The 2019 national champion Merrimack College men’s lacrosse program will throw out a ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park when the Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, July 16.
Head coach Mike Morgan and members of the coaching staff and student-athletes from the program’s second straight national title-winning campaign will take to the field for a special pre-game ceremony prior to the first pitch, which is scheduled for approximately 6:50 p.m. Merrimack fans in attendance are encouraged to take pictures near/behind home plate during the ceremony. This story will be updated to reflect ticket information as soon as possible; all fans are asked to wait to purchase tickets until that time.
The men’s lacrosse team successfully defended its national title by doubling up top-ranked and undefeated Limestone College, 16-8, in the 2019 NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse Championship on May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. The Warriors went on an unprecedented run through the national tournament as the No. 6 seed, posting three straight upset road wins to punch a return ticket to the title game for a third straight season. There, they would meet Limestone in a rematch of the 2017 national final and came out firing, building a 9-3 lead at the half, holding off the Saints in the third quarter and finally pulling away in the final frame to claim the program’s second straight national championship and fourth in school history.
That victory wrapped up a 2018-19 academic year that was rich with on-the-field and in-the-classroom success, as well an iconic moment for the history of the College. In addition to the men’s lacrosse team’s national championship, a school-record five teams won conference titles and six qualified for their respective NCAA Tournaments, as well as three individual NCAA Championship qualifiers; the athletic department also earned a second straight Northeast-10 Conference Presidents’ Cup to cap off the incredible year. Finally, Merrimack accepted an invitation to join the Northeast Conference (NEC) back in September and will begin the journey to become a full Division I institution starting with its first season of reclassification this fall.