Onondaga Community College’s Men’s Lacrosse Team won the 2015 NJCAA National Championship May 10, defeating the Community College of Baltimore County at Essex 16-8.
“I’m excited for the kids,” said head coach Chuck Wilbur. “You see 47 kids come together at the start of the season and it’s very rewarding to see how far they come and watch them celebrate something they dreamed of.”
Freshman goalie Holden McDonald (St. Mary’s High School, Toronto) had 13 saves in the championship game and was named Tournament Defensive MVP. Freshman attackman Matt Bennett (Lafayette High School) had three goals and one assist, earning Offensive MVP honors.
The win continues the Lazers decade of dominance and the growing list of impressive statistics which go along with it:
- Perfect 18-0 record this season
- Outscored opponents 448-56 this season
- 105 wins in a row
- 7 consecutive national titles
- 9 national titles in the last 10 years
With all of the wins and championships comes expectations for more wins and championships. “It’s good pressure. It means you’re having success. It’s the type of pressure you want in life,” said Wilbur.
Jack Centore, a freshman Business Administration major from Westhill High School, says it’s important for OCC to keep winning. “We’re playing for our teammates but we’re also playing for everyone who came before us. We want to keep the tradition going,” he said.
Chandler Allen, is a sophomore Business Administration major from London, Ontario. He now has two national championships to cherish. “I feel like this one was very satisfying the way everyone was working together whether they were on the field or on the sideline,” he said.
The Lazers’ athletics program has now earned a total of 13 national championships in Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Lacrosse, Men’s Tennis and Men’s Basketball.