The National Women's Lacrosse League (NWLL) was formed in 2010 and founded by Matt Green, a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Shorter University. The NWLL includes charter members Shorter University, Indiana Tech, Robert Morris University (Ill.), Missouri Baptist University, Reinhardt University and Tennessee Wesleyan College. In 2012, the League was expanded to 11 member institutions, with Aquinas College, Davenport University, Midland University, SCAD-Savannah and Siena Heights University (Mich.) gaining membership.
The NWLL was again expanded prior to the 2013 season, with the additions of Emmanuel College (Ga.), Lindenwood-Belleville, the University of Pikeville and St. Andrews University (N.C.). The expansion to 15 members resulted in the formation of four conferences, two of which are sanctioned NAIA conferences: the Appalachian Athletic Conference, the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, the South Region and the West Region.
Green served as the NWLL's first Commissioner during the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He stepped down from the Commissioner's role in September 2012 whereupon John McCarthy was appointed the NWLL's second Commissioner. Also in 2012 the league hired it's first Sports Information Director, Amanda Haarberg.
Indiana Tech captured the first-ever NWLL Tournament championship on April 23, 2011. The second-seeded Warriors upset top-seed Tennessee Wesleyan, 15-10, in the championship game held on the campus of Shorter University in Rome, Ga. Shorter University beat Missouri Baptist 18-17 in the third place game.
The National Women’s Lacrosse League (NWLL) has announced Lindenwood University – Belleville as the host site for the league's second National Championship. The women’s lacrosse Quarterfinals, Semifinals, and National Championship games are scheduled to take place April 18-20th with times to be set at a later date.