The Rocky Mountain Lacrosse Conference is considered the third best conference behind the UMLL and the CCLA. It has great programs like Westminster, Montana St., and Northern Colorado. In the last few years the conference has taken a back burner in the D2 level, mainly because of its D1 level that has won a number of championships and had countless teams in the top 20.
They also have become more of an enigma after losing the National Championship tournament to the SELC. The RMLC has fallen a long ways from the days of National Champions and home field advantage during the Tournament.
After the back to back National Championships by Montana and Westminster in ’07 and ’08, the RMLC has only come close in ’10, with Utah Valley, only to be thwarted by the great and powerful Tommies. Since then Westminster has been the only team to give the RMLC a chance. Westminster is the definitely the team to beat in the RMLC. With only Westminster having the consistency over the past few years it’s only plausible to conclude that Westminster will win the RMLC championship.
The Griffins will have some competition this year, mainly from the Bobcats of Montana St. The Bobcats last year went 11-3 in the regular season and lost to Fort Lewis in the RMLC tournament. The Griffins will also hear challenges from the Fort Lewis Skyhawks. The Skyhawks also went 11-3 during the regular season and lost to Westminster in the RMLC tournament championship game. Whoever wants to get to Greenville in 2013 will definitely need to win the RMLC automatic bid to get there.
On December 6th the RMLC released the Coached poll for the pre- season and really it gives the same feeling that I have, Westminster is the team to beat.
- Westminster 47
- Montana St. 40
- Northern Colorado 38
- Fort Lewis 28
- Metro St. 22
- Regis 14
- Colorado- Mines 7
- Western St. 7