The RIT men’s lacrosse team (19-3) led 13-10 heading into the fourth quarter, but could not hold on, losing to Stevenson University (22-2) 16-14 in the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship from Lincoln Financial Field in front of 25,211 fans on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Sophomore Kyle Aquin (Hamilton, Ontario/St. Jean De Brebeuf) tied the NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship Game record by scoring a career-high seven goals. He matched the mark set by Salisbury’s Sam Bradman in 2011.
RIT trailed 5-0 just 5:37 into the contest, and 6-1 after the first quarter, but stormed back, scoring five in the second and seven in the third, out-scoring the Mustangs 12-4 over that span to take a 13-10 lead into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for RIT, Stevenson scored five straight goals in span of 2:27 early in the fourth quarter, than hang on late to win its first Division III National Championship.
“I’m extremely proud of the entire team,” said Head Coach Jake Coon. “They battled the whole game, and we were in it right to the end.”
Aquin led RIT with seven goals, while Eddie Kiesa (Syracuse, NY/Jamesville-Dewitt) had six points on two goals and four assists. Allister Warren (Toronto, Ontario/Malvern Collegiate Institute) had three goals, while Brad Gillies (Oakville, Ontario/St. Thomas Aquinas) had a pair of assists. Pat Johnston (Norwell, MA/Norwell) took the loss in net, making 11 saves.