A Message From Head Men’s Lacrosse Coach Kevin Cassese
The past 24 hours have generated a variety of emotions. First and foremost, I feel terrible for Charley Toomey, the Loyola staff, and the Loyola players. The Hounds played at a high level when they got into the Patriot League championship and it would have been a fun and competitive game today. I feel especially bad for the person who tested positive. I hope this person realizes that it could have happened to any of us at any point in time.
I also feel bad for our players and staff here at Lehigh. While we’re grateful to be able to move to the NCAA tournament, our primary role as a lacrosse program is to win the Patriot League tournament championship. The hosting of the championship in Lehigh in 2021 made it a special experience. To be freed from this experience is a hard blow to all of us. I take solace in the fact that our players and staff have done a great job this season and set an excellent record in the games we have been allowed to play. You have also done an incredible job overcoming the many challenges associated with COVID-19.
At the end of the day, I’m proud of my boys. They are real warriors. They bring passion, selflessness, discipline and tenacity into everything they do … and because of this, they earned the Patriot League AQ and been given the opportunity to compete for a national championship. We look forward to spending another week together preparing for another game. We will cherish every day and give everything we have.
Go Mountain Hawks!