HICKORY, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - In the past when you thought of Lenoir-Rhyne athletics, men’s lacrosse didn’t come to mind. However, head coach Greg Paradine has changed that.
“It really all started with those first two classes,” said Paradine. “Those were the guys that took the level of competition, and competing to the next level."
The Bears went from winning just 4 games in a season, to winning their first NCAA DII tournament game while capturing for SAC regular season title along the way.
"It's pretty cool to be here and be a part of a team that's gone this far,” said senior midfielder Ben Corrigan.
The team made the dance for the first time in 2017, but their excitement quickly vanished when they lost their first game to Tampa.
"We were all just excited to be there and this year we actually knew that we could win a national championship,” said senior midfielder Collin Lett. “We showed that last week and we're all just pretty confident, and we feel we can make a run."
With that confidence the team prepare to host Saint Leo on Sunday with a trip to the title game on the line.