CollegeLAX, one of the original websites dedicated to the MCLA, announced that it is shutting up shop today. After 13 years of operation, the media mogul left this message on the homepage:
“A wise man once said –‘the skill in attending a party is knowing when it’s time to leave.’ It’s time for CollegeLAX to leave the MCLA party. This wasn’t an easy decision, but all good things must end. I’d like to thank all the people who helped CollegeLAX over the years. There are way too many people to mention over the last 13 years, but I would like to acknowledge the contributions of Panchito Ojeda, Will Oakley, Will Moss, and Dave Adams. It’s been an amazing ride and I will always remember the numerous friendships I’ve made all over the country. Best of luck to everyone, on and off the field, moving forward,
Personally, this is a tough day because my very first lacrosse story was posted on CollegeLAX. Two years later I became the News Editor and worked closely with Sonny and the CollegeLAX staff. What a shame to see it end this way.
What does this mean for the MCLA?
Initially, this is a huge blow to the coverage of the MCLA. The CollegeLAX forums generated several good conversations about the MCLA and became a place for the league to unite as a whole. CollegeLAX was also one of the leaders in streaming live MCLA games online and had big plans for the future. More than 3,000 stories had been published on the site in the last two years.
Looking forward, the official website of the MCLA, MCLA.us, should now bear the responsibility of publishing news, player profiles, game recaps and press releases. I know they tried this last year, but it seems only the RMLC and a few other teams posted to the site.
CollegeLAX was a strong, neutral third-party presence in the MCLA. Hopefully other sites will fill the void.