February 3, 2015 by Charlie Eisenhood in Livewire with 2 comments
After years as a DIII powerhouse, Lehigh has decided to join Division I competition, according to the Lehigh student newspaper.
Lehigh has long been one of the top DIII teams, finishing 5th at the DIII College Championships in 2013 and 2014. They will now seek to challenge teams like #1 Pittsburgh and Penn State at the Division I Ohio Valley Regionals competition. They still have their eye on Nationals.
From The Brown and White:
The team’s main goals are to make it to Regionals and then continue to play well and make it to Nationals. [Captain Nick] Mathison believes this is a very realistic goal, and if achieved, can put Lehigh on every Ohio Valley team’s watch list.
“Every day I’m thinking about where I want this team to go, where are we now, and what do I need to do to get us there,” Mathison said. “That is what is motivating me, both on and off the field.”
Lehigh had a strong fall, winning two of their tournaments and placing 7th at the Steel City Showdown. Their only losses came to #7 Michigan and #23 Northwestern; they had wins over Penn State, Delaware, and Rutgers.
Their first tournament of the 2015 regular season will be Crouching Tiger, Hidden Panda, featuring teams like Maryland, George Washington, and Wake Forest.