The Onondaga Community College Men’s Lacrosse team has won its 10th NJCAA National Championship. The Lazers defeated the Howard (MD) Dragons 15-14 at Murphy Field on the OCC campus. “We’ve been waiting for this game all year,” said OCC Head Coach Chuck Wilbur. “It’s the perfect ending, playing a one goal game and winning it. What a perfect way to end it after what happened last year.”
Last year the Lazers lost the national championship on their home field, falling to Genesee Community College 13-12 in the title game. Last season’s defeat coupled with this year’s victory moves the 2017 championship to the top of the list of Wilbur’s ten titles. “This is my favorite one yet because of what we went through right here in front of everybody watching us get upset on our own field and then having to come back and think about it all year. This is probably the sweetest one. The other nine teams will probably be upset for me saying that but it is.”
Following the game Wilbur was named the NJCAA Coach of the Year. OCC Goalie Riley Smith earned Best Defensive Player honors. Attackman Russ Oakes was named Best Offensive Player. Lazers named to the All-Tournament team included midfielder Larson Sundown, Defenseman Austin Robinson, and defenseman Zach Pinney.