Hampton, Va. - Stepping onto the field Saturday, Hampton University's men's lacrosse team made history.
The Pirates hosted their inaugural varsity game against Roberts Wesleyan College, becoming the first Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to have an NCAA Div. I lacrosse program.
"I told them to enjoy the moment," head coach Lloyd Carter said.
Carter knows how they're feeling.
He was part of the historic Morgan State squad, which was the first HBCU with a lacrosse program. They had a division two team until 1981.
"When we played at Morgan we didn't realize we were making history until we got older and then it hit us. These guys, it won't really hit them until they get older, then it'll sink in," Carter said.
In the end, the Pirates fell 20-3 against Roberts Wesleyan.
They'll be on the road for their next varsity game to take on Thiel College on Saturday, Feb. 27 in Greenville, Pa.