The SSU Men's Lacrosse team wrapped up their regular season on April 14 finishing with an 11-3 record overall and a perfect 6-0 in the Western Collegiate Lacrosse League (WCLL). Led by six seniors the team has qualified for WCLL Championship tournament as the #1 seed this weekend.
The six seniors are Casimir Morawski, midfield, Ryan Heidrich midfield, Josh Lucero, midfield, Matt Gillan attack Kyle Riddle attack and Brian Ponzi short stick defense. Having ended the 2012 season with a 2 overtime loss to Cal in the WCLL semifinal game, this group was determined to focus on winning their league championship while ultimately aiming for the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) National Championship.
The 2013 season started off with a win over WCLL rival, Santa Clara 17-4. The following weekend was a showdown with Cal . In a thriller, the Seawolves won 9-8 on the Bear's home field.
With a 2-0 record, the team traveled to Eugene, OR to visit the Ducks and the Beavers. In some hotly contested battles the Seawolves fell short losing 8-6 and 9-7 respectively. With just one day off before taking on #12 Texas, the Seawolves needed to regroup quickly.
Led by the return from injury of Senior Casimir Morawski and some stout defense, the team beat Texas 9-8 on the Sonoma State campus and began a streak of 9 consecutive wins. During this streak, the offense was led by seniors Matthew Gillan, Ryan Heidrich, Josh Lucero, and Kyle Riddle.
The defense was led by goalie Dylan Fanin and senior Brian Ponzi. In this streak, Sonoma scored wins over UC-Davis, Stanford, Cal-Poly, Virginia Tech, Richmond, and Pittsburgh among others.
As a result of their hard work, this team positioned themselves to receive an invitation to the MCLA National Tournament. Due to games beginning Monday May 13 in Greenville, SC the team will be leaving on Saturday. May 11.
Coach Doug Carl said the team's success was due to the hard work of the senior leadership whose freshmen year losses put the need for hard work, training and coaching into perspective. "You couldn't have a better group of students off the field as well," he said.
The Seniors voted unanimously to forego commencement ceremonies in order to be with their teammates and finish what they started. Support the seniors and the entire team by following the Seawolves on twitter, @nomalax. All the games will also be streamed live on http://mcla.us
NOTE; The Seawolves lost to the Colorado State Rams 9-4 in the quarterfinals of the National Championship tournament in Greenville, SC. SSU ended the season 13-5 with their first tournament berth since 2009.