GH's Burns cherishes national title win at Stevenson

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:41 PM

He didn’t get a chance to contribute on the field, but former Buccaneer Matt Burns certainly aided in the celebration when the Stevenson University men’s lacrosse team took home the NCAA Div. III national title on Sunday.

Stevenson claimed its first-ever national championship with a 16-14 win over Rochester Institute of Technology on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field on Philadelphia.

Burns, a freshman, saw limited playing time during the season and was a casualty of the required roster trimming for the NCAA tournament.

Still, he was on the sidelines to cheer on his teammates throughout the tournament, and he enjoyed the celebration as much as any of them.

“I can’t imagine anything better,” Burns said on Tuesday night as he watched his former team, the Buccaneers of Grand Haven, take on Rockford in a Division 1 regional contest at Hope College. “We got to storm the field. Everyone was throwing their helmets up in the air. It was a dream.”

Burns played in seven games for Stevenson this spring, finishing with two goals and an assist. He also grabbed a pair of ground balls.

He’s confident that, with an off-season devoted to gaining some strength, he’ll make more of a contribution as a sophomore.

“My coach said that I need to get in the weight room over the summer and I should be playing next year,” Burns said.

Burns is the lone player from the Midwest on the roster at Stevenson, which is located in Owings Mills, Md.

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