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Coach Mike Caravana

Denison’s Mike Caravana is Lacrosse Magazine’s Division III Men’s Coach of the Year.

Over the years, Denison students have developed their own survival strategies for finals week (cue Psycho music here). Some prefer late nights, others early mornings, and some get almost no sleep at all.

This spring, however, members of the Big Red men’s lacrosse team added another challenge to their late-semester mix. Not only were they studying, taking finals, working on group assignments, and finishing capstone research projects, but they also were fighting to stay alive in the fiercely competitive 2014 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships.

Our guys made it all the way to the national quarterfinals before bowing out to eventual NCAA runner-up Salisbury. Having gone undefeated through its regular-season schedule, the 2014 edition of the Big Red men’s lax squad clearly stands as one of the best in school history, setting records for victories (19), goals (285), and assists (163).

Last week, Lacrosse Magazine sent some big-time recognition Denison’s way by naming veteran head coach Mike Caravana as the 2014 Division III Coach of the Year.

“With a team boasting just seven seniors and a schedule that sent them out of Granville for seven of their first nine games, Denison reached new heights under Caravana this spring,” writes Lacrosse Magazine’s Jac Coyne. “Caravana has done a lot of impressive things during his tenure at Denison, but this was his best performance yet.”

And “Coach C,” as he affectionately is known to those close to the program, wasn’t the only Denisonian to get a shout-out from the widely read publication. Senior long-stick middie Austin Campbell of Berwyn, Pa., was selected as one of Lacrosse Magazine’s 2014 Division III All-Americans.

Great job fellas!

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