The Central Collegiate Lacrosse Association (CCLA) of the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA) determined last spring that Oakland’s Men’s Lacrosse Club has the opportunity to move from Division II to D1.
This is due to their level of success in last year’s Division II conference. With a record of 6-5, the club decided they would move up a division. Club President, Victor Fawaz explains, “[we] made the decision to go D1 this past year, as a result of the fact that we needed to bring our team to a higher level and represent our university among the higher caliber schools”.
The tournament was a 6 Team College Lacrosse Tournament hosted on October 24th at Oakland University’s Recreation and Athletics Outdoor Complex (RAOC). The tournament hosted the following teams, Central Michigan, Western Michigan, University of Toledo, University of Michigan Dearborn, and Lourdes University (Ohio). Oakland faced stiff competition in this round-robin style tournament playing only two out of three potential games against Central and Western during the day.
This tournament gave the club an opportunity to play against teams that they will come across again in divisional play “so we will see them in the Spring”, says Fawaz.
The team practices Tuesdays and Thursdays at the RAOC and intends on preparing heavily in the winter to match up against these DI level teams once the snow begins to melt. You can follow the team as they prepare for the upcoming season on their Facebook and Twitter pages.