What's next for the lacrosse? Team looks for conference

By Michael Comodeca

Dec. 11, 2017

As fall semester comes to an end and students prepare for finals, the lacrosse team ramps up practice time in preparation for the upcoming season.

Coach Dylan Sheridan and team have two scrimmages scheduled for January with the start of the regular season following in early February.

With the start of the team’s second season approaching, questions have arisen concerning when it will become part of a conference. Although he has no timeline, it is a priority of Athletic Director Michael Thomas.

“It is difficult to provide a timeline on when we would move from independent status, though that is our goal and certainly a priority for the Viking lacrosse program,” he said.

The conversation is ongoing with possible conference partners, but Thomas does not expect an entry fee for becoming part of a conference.

“To join a conference would enhance our lacrosse brand but also provide us automatic access to the NCAA postseason which, is not a viable option as an independent,” he said.

Although the Vikings still have a chance to be named to the tournament as an at-large bid, it would be easier being part of a conference. The team has its schedule set-up to play their way into an at-large bid with the opponents scheduled.

The Vikings have a very tough schedule this season, they open up the slate of games against Ohio State Buckeyes and Michigan Wolverines. They continue against teams such as the Air Force Fighting Falcons, the Denver Pioneers, the Duke Blue Devils, the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Robert Morris Colonials. That schedule alone, if Cleveland State wins the games in front of them, would be enough to get an at-large. However, until they get into to conference, it is tough road for the team.

Will they find a home in a conference? Yes. When? No one knows, but until then, the Vikings lacrosse team is without a home.



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