1972 Men's Lacrosse
1972 Men's Lacrosse

The 1972 Boston State College Men's Lacrosse team became the first lax unit from the school to advance to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association National Tournament. The Warriors' only loss heading into the tournament was a tough 9-8 defeat to Springfield College, but the tournament bid was historic for the school. "This has to be the greatest thrill of my life," said 26-year old second-year Head Coach Gordie Webb at the time. "It's a great reward for the kids, who have worked so hard for a chance like this." Boston State would fall to Adelphi University in the first round of the tournament in Long Island, NY. The Warriors finished with an 11-2 mark, including a nine-game winning streak, with wins over such programs as Boston College, Holy Cross and Tufts University. The team's defense was suffocating, allowing four or fewer goals in all but three contests, while allowing just 4.2 scores per game. Senior attackman Frank Morgan and fellow co-captain junior midfielder Bill Rafuse were both named All-New England as well as Colonial League All-Stars, while Colonial League All-Star freshman goalie John Yeager anchored the defense with a .790 save percentage. Senior defender Frank Kelly also earned All-New England status for a team, whose margin of victory was just under seven goals per game. Members of the team included Webb, assistant coach Pat Greatorex, Charlie Ahern, Pete Banis, Mike Bottiglio, Mike Browne, Jim Caffelle, Jim Collins, Bob Connors, Joe Curley, Leo Dawson, John DeYeso, Bill Fleming, Pat Fullerton, Glenn Harrington, Steve Harris, Frank Kelly, Tom Kelly, Jim Kent, Steve Koenig, John MacLean, Jack Manning, Frank McCabe, Joe McCarthy, Gerry McClellan, Jim McLean, Bill McCormack, John Miles, Morgan, Rafuse, Jim Russell, Charlie Smith, Jay Sullivan, Jim Tighe, Mike Venezia, Lou Verocchi, Yeager and Richie Young.