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NCAA Div II Lacrosse: The “2013 NCAA Div II Men’s Lacrosse Championships” Successful Expansion To Eight Teams Reflects “Growth Of Game At Youth And Prep Levels” That Sent A “Higher Number Of Quality Student-Athletes” To Colleges
“The expansion of the D-II tournament was obviously a success, but why? At its core, the growth of the game at the youth and prep levels has sent a higher amount of quality student-athletes to more and more schools, and the second division has certainly reaped the benefits of it. That’s looking at it more from a macro level, however.”
“It not only allowed D-II to send its best teams to the tournament in the first year of expansion, but still kept the door wide open for callow programs in the traditional south to progress toward the ultimate goal. When we look back in a decade about the impact of last year’s expansion, it might be less about the fantastic games themselves and more about what it did for the division as a whole.”
When the first-ever Division II quarterfinal games were winding down on May 11, the last question I had about the viability of the second division’s expansion to eight teams was being answered.
I was always for the expansion. That’s not exactly an edgy position – I don’t think I’ve met anyone who isn’t in favor of expanding NCAA lacrosse brackets, regardless of the division. Perhaps a better way to phrase it is I always felt D-II had earned expansion. While the number of sponsored programs didn’t necessarily mandate a larger draw by the NCAA’s math, lacrosse’s middle child deserved to have more than 10 percent of its members represented in a grand total of three postseason games.
My one concern was whether the eight teams would be on roughly the same level or would there be this clear and present gap between both the top and lower seeds. And would the talent divide between traditional powers and emerging programs remain uneven.
Fortunately, the postmortem of the first round showed my fears were unfounded. Two of the games were decided by three goals and two others – including No. 1 south seed Mercyhurst against No. 4 Lake Erie – needed overtime to be settled. Not only did these results, along with the fantastic semifinals and finals that were cumulatively decided by a total of five goals, confirm D-II’s ability to sustain a larger tourney, but even raised the specter of the “P” word.
“What you saw in Division II this year is what you kind of what you see in other divisions as far as the parity,” said Le Moyne head coach Dan Sheehan, who won his fourth crown in ’13. “We were three goals away from going undefeated and probably one goal away from missing the tournament. That shows you that it’s not only at the Division I level that the parity is happening.”
“Lacrosse Magazine July 2013” Issue Released Featuring Duke Men’s Lacrosse Faceoff Specialist Brendan Fowler, North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse And 2013 NCAA Championship Coverage
NCAA Lacrosse: “Disturbing Trend” Of Declining Attendance At NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship Weekend To Be Addressed By IMLCA Coaches; 44% Drop From 2007 To 2013 Attendance Of 56,668
Duke comes back from 6-1 deficit to defeat Syracuse 16-10 and win the 2013 Division 1 lacrosse championship behind a dominant faceoff effort by Brandon Fowler.. RHS Productions
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“2013 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Div II Tournament”: Video Highlights Of #3 Le Moyne Men’s Lacrosse 11-10 Win Over #1 Mercyhurst On May 26 To Win Their Fourth National Lacrosse Championship
Championship Most Outstanding Player Jeff White (Buffalo, N.Y./Canisius HS) made 13 saves to lead the third-ranked Le Moyne College men’s lacrosse team to the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championship with an 11-10 victory over top-ranked Mercyhurst University on Sunday afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field. The Dolphins won their last 10 games of the season to claim the program’s fourth national championship and their second in two appearances at Lincoln Financial Field (2006).
Le Moyne finishes the season with a record of 18-2, which ties the 2006 squad for the most victories by a Division II national champion. In each of Le Moyne’s three NCAA tournament victories, junior midfielder Andrew Chadderdon (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn) scored the game-winning goal.
Le Moyne, which previously won national championships in 2004 (11-10 over Limestone), 2006 (12-5 over Dowling) and 2007 (6-5 over Mercyhurst), got on the scoreboard off the opening face-off. Junior face-off specialist Cameron Fedish (Binghamton, N.Y./Chenango Valley) picked up the ground ball and sent a pass to graduate student short-stick defensive midfielder Aaron Cahill (Schenectady, N.Y./Guilderland/Onondaga C.C.), who raced in to score his seventh goal of the season just 12 seconds into the game.
After Mercyhurst (18-1) caused a turnover, the Lakers evened the score at one apiece with 10:52 remaining as Deven Alves, who scored the game-winning goal in overtime last Saturday against Limestone College to push the Lakers into the title game, found the back of the net off a feed from James Chayka. Just 36 seconds later, Chayka tallied his 27th goal of the season to give Mercyhurst a 2-1 lead.