Huge congratulations to Stevenson!!! Very proud of one of our newer MAC members!!! Yes, congrats, but I hope to see a Midwest team win it all one day
Denison has advanced to the Final Four twice. I'm at the age when you remember something you used to know more often than you learn something new.
What I really understand about lacrosse I've learned over the last 9-10 years from watching the team my sister-in-law coaches at Middlebury, but I did briefly follow the Midd men's team via some news clippings a friend would send me when I wasn't living in the area. The Midd men's team won the D3 championship in 2000, 2001 and 2002. Denison played them in regular season games in 1998, 1999 and 2000. The team that won the title in 2000 beat Denison 17-9. A Midd team that would lose in the NCAA quarterfinals in 1998 beat Denison 10-9 and in 1999 Midd won the match-up 11-9. Both of those teams went to the Final Four that season. Middlebury lost in the championship game.
Besides pointing out what I used to know
, that Denison has played serious men's lacrosse for quite a while (Denison's present lacrosse coach of 19 seasons only ranks 2nd in wins in that sport at the school), what these teams did this season without earning an NCAA tourney bid is evidence that the field must look to expand. Both teams were ranked during the season. Denison at least as high as 14th at one point and Middlebury 8th. Denison was upset by Ohio Wesleyan in the NCAC tourney. Middlebury was upset by #14 Wesleyan in the NESCAC tourney. Neither team, both with rich lacrosse heritages, was given an at-large bid. It would be understandable if every slot was occupied by a competitive team but there were 4-5 games that resulted in ridiculously lopsided scores. Conference champions who will never get past the first round. Also, the field was not even 32 teams. 3 teams were given 1st round byes. And I am just speaking as a Middlebury fan replying to a poster from the Midwest. You can be sure that there were many other teams who could have gone far into the tourney left out as well. It's time to expand the tournament field.