Syracuse, NY – Forth the 11th time since 2006, the Onondaga (NY) Lazers hoisted the NJCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship trophy. Top-seeded Onondaga edge No. 2 Nassau 11-9 at Charles R. Wilbur Field at Lazer Stadium on Saturday.
The Lazers, who have played in all but one national title game since 2006, took home their second consecutive trophy and 11th in program history. In the second lowest scoring national title game over the last nine seasons, freshman Frank Delia stood tall in net with 11 saves to guide Onondaga to the championship.
Nassau built a quick 2-0 lead over the Lazers in the first four minutes of the game, but a 5-1 run from Onondaga sparked by Russ Oakes' three scores put the top seed on top. Nassau regained the lead late in the third quarter at 8-7 but a goal with one second to play by Zach Pierce sent the game into the fourth quarter all square.
The Lazers tallied three scores in the final frame to pull away from the Lions while Delia stopped a pair of shots in the final eight minutes to seal the game.
Nassau, who has won a record 21 NJCAA men's lacrosse championships, was making its 31st overall appearance in the title game dating back to 1970.
- In an evenly played national title, both teams registered 33 total shots, but the goal totals were the lowest for both teams in the 2018 season.
- The last four national championship games have been decided by a total of six goals.
- Justin Roderka scored three goals for Nassau in a losing effort to give him six total goals in the two games of the national tournament.
- PJ Delpha, Dorian Faster, and Colton Thew were all named to the All-Tournament team for Onondaga.
- Bryadon Cresswell, Billy Kelly, and Brian Shaefer earned All-Tournament honors for Nassau.
- Austin Staats of Onondaga was named the Steve Caravana Offensive Player of the Year following the game. The sophomore scored three goals and added an assist in the national title game.
- The Steve Caravana Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Onondaga's Jerry Staats.
- Onondaga head coach Chuck Wilbur was named the NJCAA Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year.