Coast Guard, Morgan State Join for Game, Diversity Event

New London, Conn The Coast Guard Academy men's lacrosse team has partnered with the Morgan State University men's lacrosse team to put together a fall ball scrimmage event. "Bears Lacrosse Showcase and Diversity Open House" will take place Sunday, October 24th at Mergenthaler Vocational Technical High School in Baltimore. The clinic will begin at 12:00 p.m. with game faceoff at 2:00 p.m.

The goals of the event are to showcase the two lacrosse programs and to celebrate diversity in the sport of lacrosse. Highlights will include a clinic for local U.S. Lacrosse BRIDGE (Building Relationships to Initiate Diversity Growth and Enrichment) affiliates, a Coast Guard recruiting and information booth and, weather permitting, a fly-in and static display by a Coast Guard helicopter.

Morgan State has a rich lacrosse history and tradition that has been vital to the growth and diversity of the game. It was the first and, for a long time, the only historically black college or university to field a lacrosse team. The success of their dominant Division 2 teams of the 1970s was chronicled in the book Ten Bears.

During that era, Morgan State made the NCAA tournament twice and, in 1975, pulled off one of the great upsets in lacrosse history when they beat then-No. 1 ranked Washington & Lee. Today, Morgan State competes in the Chesapeake Division of the National Collegiate Lacrosse League (NCLL) against club teams from Navy, Towson, Washington College, Salisbury, Loyola, Johns Hopkins, and Delaware.

The Coast Guard Academy program has been around since 1984 and competes at the Division 2 level of the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League (PCLL) against Briarcliffe, Bridgewater State, Central Connecticut, the University of New Haven, Stonehill, Southern Connecticut, and Worcester Polytechnic. The PCLL is affiliated with the Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association (MCLA), the governing body for 10 conferences and 213 teams across the country.

The Coast Guard team hopes to further the diversity goals of the Coast Guard through the sport of lacrosse by increasing awareness among African-Americans of the career and education opportunities in our service, including the Coast Guard Academy itself and other Coast Guard civilian, active duty, and reserve jobs.

2010-10-19



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