Lacrosse Club Captures Another Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association National Championship

The St. Thomas Lacrosse Club won its third Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association Division II national championship in the past four years with a one-point win over Grand Valley State May 19.

Peter Moosbrugger

The Tommies won 9-8 with the help of a defense that held its ground as Grand Valley State outshot the Tommies 8-0 in the final quarter but could not score.

In the semifinals, the Tommies defeated Dayton, 14-13, with Ryan Zeilinger stopping a shot as time expired to clinch the win. In the first two rounds of the tournament the Tommies defeated Western Oregon, 11- 6, and North Dakota State, 10-7.

The Tommies finished the season with a 17-1 record, losing only to St. John’s University, 7-6, in divisional play April 14. Two weeks later, however, the Tommies knocked the Johnnies out of the MCLA playoffs, winning 10-8.

The team is coached by Peter Moosbrugger.

The Tommies 2012 schedule, including scores of all games, can be viewed here. The team’s website includes a video of the national championship game.