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Onondaga Lazers win program's 11th National Championship, take down Nassau C.C.

Onondaga's Austin Staats raises the NJCAA National Championship trophy during the team's celebration after defeating Nassau on Sunday.

Onondaga Community College is once again the nation's top men's lacrosse program.

However, the Lazers had to fight tooth and nail to win Sunday's NJCAA National Championship Game.

With a 7-5 halftime lead, the Lazers knew it would be a fight in the second half.

Onondaga and Nassau did not play during the regular season due to poor weather conditions, canceling perhaps the NJCAA's most anticipated matchup.

However, on Sunday they met in the biggest game of the year.

Nassau Community College, based out of Long Island, came out on a mission to begin the third quarter.

The Lions went on a 4-0 run to not only tie the game, but also take the 9-8 lead late in the third quarter.

But that's when the Lazers bounced back, using a Zach Pierce goal to tie the game at 9-9 as they entered the fourth quarter.

From there, the Lazers took over, as Austin Staats and Dorian Faster capitalized to give Onondaga the insurance it needed, ultimately winning the National Championship, 11-9.

Afterward, the celebration ensued.

"This is the way the game's supposed to be," Lazers head coach Chuck Wilbur said. "Two-goal game in the National Championship with two great teams -- two rivals -- that have been going at it for years now. What a way to win a championship, beating these guys by two goals on our home field."

"It's a winning tradition here at OCC," Lazers sophomore attack Austin Staats explained. "I just wanted to carry that on for Chuck Wilbur since he put so much into the program and made it what it is today. It's an amazing feeling to be champions here on our own field again."

Wilbur was named Coach of the Tournament, while Staats was named Offensive Player of the Tournament.

Sunday's win marks the third straight NJCAA National Championship win for Onondaga, and the 11th National Championship in the program's rich history.

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