New lax city- Oakwood’s newest sport is off to a promising start

The Lacrosse team ends practice at Old River with a team huddle.

The Lacrosse team ends practice at Old River with a team huddle.

Facing the adversity of being a new team, lacrosse has come out swinging and has stacked up a 7-1 record so far this season. Most of this is owed to the already experienced players.

“It’s tough, but our experienced skill makes us a juggernaut,” Spencer White (10) said.

Their most impressive games include a 13-7 win over Miamisburg, a 13-1 thrashing of Cincinnati Country Day and an 18-0 win over Alder.

Sophomore Austin MacDonald is currently third in the state and second in the Southwestern Buckeye League (SWBL) with an average of 6.17 points per game.

“Austin is a leader and is doing very well this season,” James Guilfoyle (11) said.

This new Oakwood team is also very young with 18 out of 21 players being underclassmen.

“We and some other teams like Bellbrook are sophomore dominated teams,” Hemler said.

Lacrosse has been the fastest growing sport in the SWBL. Bellbrook is in its second year as a club team, Miamisburg has started a Division 1 team this year and Alter has moved from club team to Division 2 in the same league as Oakwood.

The team practices and plays at the Old River Park and will play one game at Mack Hummon Stadium on May 11 against Bellbrook.

Oakwood’s next games are against Alter on May 3rd and against Cincinnati Hill Christian Academy on May 4th.

By Drew Lipowicz

lipowicz.james@oakwoodschools.org

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