Harford Community College Claims First-Ever NJCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship


The Fighting Owls ecstatically raise their first ever championship trophy. (Credit: Harford County Community College)

HARFORD COUNTY - In a triumphant win for the Harford Community College Fighting Owls, the team secured a 13-8 victory over Nassau Community College Lions to clinch their first-ever NJCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship.

The thrilling match occurred at Harford's Sports Complex on May 14, where the Fighting Owls were awarded their long-awaited championship trophy.

Harford Community College was selected as the venue for the 2023 NJCAA Men's Lacrosse National Championship, a collaboration with the National Junior College Athletic Association and Region 20. The event spanned two days and attracted hundreds of spectators, who were treated to some stellar gameplay and teamwork from the Fighting Owls.

Before the title match, Harford ousted the CCBC Essex Knights in the semifinals, held on May 13. Meanwhile, Nassau Community College secured its finals berth by besting Onondaga Community College Lazers.

In anticipation of the championship, Harford College made numerous upgrades to its facilities, including a new press box, a scoreboard, and additional complex renovations. Having been part of the tournament's final four in the past three seasons, the Fighting Owls finally laid claim to the championship title, a first in the team's history.

This year also marks the first time Harford Community College had the honor of hosting the national championship. The tournament has been held in Maryland 15 times since 1970, with the most recent being in 2015 at CCBC Essex. The previous two championships took place in Garden City, NY, the home of Nassau Community College, a team that boasts 23 national lacrosse championships, including the last two years.

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