Best Season For Every MAAC Program

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College lacrosse has a rich history, filled with endless stories and legends.

And while the game is still growing at the college level and some programs have been around way longer than others, there is a certain amount of history at every program that can be heralded. 

But what is considered the highest peak for all 75 current DI programs?

For some, the answer is very simple. But for others, the choices are endless and serious debates could be had about to determine the greatest season for that program.

Over the next few weeks, Lacrosse Bucket will be analyzing the greatest season for every team in every conference. And things continue here with the MAAC.


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Canisius (2008)

Multiple records were set during the Canisius Golden Griffins’ 2008 season, which makes it the best season in the program’s history. 

Led by a freshman Adam Jones, the 2008 Golden Griffins squad set the program record for wins in a season as they went 10-6, winning percentage(.625), won its first MAAC championship, and made the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, where they lost to Syracuse in the first round. The Griffins also rode an eight-game winning streak for a portion of that season, which has not been replicated since.

Detroit Mercy (2013)

The Titans don’t have too much history in the game yet, as the program began play in 2009. However, they have had some pretty good seasons, especially in the 2010s.

While Detroit Mercy went 5-10 during the 2013 season, it was a historic season for the Titans. They won the MAAC championship and made the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, where they gave Notre Dame some serious trouble in the first round, only losing 9-7.

Manhattan (2002)

Led by the offensive duo of Eugene Tanner and Nick Silva, the Manhattan Jaspers put together their best season in program history during the 2002 season.

The Jaspers went 11-6 overall, 7-0 in the MAAC, and won the MAAC Tournament for the first time in program history, defeating Mount St. Mary’s in the title game.They faced Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. That season still stands as the most dominant in program history.

Marist (2015)

During the 2015 season, the Marist Red Foxes Made program history with what many recognize as the best season in program history.

Marist went 14-3 overall, 6-0 in the MAAC, and won the MAAC Tournament. The Red Foxes earned the ability to host the play-in game of the NCAA Tournament, where they beat Bryant to advance to face Syracuse in the first round. 2015 marked the first time the school had ever hosted an NCAA Tournament game in any sport and only their second NCAA Tournament appearance in program history.

Monmouth (2017)

In just their fourth season as a program, the Monmouth Hawks turned heads across the nation and made history.

Led by Bryce Wasserman, Monmouth went 14-4 overall, 6-0 in the MAAC, won the MAAC Tournament, and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament, where they faced Bryant in the play-in round.

Quinnipiac (2001)

While the Bobcats made their NCAA Tournament debut in 2016, their best season in program history is arguably the 2001 season, which is back when they were an independent. 

The Bobcats went 14-2 during the 2001 season, which is still a program record for wins in a season. Their only two losses came against Stony Brook and Mount St. Mary’s. In addition to the record number of wins, the Bobcats enjoyed a 12-game winning streak to start the season. 

Siena (1979)

The Siena Saints have one of the longest lacrosse tradition of any program in the MAAC today. And while they have had some tremendous seasons in just the past few decades, the Saints’s 1979 season, in which Russ Ferris was the head coach, will always stand atop the rest.

During that 1979 season, the Saints churned our their only undefeated season in program history, going 12-0. And in addition, they defeated almost all of their opponents by close to double digits. Ualbany, Clarkson, and RPI are the only teams that gave them much trouble. 

St. Bonaventure

The Bonnies just started play in 2019 and they have yet to win a game. They went 0-13 in their inaugural season and were 0-6 at the time that the 2020 season was cancelled. They will certainly enjoy their share of victories as the program continues to develop and mature over the coming years. 

Midweek Notebook: Ohio State Dominates Detroit Mercy in Season Opener

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The Ohio State Buckeyes opened up their 2020 campaign with a very convincing, 23-9, win over Detroit Mercy inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Tuesday night.  Continue reading “Midweek Notebook: Ohio State Dominates Detroit Mercy in Season Opener”

2020 Schedule Preview: Monmouth Hawks

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The Monmouth Hawks are the 72nd DI program to release their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Hawks come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign where they went 4-8 overall and 3-4 in the MAAC, and missed the MAAC tournament for the first time since their inaugural season in 2014.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Monmouth Hawks”

2020 Schedule Preview: Quinnipiac Bobcats

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The Quinnipiac Bobcats are the 51st DI program to release their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Bobcats come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign where they went 9-7 overall,5-2 in the MAAC, and lost to Marist on the MAAC championship game.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Quinnipiac Bobcats”

2020 Schedule Preview: Canisius Golden Griffins

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The Canisius Golden Griffins are the 45th DI team to announce their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Golden Griffins come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 8-8 overall, 4-3 in in the MAAC, and loose to Marist in the MAAC semifinals. Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Canisius Golden Griffins”

2020 Schedule Preview: Detroit Mercy Titans

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The Detroit Mercy Titans are the 40th DI team to release their 2020 men’s lacrosse schedule. The Titans come into the 2020 season following a 2019 campaign in which they went 8-7 overall, 5-2 in the MAAC, and lost to Quinnipiac in the MAAC tournament semifinals.  Continue reading “2020 Schedule Preview: Detroit Mercy Titans”

Early Contenders: MAAC

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As the calendar turns to November it marks the end of fall ball and the beginning of, essentially, the pre-season for NCAA lacrosse. While it is still early and there is only so much you can take from fall ball scrimmages, let’s take a look at who some of the early contenders in each conference are. Continue reading “Early Contenders: MAAC”