RIT Men's lacrosse ready to put NCAA woes behind them

Tigers playing in the Elite 8 for the 5th time in six years

Rochester -
Few teams have accomplished what the RIT Men's Lacrosse team has since 2009.
 
Over the last eight seasons, the Tigers have won 145 games, 8 straight conference championships and made 4 appearances to the final four but their just one thing missing.
 
"We're looking for our first national championship," said head coach Jake Coon.
 
"It's an NCAA championship," added Nick Nesbitt
 
"A national championship," said Chad LeVick.
 
"Defiantly a national championship is the only thing missing," smiled Ryan Lee. 
 
It's the elephant in the room. RIT's struggles in the NCAA tournament. A D3 national powerhouse but have struggle to get over the hump and capture that elusive title, which is constantly on their mind. 
 
 "We're always thinking we have the talent, we have the work ethic, we have the systems, the coaches, like everything is there. Its just about coming together at the right time and finishing it off," said their senior goalie. 
 
The Tigers tasted the final back in 2013 but lost by two goals, now with fifteen seniors, Levick says this team has a will to win unlike he's seen before.
 
"A lot of us have played significant minutes in these big games so I think those heartbreaking loses and stuff like that have prepared us."
 
Instead of hiding from their woes the Tigers are trying to learn from the haunting losses. This year RIT says their more prepared then ever heading into the quarterfinals because of their past failures. 
 
"I was talking to coach Coon the other day and I said it seems like we've been practicing three years for this one year because we haven't won it yet," explained Lee.
 
With all of coach Coon's success at RIT he's had to answer the same question for the last eight years. Is this the season you finally get it done? He says he's not annoyed or frustrated by the question and is proud of what his program has accomplished. 
 
"Certainly there's pressure there. Pressure mounts with the guys but how you handle it will be key but this time of year everybody's tough," added Coon.
 
RIT is now three wins away from getting the monkey off their back and finally filling in the final spot in their trophy case. 

 


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