The Grove City College men’s lacrosse club team was awarded the sixth seed in the upcoming Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) National Championship Tournament. This is the highest seed that Grove City College has been awarded in the history of the program (last year the team was ranked 12th in the tournament).
The Wolverines will play their first-round game at 2 p.m. (EST) Monday, May 12, against the Western Washington University Vikings. The first round and quarterfinal games will be played on the campus of University of California-Irvine. The semifinals and championship will be played at Ernie Chapman Stadium on the campus of Chapman University, Irvine.
The Wolverines are led by first-year head coach Daniel Carson. Carson was an assistant lacrosse coach at Ohio Valley University, (W. Va.), while working on his master of education degree. Grove City will take 23 players and three coaches, Bill Sigmund ’12 and Zach Jew ’11, to California.
"This year’s team is the most resilient group I have ever been a part of; there has not been any deficit that we have not been able to overcome,” Carson said. “In both of our overtime games this season, we had come back from up to four goals down to win the game in the end. I have been blessed to coach young men with such strong commitments to their faith and their team. Receiving the sixth seed in the MCLA National Tournament is a great honor and one that I firmly believe these young men have earned, but seeding doesn't win games and we can't wait to strap up the pads and make our run at the National Championship."
Grove City has wins over then-#1 St. Johns (Minn.); current #2, then-#5 Elon University (N.C.) and current #10 Florida Gulf Coast University.
A live feed of the game is available at www.mcla.us on Monday. Anyone interested in attending can obtain tickets at mclachampionships.ticketleap.com.