BOSTON – Headlined by recent graduate and team captain Michael O’Connell throwing out the ceremonial first pitch, the Merrimack College men’s lacrosse program was honored by the Boston Red Sox for the second straight season on Tuesday night at Fenway Park during a special pregame ceremony.
The festivities commemorated the Warriors’ second consecutive national championship this past spring, when Merrimack took down top overall seed and previously undefeated Limestone College, 16-8, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa.
“Last night was another unforgettable experience for our program, and a testament to the hard work and dedication our guys put in this past spring to bring another national title back to Merrimack,” stated head coach Mike Morgan. “We’re incredibly honored and thankful to the Red Sox organization to have us back at Fenway Park once more. It was another amazing night for our players and staff.”
The majority of the 2019 team, coaches and support staff were on hand for the game Tuesday night as the Red Sox faced the Toronto Blue Jays. The Warriors were recognized before the game for their accomplishments – becoming the fourth team in the last 20 years to repeat as national champions – and the entire team joined O’Connell behind the mound as he tossed the opening pitch.
Defending its 2018 national title, the men’s lacrosse program on a bow not only on its only Division II era but for all the athletics department by claiming another crown. The Warriors’ 2019 run was unprecedented, topping the East Region’s top three seeds on the road as the No. 6 seed just to advance to the national championship game. Merrimack closed the year with 17 total victories, the second most in school history and fourth straight year for the program with at least 15 wins.
In addition to the national championship, the Merrimack Athletics Department also enjoyed a banner year which saw the Warriors repeat as the Northeast-10 Conference’s President’s Cup victors. Merrimack had five teams claim conference titles – including a school-record four tournament victories – while six total teams reached the NCAA Tournament as well as three individual qualifiers.