The Lakers refused to go down without a fight in their National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Final Four semifinals 4-1 loss to Lynn University on Thursday, Nov. 29 in Evans, Ga.
After winning the regular season and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) playoff championship, the Lakers earned their spot in the NCAA Final Four.
The Lakers have reached NCAA tournament play four times in team history, with the most recent occurring in 2002.
Sophomore Ryan Lund recorded the only goal for the Lakers, stopping Lynn University from shutting them out.
Off a pass from sophomore teammate Dane Rimko, Lund headed a shot into the bottom left of the net.
“I just told myself out there that I am going to get my head on this ball. Dane played that ball which was a great ball. It was too late, but at least we got on the board,” Lund said in an interview with Mercyhurst Athletics.
Additionally, the Lakers managed to out-corner Lynn University 5-4 throughout the match.
Head coach Dale White is optimistic about having an even more productive season next year.
“I think we showed ourselves that we can play at this level,” said White in the same interview. “The boys were brilliant, and have been all season and worked hard as they did again today.”