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Throwback Thursday: The Morgan State Lacrosse Story

As the only HBCU to play NCAA lacrosse, the Morgan State lacrosse story is a historic movement worth revisiting on the 35th anniversary of beating #1 Washington & Lee.

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The history of lacrosse at Morgan State University has been an extremely dynamic one to say the least. From the program’s historic wins, to the loss of a team, to the rebirth of a dream, the Morgan State lacrosse story is one to listen to. To this day, Morgan State remains the only Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) school to ever play NCAA lacrosse.

From 1970-1981, Morgan State lacrosse was a power and had notable program wins over Georgetown, Notre Dame and many other elite level Division 1 programs, though only making it to the Division II playoffs twice to lose in the first round on both occasions. During some of the peak years for social tension surrounding the program, Dr. Miles Harrison, father of Kyle, was even proud to play lacrosse for the Morgan Bears.

Now we celebrate the 35th anniversary of their most famous of wins when in 1975 when the Bears took down the #1 ranked Washington & Lee powerhouse who had not lost a game in two seasons, 10-9. I urge you to check out the New York Times 1990 piece on this historic program that helped to rewrite sports history.

There’s no better time than the beginning of lacrosse season and Black History Month to take a look back at the lacrosse team that was changing the world.

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It was incredible to see ESPN cover the historic Morgan State Story on SportsCenter.

As of recent years, the team as been playing in the NCLL and attempting to gain footing for the movement to get their NCAA Division 1 program back. According to, the Bears kick off their season February 28th at Washington College.

Morgan State is also slated to play two other HBCU schools in 2015, UMES and Howard.

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