March 15, 2001
CUA Community Sends Off Basketball Team to Final Four
At an evening outdoor pep rally on March 14, approximately 150 CUA students and other members of the CUA community gathered to wish their men's basketball team well as the team prepared to depart for Salem, Va., in their quest for a national championship.
CUA Provost John Convey read a message to basketball Head Coach Michael T. Lonergan and the team from the Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university President: "You have made history! You have made us proud! And as you march on Salem, you will make us even prouder... Coach, you have called this team 'a team of destiny' and we are 100 percent behind you... Go Cardinals and God bless you along the way!"
Provost Convey also praised the team and its coach, and exhorted the crowd to savor the moment, noting that advancing to the Final Four was "something special" — an accomplishment that universities throughout the country dream of achieving.
The rally also included remarks by Coach Lonergan and Team Captain Pat Maloney, a cake-cutting ceremony and cheers led by the CUA cheerleading squad.
On March 10, for the first time in Catholic University's history, the men's basketball team advanced to the round of Final Four in NCAA Division III competition. The team reached this milestone with an 82-78 victory against Clark University in Worcester, Mass. It was their 14th consecutive victory.
Coach Lonergan thanks the CUA community for its support.
The Cardinals, ranked 14th nationally, play No. 3 ranked Ohio Northern at Salem Civic Center in a semifinal match on Friday, March 16, at 6 p.m. The winner of that match will play for the national championship on Saturday, March 17, at 5 p.m. The two teams that lose their semifinal games Friday will face off on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Those who are unable to travel to the game may listen to it via the Internet by accessing D3hoops.com.
Catholic University is the only team in the nation to have advanced to the NCAA Division III round of 16 teams (known as the "Sweet 16") for the last four consecutive years.
For more information on the men's basketball team and the NCAA Final Four, go to http://finalfour.cua.edu/.
To read a Washington Post article profiling CUA's student-athletes, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A6687-2001Mar14.html.
Revised: March 15, 2001
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