This week’s JuCo Report is focused on old school Onondaga Lacrosse, and nothing else. We’ll get back to all the interviews, polls, photos, videos, and more next week, because today we’re pausing to take a look at the last six seasons of OCC lacrosse, all of which have resulted in national titles.
Why are we doing this? To give the rest of the NJCAA programs out there the EXTRA thirst to knock off OCC. While I’m a big fan of Coach Wilbur and the Lazers, I also want to see them tested, or even bested, because THAT IS WHAT LACROSSE IS ALL ABOUT. Essex kept it close last week, so it’s something to look for!
Let the following serve as motivation. It’s not a slap in the face either. There is nothing but respect here!
Old School Onondaga 2009
OCC went 16-0 in 2009, but they needed two one-goal wins over Nassau in the regular season and National Championship game to stay perfect. The first was a 10-9 win at home, and the second was played at Herkimer CC. Outside of NCC, their closest game was a 23-14 win over Monroe, who finished the year at 14-5.
Old School Onondaga 2010
In 2010, OCC repeated as champs, but dropped two games early on to start out 3-2. The Lazers then put up 14 straight wins to take the title. In the regular season they lost to Essex 22-19, and Nassau 12-11. In the playoffs they beat Nassau 17-14 in the semifinals and took down Essex 17-4 in the finals. 17. to 4. In the Finals. And a dominant program was truly born.
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Old School Onondaga 2011
In 2011, OCC extended their current 12 game winning streak by another 19 games, to move it up to 31 games. They also won a national championship. That’s kind of important. The title game was a 12-9 win over Essex, but their tightest game of the year was a 13-12 win over Army Prep. Not an official NJCAA game, but who cares? It’s a good one, so I’m counting it!
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Old School Onondaga 2012
2012 was another 19-0 year, but this was a little different from 2011, as no team came closer than 9 goals to the Lazers. Genesee and Nassau came the closest, and did so in the playoffs, but this year was all Onondaga. The win streak was now at 50 games.
Old School Onondaga 2013
2013 saw another undefeated season, and OCC had moved their all-time consecutive win mark up to 68 games with an 18-0 season. Early on, it was blow out city, but Genesee, Essex, and Nassau all tested OCC in the last three games of the season for the Lazers. The 2013 final was a thrilling 15-11 win for OCC over Nassau. I saw this one in person, and it was a great game! Randy Staats was thrilling on the field and OCC scored some ridiculous goals.
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Old School Onondaga 2014
In 2014, OCC went 17-0, winning a sixth straight national title in NJCAA Men’s Lacrosse, and pushing their consecutive win mark to an astounding 85 games. Unreal. The regular season was dominant, but Nassau gave the Lazers a good game, falling 12-7 in the title game. Warren Hill was truly outstanding in net for the Lazers.
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New School Onondaga 2015
OCC is currently 5-0, but they just played Essex to an 11-6 win! THERE IS STILL HOPE! Essex came in at number 3 in the polls, so this might be the closest game of the year for OCC, but they have a good Genesee team up next, and will very likely see Nassau in the playoffs, if it comes to that, which it likely will, at least if history is any sort of predictor.
I don’t think we’ll see another close game for OCC until the playoffs, so the streak of 90 wins could increase by another 8 games pretty easily, but this could also the year they drop a game… so make SURE you keep a keen eye on JuCo lacrosse the rest of the way in 2015!