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Why attend the University of Idaho?
First and foremost is to receive a first-rate education from Idaho’s land-grant, national research institution. The University of Idaho offers more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees which lead to countless career opportunities. Our students are defined by their desire to achieve success in the classroom. Our top-ranked academic programs are led by internationally recognized experts and professionals. The number of National Merit Scholars who chose to attend U of I in 2017 outranked all other colleges and universities in the Northwest, bringing the current total at the University to 78.
Why play college lacrosse at the University of Idaho?
Being a member of the Vandal Lacrosse program offers the opportunity of a balanced college experience. Playing lacrosse promises fun at a highly competitive level but also allows players to have time to focus on studies and engage in other activities that the University of Idaho and the community of Moscow offers, such as fishing, whitewater rafting, skiing and camping, all within 45 minutes of campus. The team regularly travels to Canada, Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Utah for competition, which provides an opportunity to see first-hand the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest.
What is the Vandal Lacrosse Program?
Vandal Lacrosse is the official men's club lacrosse team of the University of Idaho. The Vandal Lacrosse program is a member of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA), the largest lacrosse league in the world. The MCLA consists of approximately 180 teams in 8 conferences throughout the US and Canada. The Vandals compete in the Pacific Northwest College Lacrosse League (PNCLL) in the Division I bracket. Our Conference currently includes Boise State University, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Simon Fraser University, and University of Washington. Our out-of- conference competition in recent years has included Sonoma State University, Brigham Young University, Chapman University, University of Utah, and University of Nevada.
In addition, Vandal Lacrosse, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation, led by the coaches and managed by a Board of Directors primarily comprised of parent volunteers who support the coaches in various ways.
Does your team have membership dues?
Yes, since it is a Club Sport organization and not a sanctioned college athletic sport. As most club teams competing in the MCLA, our team operates on a budget that is funded through player membership dues, fundraising and donations. Player membership dues and player team equipment fees are approximately $2,500 per academic school year.
Do you offer athletic scholarships?
Since the main source of funding is from individual membership dues and team fundraising, we cannot offer scholarships at this time but hope to as our program grows. Dues payment schedules can be discussed.
What are the student-athlete academic requirements?
Team members must be enrolled full-time at the University of Idaho (12 credit hours) and maintain a cumulative GPA above 2.0.
Do you recruit?
Yes! We welcome players from anywhere and our coaching staff can be seen recruiting at Pacific Northwest area high schools, camps, and tournaments. From outside of the PNW, we have had players from California, Illinois, Minnesota, Japan, and Germany on our rosters, along with several NCAA program transfers.
What does a year of lacrosse experience look like as a Vandal Lacrosse player?
Typically, there are three commitment segments throughout the school year: Fall Ball, Winter Training, and Spring Season.
Fall Ball usually begins in early September for about six weeks. Two-hour practices are held 2-3 days per week. Practice times are most often in the evenings. Team members are expected to be at all practices each week. The Fall season traditionally finishes with competition in a regional tournament. Fundraising activities are also focused on during the less busy fall season.
Winter Training begins shortly after Fall Ball ends. During this time, players break into position specific training groups and meet twice a week for one hour. This segment lasts about a month, finishing the week before Thanksgiving holiday break.
Spring Season is the most exciting time of the year! Spring practice begins the second week of the spring semester and continues through the end of April. As in the fall, practice times are usually in the evening, with two-hour practices three days per week and with one weekly conditioning practice. Games are typically played on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, and often two games in one weekend.
We also encourage our athletes to add fitness classes that are offered through the university to their quarterly or semester schedules. A few examples of these classes include weight training, rock climbing, yoga, swimming, etc.
What is the cost to attend the University of Idaho?
Undergraduate 2018-19 academic year estimated costs:
In-state residence Non-Idaho resident*
Full-Time Student Fees/Tuition $7,488 $23,812
Room & Board $8,670 $ 8,670
Books & Supplies $1,292 $1,292
Subtotal Base Cost $17,450 $33,774
Miscellaneous & Personal $3,850 $3,850
Total Est. Costs $21,300 $37,624
* WUE for participating states and Discover Idaho Program can reduce tuition cost.
How can I join Vandal Lacrosse or get more information?
1) Become a student at University of Idaho!
2) Email the Head Coach via the Contact tab (on this website) with a brief introduction. Be sure to include your first and last name, high school graduation year, cumulative GPA, academic goals, and your lacrosse experience, and any questions you have.
3) Follow us on our social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.