Other NE-10 teams jump to Division I, but Le Moyne stays put


Sophomore Attackman Wyatt Martin plays a game of wall ball to prepare for the 2020 NCAA lacrosse season [Patrick Gilbert]

Patrick Gilbert, Staff Writer

Following the 2019 season, both Merrimack College and LIU, two national championship contenders in men’s lacrosse, moved from NCAA Division II to Division I.

“Obviously it kind of takes away from the competition of Division II lacrosse as a whole,” says Owen Rodgers, a sophomore defenseman for Le Moyne College. “The NE10 is still a strong conference even without Merrimack. There’s still Adelphi and us, we can’t take it lightly. We’re trying to win a national championship no matter who we play against.”

Merrimack will jump to Division I with two Division II national championships under their belt. LIU will do so with three. While playing in Division II, Le Moyne has captured five.

“Le Moyne College has been looking at where the right place is for us in college athletics,” says men’s lacrosse head coach Dan Sheehan. “After nearly a two-year long process, the college’s administration decided that Division II is the right place for us.”

According to Craig Lane, Assistant Athletics Director for Sports Information at Le Moyne has contemplated which NCAA Division classification it should fall under.

“Over the last 12 years there has been two different studies of what divisional classification is right for Le Moyne,” says Lane. “Both times it’s turned out that Division II is where the college should be positioned.”

Lane explains that during these studies, the college will hire a consultant who specializes in studying college sports. That consultant will then help to determine where the college should look to compete based upon their findings.

“The first [study] that we did was in the spring of 2008 and lasted all the way through the middle of February of 2010. That was a lengthy process,” says Lane. “The last [study] was from the summer of 2017 to the summer of 2018. A discernment is what they call it.”

With fall ball in full swing and the men’s lacrosse already having begun preseason training, Sheehan has become focused on making sure that his players are ready to compete at a high level come the spring.

“Where we’re at right now, it’s all about attention to details,” says Sheehan. “I think we’re good enough right now to be considered relevant in this [championship] conversation. Unless we find a way to do the little things consistently, then we’re going to find ourselves buying tickets to [the national championship].”

The Le Moyne Dolphins will look to capture their sixth NCAA Division II national championship in the upcoming 2020 collegiate lacrosse season.