May 11, 2017
At a time when Collegiate Club Sports have become increasingly competitive, the West Chester University's Men's Lacrosse Club Sport team brought home an historic win for the second time during the National Collegiate Lacrosse League Championships held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD on Sunday, May 7. The Rams became two- time Division II national champions after defeating Kutztown University; the team secured its first national championship win in 2013.
The Rams beat Stevens University 13-9 in the quarter final, and Catholic University 8-5 in the Semifinal before winning the championship against Kutztown 14-9. The Rams also received the Team of the Year Award for posting a 20-1 record and ending their season on a 17 game win streak.
WCU junior Matthew Minner, one of the Rams' top defensive players, also received recognition from the NCLL as Tournament MVP.
"This is the second time that WCU's Men's Lacrosse Club Sport 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, but not at the intercollegiate level. The Club Sports program at West Chester University strives to encourage participation, socialization and competition of student- organized sports clubs to create added experiences that enhance physical fitness and foster a spirit of competition. By participating in club sports, students develop life skills such as organization, work ethic and communication all within a club/team environment.