The Onondaga Community College Men’s Lacrosse team captured its 12th national championship, defeating Nassau Community College 7-6 in overtime Sunday, May 19. The game was played at Genesee Community College in Batavia, NY.
The Lazers trailed 6-5 late in the 4th quarter when sophomore Kyle Worsley (South Carroll HS, Mt. Airy, MD) tied the game with a between-the-legs shot with :43 seconds left in regulation. Percy Booth (LaFayette HS) scored the game winner with :17 seconds left in the first overtime period.
During championship weekend the Lazers avenged their two regular season losses. On March 9, OCC was defeated by Nassau 12-4. On March 2, the Lazers lost to Harford Community College 12-8. OCC defeated Harford in the national semifinals on Saturday and Nassau in the national championship game Sunday. “The road to redemption. It doesn’t get any better than this. It’s as storybook as it gets,” said head coach Eric Miccio. “After our first lost to Nassau we just grew and got better as time went on.”
Sunday’s win marked the first coaching national championship for Miccio who succeeded Chuck Wilbur. Miccio won two national championships under Wilbur as a player at OCC in 2009 and 2010. He also won a New York State Championship at West Genesee in 2008.
OCC sophomore goaltender Frank Delia (Baldwinsville HS) was named the National Defensive Player of the Year after stopping 19 of 25 shots in the championship game. “Last year winning the national championship was great. This year as a sophomore I was a leader. It was my year to do it. I grew a lot over the season and spent this past weekend with some of the greatest kids I’ve ever met. It was truly the best moment of my OCC career.”
Here’s a look at the Lazers victory by the numbers:
- This is the Lazers 3rd consecutive national championship.
- This is the Men’s Lacrosse program’s 12th national championship.
- This is the Lazers athletic program’s 16th national championship overall. The list includes 12 in Men’s Lacrosse, 2 in Women’s Lacrosse, 1 in Men’s Tennis and 1 in Men’s Basketball.