FARGO, N.D. – Ironically, one of the best kept local secrets involving North Dakota State University athletics is its nationally renowned men’s lacrosse team.
What makes the team and its reputation ironic is that thanks to back-to-back trips to the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division II national tournament, the Bison have built a reputation for having a nationally competitive team which allows them to recruit players from even the Twin Cities, but ask around on the local sports scene and the team is virtually unknown.
Team President Brandon Moeller chalks up that lack of recognition to the Bison men’s lacrosse team being a “club” team and competing in the MCLA, versus other Bison sports that compete in the NCAA’s Division I. And even though the MCLA is a national organization of non-NCAA, college lacrosse programs and currently operates with 200-plus teams in two divisions over 10 conferences, it still doesn’t carry the cache that being affiliated with the NCAA does. (By the way, NDSU calls the Upper Midwest Lacrosse League its home conference, with other regional teams such as St. John’s, St. Thomas, Carleton, St. Olaf and Bethel.)
Anyway, Moeller and other members of the NDSU Bison men’s lacrosse team talk about their team’s lack of recognition and other aspects of Bison lacrosse in this recent story published in the NDSU student newspaper, The Spectrum: “A Team on the Rise.” Check out the story and learn more about the nationally competitive Bison men’s lacrosse team.