Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is Lacrosse a NCAA sport at Arizona State?
We are not a NCAA sport.  Every year we try to improve the program on and off the field.  I truly feel that we run the program as close to a NCAA program as we can.  As lacrosse continues to grow on a national level, the support base for ASU will become stronger.  The longer I stay at ASU the better chance ASU will have to become a NCAA sport.  Varsity lacrosse could eventually be a reality at Arizona State University.

Q: So why would anyone want to play lacrosse at Arizona State?
There are many good reasons to play at ASU. First, this is a great place to get a college education. ASU consistently ranks among the best for a combination of academics and student life. In addition, as one of the largest University in the United States, ASU’s diverse alumni body affords many opportunities for internships and post collegiate work well beyond the scope of most other schools. Finally, the city of Tempe boasts the metropolitan resources of Phoenix, among the top 5 largest metro areas in the country and numerous activities accommodated by 330 sunny days each year.  ASU offers attractive tuition even for out of state students compared to most major universities.

Second, Sun Devil Lacrosse provides a very competitive lacrosse experience on a national scale. Our student-athletes are expected to dedicate themselves to the team, but they are given the time and latitude to focus on their academics.   I expect players to work as hard in the classroom as they do on the field.  I understand the players are student athletes and not the other way around.

Third, this is an exciting time to be part of lacrosse at Arizona State. The Devils are an elite MCLA team, competing for a national championship every year. The opportunity to be part of a new tradition is unmatched by any other college team in the nation.

Q: How does playing in the MCLA at ASU differ from playing NCAA lacrosse at other schools?
Our philosophy here at Arizona State is that we want to do whatever it takes to compete at the highest level possible and represent the University in the best possible way. As such, we look and act like a NCAA program at practice and during games and we require our student-athletes to work hard to achieve team and individual goals. In addition, every one of our players must follow MCLA rules and regulations regarding academic eligibility.

However, as a club team, we do not receive much financial support from the University.  Although it’s getting better.  We have to do extensive fundraising to ensure that we can run the kind of program we do.  Fundraising is a big part of what the program does on an everyday basis.  Players have to be prepared to fundraise when they come here.  Most D1 athletes don’t have to worry about that.

While we expect all of our team members to be 100% committed to the team, we understand that academics come first.  However, this is not a team for casual student-athletes.  We have a study hall program every semester for the students that need it.   Just like our varsity counterparts here at ASU, our student-athletes take great pride in representing their university and themselves in the best possible way.  They work very hard toward team and personal goals.  Playing lacrosse here is a big commitment and a tremendously valuable experience.

Q: Who does the team play?
Sun Devil Lacrosse is a member of the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA), the largest lacrosse league in the world. The MCLA is made up of approximately 215 teams in 10 conferences that represent virtually every region of the country. ASU is a member of the Southwestern Lacrosse League (SLC) with 12 teams throughout the west.   SLC was a new conference for the 09’ season.  Other conferences include the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL), Pioneer League (Northeast), the SELC (Southeast), the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference (Midwest/MO area), the Lonestar Alliance (Texas), the UMLL (Upper Midwest), the RMLC (Rocky Mountains), the CCLA (Midwest/MI area) and the PNCLL (Pacific Northwest).

Arizona State’s regular season schedule usually includes many of the top MCLA programs from around the country.  Teams like Brigham Young, Colorado State, Florida, UC Santa Barbara, and of course Arizona, are regularly on the schedule.  We want to play the best teams.  ASU plays a 4 game SLC South divisional schedule and always draws top opponents, especially early in the season due to February and March temperatures in the mid-70’s in Tempe. 

In the fall, the team plays a game against the Alumni and an Inter-squad (Maroon/Gold) game.

The schedule highlights one of the benefits of playing top-level MCLA lacrosse.  Unlike varsity lacrosse teams that play mostly regional schedules, the top MCLA teams play national schedules that have them traveling to campuses across the country.   In the last couple of years, the team has traveled to Utah, Minnesota, South Carolina and Louisiana.   The team hopes to head out to the east coast in the next year or two.

Q: Is there a post-season tournament?
Yes.  There are 2 post season tournamentsThe SLC tournament is in late April and the MCLA National Tournament is in the middle of May. The winner of the SLC tournament, along with the champions of the 9 other conferences, gets an automatic bid to the MCLA National Tournament.  Six other at-large bids are decided on by a MCLA tournament committee.  In 2008 the MCLA tournament was held in Dallas with the semi-finals and finals being played in Texas Stadium.  That was an experience that the ASU players will remember for the rest of their lives.  In 2013 the MCLA tournament will be held in Greenville, SC.  

Q: Does Sun Devil Lacrosse offer Scholarships or assistance with admissions?
As a MCLA program, the Arizona State Lacrosse team does not provide scholarships or have influence over the admissions process. Student-athletes interested in attending Arizona State should contact the admissions office for application and financial aid information.  ASU’s academic requirements are on the website.  Please make sure you check them as they are known to change after each semester. 

Q: What is a typical schedule for a Sun Devil Lacrosse Student-Athlete?
Playing lacrosse at ASU is a year-round commitment. In the fall we will practice 3 mornings per week for 7 weeks starting in mid-September. There will be study hall for those that need it. All freshmen will be in study hall their first semester in school. There will be study hall for those that need it. All freshman will be in study hall their first semester in school. We will workout in the weight room 3 days a week. 2 days as a team and the 3rd day on your own. When the fall season ends the players will have plenty of time to prepare for their final exams.

In the Spring, we start with a run test one week before practice starts.  We practice 6 days a week for 2 and 1⁄2 hours.  Practice time gets cut back to 2 hours once we reach the mid point of the season.  We will play anywhere from 13-15 games in the regular season.  We’ll watch films once a week and there will be study hall for those that need it.  We will also be in the weight room twice a week.

There are also other events such as team functions and fundraisers that everyone must attend.

Q: What is the practice schedule and how should I setup classes / work to accommodate lacrosse?
Time management skills are essential to your success at ASU if you plan to play lacrosse.  This sounds easy but it isn’t.  As a college student-athlete you really have to mature and be responsible. 

In the fall we practice 3 days a week for 7 weeks.  It is very important to register for classes on the day you’re allowed to.  If you don’t, you may come across some conflicts.  I understand that upper classmen are limited with their class selections.  If there are conflicts, more than likely, I won’t have a problem with it. 

In the spring, we practice from 3:30 – 6pm.  If I was on the team, I would have all my classes over at 2pm.  This will allow you to see a trainer if you need to or go out on the practice field for extra work. 

It will be very tough to have a job during the season.  If you think that is something that you need to do, I strongly suggest working as much as you can in the fall. 

Q: How do I join the team?
There are a 2 ways to join this team.  The first way is to be recruited.  The second way is to walk-on.  There are 2 ways to be recruited by ASU.  The first way is to send a film from one of your High School games.  The 2nd is for the coaching staff to see you play at a recruiting event.  If the coaching staff likes what they see, they will eventually let you know that they’re committed to you (recruit) and want to know if you are committed to ASU.  Ideally the team will carry 40-45 players.  We will have a meeting for walk-ons during the 2nd week of Sept.  Walk-ons will have at least 3 practices to show the caching staff what they can do.

We are looking for athletes that arrive in shape with solid lacrosse skills, the potential to contribute to the team for 4 years, and a winning attitude - accepting nothing less than perfection. You can try to walk-on to the team at any point in your 4 years at ASU.  If you’re a junior and want to tryout that’s not a problem.  With the team becoming increasingly competitive we are looking for players who will make a four year commitment.

Prior to practicing, you will need to complete some paperwork (available at orientation meetings and from team personnel).  This includes being a member of US Lacrosse which the team will handle, if you are not already a member.

You will need to provide all of your own equipment for the tryouts.  You will eventually receive a team issue helmet, gloves, arm pads and practice uniform.  We are sponsored by Nike, Champion and Warrior/Braine.  All of our practice gear is Nike and our gloves, arm pads, handles, and heads are STX.  You can use any head you want.  We wear the Cascade CPX-R helmet.

Q: How much will it cost to play?
We estimate the cost per player will be approximately $5,000.  We estimate that at approximately $3000 of this amount will come from dues charged to the players.  The balance will come from fund raising activities and the solicitation of donations.  All players are expected to participate in fund raising and donations.  Fund raising includes the sale of ads for our media guide, website and the sale of merchandise, personal donations and a couple other fund raisers to help us reach our financial goals.  ASU Men’s Lacrosse Club is an IRS 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and contributions (excluding dues) are tax deductible.

Dues are the lifeblood of this team, but we have a philosophy here that money issues should never keep anyone from playing. If you and your family have a real problem affording dues, please contact Coach Malone and we will try to work something out.

Q: Do  you recruit?
Yes.  Our coaches get out to as many high school games, recruiting camps, and tournaments as possible.  We also maintain contact with high school coaches around the country.  We don’t make every recruiting camp out there largely due to our financial resources.  We try to make as many as we can.   We want student-athletes who are: 1. academically qualified to attend ASU, 2. athletically able to contribute at the college level, 3. Have a great passion for the game, and 3. Want to be at ASU.  This is probably the most important.  We want players that want to be here and who really love the University. 

Q: What do I have to do to be eligible to play?
The SLC follows the same rules as the MCLA.  Every player must be enrolled in at least 12 credits for the spring semester, has not played 4 years of collegiate lacrosse, and has never been paid to play lacrosse.  Once, you go under 12 credits you’re ineligible and must notify the coach.  Our players have four years of eligibility in either MCLA or NCAA lacrosse.   Transfer students do not need to sit out a year before they are eligible to play.   Eligibility can be a very complicated issue. You should contact Coach Malone at  to discuss your eligibility, especially if you are a transfer student.

Q: What kind of commitment does it take to play for Arizona State?
To be a part of the ASU Men’s Lacrosse program you have to be committed, dedicated, and prepare to make sacrifices throughout the season.  The coaching staff is looking for players that are willing to do whatever it takes to be successful.  Everybody wants to win.  The question you have to ask yourself, are you willing to do what it takes to win?  With all the time that you’re going to give the team, you might as well give it everything you have.  If you’re not willing to do that, maybe ASU isn’t the place for you?   We try to set ourselves up to succeed not to fail.  The coaching staff will give you everything they have.  They will do their best to prepare the team and put them in a position to win each game.   The coaches expect the same in return from the players.

The goals we set at Arizona State are high.  We want to bring a National Championship to ASU. You wouldn't be attending or considering ASU if your goals were not equally high. In order to have a chance to achieve our goals, we have to demand a commitment from our players. 

We've found that lacrosse forces students to become more organized and learn to prioritize rather than procrastinate. Many of our student-athletes combine lacrosse with demanding courses of study like engineering or business.  The time commitment of lacrosse actually helps most in achieving their other goals.

If you’re looking for an opportunity to be a part of something special, to continue your lacrosse career at a highly competitive level, and join an amazing family then come out for what could possibly be the best experience of your life.

Q: Does ASU support the program financially?
The  University supports the program in many ways.  First, ASU allows us to be on campus.  They don’t have to if they don’t want to.  This is something we can’t take for granted.  Second, in 2008, we played 2 of our games at the Women’s Soccer Stadium.  This was the first time that has ever happened.  Third, we are allowed to use the ASU logos.  Once again, the University doesn’t have to allow us to do that.  Fourth, ASU helps out on the financial side.  This hasn’t always happened but it’s happening now and that’s a very big step in the right direction for this program.  So, as you can see the University is involved in the program in many ways and we hope to have more of their support as the years go on.

Team Information

Sun Devil Lacrosse has a rich history having been on campus since 1968. We compete for a league and National championship every year against the top MCLA programs in the nation.

Location: Tempe, Arizona
Nickname: Sun Devils
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Division Champions: 1995,1997, 2010, 2012

League: MCLA - Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association,
Conference: SLC DIvision I South

Divisional Opponents
University of Arizona
San Diego State University
Grand Canyon University
University of San Deigo

Club Sports Director: Tamra Garstka

Head Coach: Joseph Thon
Assistant Coaches: Ben Vosika, Todd MacRobbie and Ryan Spillet
Trainer: Nicole Willke and Jaime McClelland

Alumni President: John Figueroa
Player President: Logan Quinn
Vice President: Ben Martynec
Secretary: Ian Connell
Treasurer: Nick Hillier

Faculty Advisor

2014 Team Captains: Ian Connell, Logan Quinn, Justin Straker
ASU Women's Lacrosse