Sports & Recreation / Summer 2018

A championship season for men’s and women’s lacrosse

For the first time since 2014, both the women’s and men’s lacrosse teams went to the NCAA tournament in the same season.

The men’s team defeated seventh-seeded Notre Dame in the first round on May 13 but came up short against Albany in the quarterfinals. It was a similar story with the women’s team, which advanced after beating High Point in the first round on May 11 but lost to Maryland in round two.

“It is really hard to get selected to the NCAA Tournament, and I am really proud of the team for being able to bounce back throughout the season,” Liza Kelly, head coach of the women’s team, said before the game against High Point. “We’ve had a couple of tough losses early on against some really good programs, and they didn’t give up. They kept improving, and I am really happy to see and hear them celebrate and that this team gets to continue to play.”

Later in May, men’s lacrosse faceoff specialist Trevor Baptiste earned United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association First Team All-America honors for the fourth consecutive season. Baptiste is the sixth player in the history of the award — which dates back to 1922 — to earn first-team status in all four years of his college career.

Baptiste also was named the Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin, Jr. Award winner as the most outstanding midfielder in college lacrosse.

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