At a time when Collegiate Club Sports have become increasingly competitive, West Chester University’s men’s lacrosse club team captured a historic title at the National Collegiate Lacrosse League Championships, held last week at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
With a victory over Kutztown, the Rams became two-time Division II national champions. They secured their first crown in 2013.
WCU beat Stevens Tech (N.J.), 13-9, in the quarterfinal and Catholic University (Washington, D.C.), 8-5, in the semifinal before winning the final against Kutztown, 14-9. The Rams also received the Team of the Year Award for posting a 20-1 record and ending their season with a 17-game winning streak.
Junior Matthew Minner, one of WCU’s top defensive players, also received recognition from the NCLL as Tournament MVP.
“This is the second time that WCU’s men’s lacrosse club team has won a national championship,” said Mike Reno, Assistant Director of Intramural Sports and Club Sports. “This is a remarkable accomplishment. All of us are very proud of the team and the effort that they have put forth all season.”
A competitive club sport provides students the opportunity to compete at a higher level than intramural sports. The Club Sports program at WCU strives to encourage participation, socialization, and competition in order to create added experiences that enhance physical fitness and foster a spirit of competition.