PUBLISHED ON 26 Dec 2020 by Tanner Demling (LacrosseBucket)
Photo Courtesy of Washington & Lee Archives
Since the inaugural NCAA Tournament in 1971, a total of 25 programs have ever had the pleasure of competing in, at least, the semifinals. Furthermore, only 11 of those programs have come out on top and been crowned champions at the DI level.
But even in a sport where just a few have dominated, the story of the underdog is one that certainly persists in the minds of many. And while the underdog may not always be the one who comes out on top in May, the underdog has had success and found ways to knock off a Goliath every once in a while. And no matter what kind of implications the win has, if any, it will always be remembered as a slaying of a giant.
And while there is, admittedly, some recency bias in these rankings, here is a look at 15 of the biggest upsets in the history of college lacrosse:
Detroit Mercy 9, Ohio State 8 (2015 Regular Season)
After not having a winning game in their first six seasons, Chris Kolon took over the reigns of the program after being promoted to head coach. And in his head coaching debut the Titans pulled together one of their best wins in program history, which helped propel them to their first winning season (8-6). Led by a balanced offensive attack and a 14-save performance from Jason Weber, the Titans warded off a late-game comeback from the Buckeyes and secured the 9-8 victory. Ohio State came into the game receiving top-20 votes and finished in the NCAA Quarterf…(Read More)