The Adelphi men’s lacrosse team is trying to make lacrosse great again.
The team uses music with a speech made by President Donald Trump as its entrance song, a video posted on the Barstool Sports Instagram page shows.
The video, which has been viewed more than one million times, shows the team running onto the field to the speech carrying an American flag.
As the team lines up ready to take the field, the speech begins playing.
“In all of our cities and in all of our towns, I make this promise,” Trump says. “We will make America strong again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again. And we will make America great again. God bless you and goodnight. I love you.”
The entrance music appears to receive mixed reviews with some fans cheering and others booing.
It does not note at which game the video was filmed.
Danny McCabe, the director of athletics and campus recreation, said the music is selected by the team and has to be approved by the athletic department.
“The men’s lacrosse team’s regular season pre-game warm-up music is selected as a team and approved for us so long as they do not contain vulgarity or inappropriate subject matter,” McCabe said. “The songs they proposed and used this season meet those guidelines. As such, we are obliged to follow the policy.”
Gordon Purdie, the head coach, said the team has traditionally used “patriotic music” for its pregame warm up.
“It was not intended to provoke or be taken as a political statement,” he said. “We’re sorry if anyone was offended.”
The Division II school, which is the top seed in the NCAA Tournament, beat Pace University 10-9 on Saturday, but did not run out to the Trump speech because the NCAA does not allow teams to provide warm-up music.
The Panthers finished the regular season 13-3, but lost to Le Moyne College in the Northeast-10 Tournament championship game.
The Panthers will face Merrimack College on Saturday at Motamed Field on the Adelphi University campus in Garden City.