Men's Lacrosse Reaches Several Firsts in Team History

Men's Lacrosse Reaches Several Firsts in Team History

In case you missed this article in the most recent issue of Currents Magazine, be sure to catch up on all the winning done on and off the field by the men's lacrosse team.

As far as Susquehanna athletics programs go, men's lacrosse is a relatively young program. The first varsity season was 2000. Compare that to the 116-year history of the football program.

Since 2000, the team has had five different head coaches, including current head coach Stewart Moan, the longest tenured coach in program history. Prior to Moan's arrival in 2008, the Crusaders had a combined record of 35-74. Since Moan has taken over, SU is 71-63 with two Landmark Conference titles – the first conference titles in program history – two NCAA Tournament appearances and three All-Americans. Those three Americans not only came in consecutive seasons (2013, 2014, 2015) but also marked the first three All-Americans in program history.

Marcus Cheatham '13 was Susquehanna first men's lacrosse All-American in 2013, followed by Austen Lein '14 in 2014, who was also the team's first-ever conference player of the year. This past spring, Kade MacGregor '16 became the first-ever junior All-American in program history. And more history was made in 2015 when Conor Boyland '15 was named a United States Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-American, the first Scholar All-American in program history.

Moan credits the recent individual success to a team that has created a culture that embraces competition.

"This is a fun game but we take our fun seriously," Moan said. "The players have really embraced the competitive environment that I promoted and they understand competition pushes them to be better. They embrace that competition rather than fear it. The consistency we've had over the past three years is hard but every class that comes in perpetuates our culture of competition."

And who has perpetuated that competitive culture? Boyland credits Moan.

"From the assistant coaches to the players, Coach Moan guided everyone down the path that would lead to the program's success," Boyland said. "If you ask any player who has played for Coach Moan what the most important part of the program is, you are guaranteed to hear 'communication.' The achievements of the program over the past three years are due to the cohesiveness of the team, which is all due to the program's communication. In the classroom and on the field, every player was able to get better and help others because of communication."