The Onondaga Community College men’s lacrosse team just won their sixth straight NJCAA Lacrosse Title. The Lazers knocked off Nassau Community College 12-7 to take the title, but the game was a lot closer than the 5-goal final margin might indicate. This was OCC’s 87th straight win, and they have now won an absurd 8 of the last 9 national titles. Talk about a dynasty!
OCC went up 3-1 in the first quarter, and that small lead waxed and waned as the game went on. With the score still tight at 8-6, OCC put in a couple goals to push the lead to 12-6, before NCC got a late goal. Both goalies played exceptional games in net, and Warren Hill’s presence in between the pipes definitely impacted Nassau’s shooting from outside.
The Nassau defense was tasked with a tall order, but the poles and short stick D-mids did well to limit OCC’s chance through the majority of four quarters. OCC got some key goals in transition, whereas Nassau seemed content to slow it down, and grind out possessions, rarely pushing the ball through the midfield. This approach worked for a while, and also resulted in OCC’s smallest margin of victory all year (the second lowest margin was 8 goals).
In the end, Vaughn Harris (2 goal, 1 assist, offensive tourney MVP), Nick Garbarino (five goals!), Tim Barber (2 goals, 3 assists, huge game), Warren Hill (17 saves), and the OCC defense were just too much for Nassau. Shane DeBoer had a big day for NCC, scoring 3 goals, and Jake Siciliano was electric at times in net, making 12 hard earned saves.