By Jackie Loson | 5/24/13 11:00 AM
Jordan MacIntosh, Rochester Institute of Technology alumnus and highly decorated lacrosse stand-out, will travel to Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., this Sunday, May 26, to cheer on the RIT Tigers as they take on Stevenson, in their first ever NCAA DIII Championship Game. MacIntosh graduated from RIT in 2011, and currently plays for the Rochester Rattlers of Major League Lacrosse.
RIT punched their ticket to Philadelphia after knocking off top seeded, and previously undefeated SUNY Cortland in a thrilling 10-9 overtime semifinal win. A relieved MacIntosh said, “I was actually in Denver when the game was going on, after our Outlaws game, and I was getting updates from everyone, kind of freaking out, all stressed out. So it was very exciting.”
The win came in dramatic fashion as Sophomore Allister Warren scored off a hidden-ball trick, leaving the SUNY Cortland defense stunned. MacIntosh said of the play, “Yeah that was pretty ridiculous. [RIT’s] coaching staff is pretty innovative when it comes to offense. Shawn Wilkins is a Canadian guy that used to play at a pretty high level of lacrosse, and he always runs some crazy stuff. I had a feeling it was going to be something cool, but I didn’t think it was going to work out that well.”
RIT will face No. 4 seed Stevenson in the national title game. In the Tigers’ first game of the season, Stevenson walked away with a 12-11 overtime victory. MacIntosh is hoping for a different outcome, “They’re a very good team; we played them when I was there and they kind of walked all over us, so it’s going to be a good game. They’ve kind of avenged every loss of the season from the last couple of years, so they’re on a bit of a warpath.”
Despite only playing two years at RIT, MacIntosh had no trouble making himself known on the field, as well as in the record books. Throughout his RIT career, the Oakville, Ontario native amassed 79 goals, 49 assists, 130 ground balls, four game-winning goals, and a .539 faceoff win percentage. His 128 total points is currently tied for 26th on the RIT career-scoring leaderboard. In 2011, his 75 points earned him the 10th most single-season points record in the school’s history. During his tenure, MacIntosh garnered All-Empire 8 First Team (2010 and 2011), Empire 8 Co-Player of the Year (’10), ECAC Upstate All-Star Team (’11), USILA All-American Honorable Mention (’10), and USILA All-American 2nd Team (’11) achievements.
Missing from the files, however, is a NCAA Championship title. “I think RIT has always been a very strong school, we’ve always been a top 10 program. We’ve just never been able to get over the hump and get to championship weekend,” he reflected.
His 2010 year finished with a loss to SUNY Cortland in the NCAA quarterfinals, while the 2011 season ended with a loss to Tufts University in the NCAA semifinals. MacIntosh continued, “It was tough while I was there, but I’m happy for the guys. I’m really happy for them. A lot of the guys that are seniors now, were there for my first year, and it’s just good to see them finally make it to the big game. I think everyone in my class, and the classes before me are very excited for them.”
Since joining the Rochester Rattlers in 2012, MacIntosh has celebrated much success. The midfielder has gathered 34 points, including 30 goals and four assists, a .421 shooting percentage, as well as 15 ground balls while wearing a Rattlers jersey. Rochester’s next game is Sunday, June 02, at 5:00 p.m. (ET) at Sahlen’s Stadium.