LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 5/26/12
From Press Release
The Dowling Golden Lions Men’s Lacrosse team spent its first day at the NCAA Division II Lacrosse National Championships in Boston on Friday. The championship game vs. Limestone is being held at Foxboro, Mass. on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Following a team breakfast and a morning game film session, the Golden Lions hopped on the bus and headed to Harvard University for their two hour practice session.
“Practice at Harvard was the first thing that really felt like we are actually here and really playing for a National Championship. Going out there and getting to practice got some of the jitters out and put us more at ease,” stated sophomore Dylan Hopkins.
After the boys hit the showers, it was on the bus again this time to Gillette Stadium, home to the NFL’s New England Patriots, and the site of Sunday’s Championship game. Prior to entering the stadium, the players were part of an autograph session at the LaXperience Fan Fest that featured all teams competing for the National Championship. The Golden Lions signed their head shots and took photos with over 200 kids.
Senior Ryan Waibel said, “It was great to see so many people out to support what we love to do and to get a chance to meet the kids that look up to us as student athletes.”
Wrapping up the day, the Golden Lions finally were able to catch a glimpse of the field that they will face off against Limestone Sunday at 1:00 PM. Dowling was then joined by Limestone along with the Division III finalists, Salisbury and Cortland, for a dinner provided by the NCAA which featured a speech by former Duke Lacrosse player Zack Greer.
“Having an opportunity listen to listen to Zack Greer was amazing. It was great to hear him speak about his experience being a three time participant in this event. He mentioned a lot the same things we as a team talk about and believe that will help us be,” said senior John Amato.