SJU lacrosse season ends; CSB lacrosse starts tourney play May 10

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May 9, 2018

The Saint John’s University club lacrosse team had its season end in the 16-team MCLA Division II national tournament in Salt Lake City with a 11-9 loss to Grand Valley State University Tuesday, May 8.

Meanwhile, the College of Saint Benedict club lacrosse team was about to start the 2018 WCLA Division II national tournament in Round Rock, Texas.

The Johnnies trailed Grand Valley 8-1 at halftime, but put on a second-half spurt to close the gap. But they couldn’t overcome the halftime deficit, and saw their season end with a 10-6 overall record. Grand Valley State improved to 8-4 overall.

The Johnnies were playing in their 13th national tournament. They played in 11 straight national meets from 2005-15, missed the tournament in 2016 and played in the last two, posting a 17-13 overall record in the tournament.

CSB’s club team was preparing to play in the 12-team Division II tournament. Pool play begins Thursday, May 10, with CSB receiving the No. 11 seed.

CSB faces No. 2 Loyola University of Maryland (10-3 overall), the No. 2 seed, at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, then plays No. 7 New Hampshire (10-1) at 10 a.m. Friday, May 11.

The tournament runs through Sunday, May 13.

Earlier in the week, the CSB softball team and the SJU golf team qualified for their respective national tournaments on May 7.

  • CSB (34-8 overall) is advancing to the national softball tournament for the first time since 1994, and will face Cornell College (26-19 overall) at 2:30 p.m. Friday, May 11, as part of the four-team Luther Regional in Decorah, Iowa.

The double-elimination tournament opens with Lake Forest (29-11) facing host Luther College (35-8 overall) at noon May 11. The regional runs through Sunday, May 13.

  • The No. 11/12 Saint John’s golf received one of seven Pool C at-large berths to the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship, which will be held May 15-18 at Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina.

The national tournament appearance is SJU’s 16th since 2000. The Johnnies have 14 top-15 finishes, including 11 in the top 10. SJU won back-to-back national championships in 2007 and 2008.