Men’s Lacrosse Bumps Up To DI

Defender player holds ball away from Central Michigan

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 Men’s Lacrosse Club has a competitive season in the spring and unlike the women’s lacrosse club, typically did not compete in many fall pre-season tournaments, let alone host one. This year is different and for the first time, the club is hosting the Oakland Men’s Lacrosse First Annual Midwest Fall Tournament. Other collegiate level lacrosse programs around the country use these fall tournaments to not only get the flow of play going with their team and work in newer players, but to also show off their program to potential recruits. “[The tournament] opens the opportunities for potential recruits to see us, play, and talk to us about playing in the future with us” Fawaz says.
Fawaz also has hopes that this tournament will show other universities that they are “ready to make the move to DI”. He believes that “bringing people to our university is an important step in letting people know that we have a team and to gain notoriety in the association”.  In moving to D1, Fawaz wants to step up the men’s lacrosse program in every way possible.
men's lacrosse vs central michigan

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.

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