For what its worth, our California team played all 3 of BLC, VLC and NL. This 2026 only. Based only on our games against those opponents (and not looking at other results from other tournaments), it certainly appeared that BLC and VLC were both on a higher level than NL. Maybe NL did not have all their kids or had an off day, but it did seem that NL would really struggle to compete with either VLC or BLC. I have no dog in the hunt and have no knowledge of the politics of MD club lacrosse....just an outsiders opinion.
NL does have a solid squad with a bunch of good players so not saying anything negative about that team or program. Certainly a worthy opponent.