six of last year’s participants and perhaps a couple more to join in for the second season of Next Collegiate. I’ll be interested to see the 2023 league.