By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
A year ago, Moeller and St. Xavier met in the regional final of the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Lacrosse Tournament – with Moeller emerging victorious and then going on to win the Division I state championship. On Friday, the Greater Catholic League South Division rivals will meet again with a berth in the state’s Final Four on the line after both teams won their semifinal matches Tuesday night at their respective home facilities. Moeller, the region’s No. 2 seed, defeated Springboro, 11-8, to advance, while St. Xavier – after waiting out multiple weather delays – got past Loveland, 17-6, to set up a rematch between the two Cincinnati prep powers.
The regional final is 7 p.m. at Mason High School.
Moeller (15-6), which defeated then No. 1 seed St. Xavier, 11-8, in this game last year before a massive crowd at Anderson High School, got four goals from Griffin Horter and two from Ronald Fisher to knock off Springboro at the Gerry Faust Athletic Complex on Moeller’s campus in Kenwood. Brendan Sigurdson added three assists and one goal as the Crusaders outscored Springboro, 5-2, in the second quarter to take an 8-4 halftime lead. Springboro narrowed the deficit to three by outscoring Moeller, 3-2, in the third period before each team scored a goal apiece in the final quarter. Moeller has now won four straight matches and six of its last seven.
St. Xavier (16-3), winner of five straight and eight of its last nine matches, got past Loveland, 17-6, at St. Xavier Stadium’s Ballaban Field. The Bombers built a 7-1 halftime lead and continued scoring in the final two quarters. Seniors Johnny Morrocco and John Holcomb each scored five goals for St. Xavier; Morrocco also added six assists. Moeller and St. Xavier have played twice this season, with St. Xavier winning both meetings – the first a 14-10 win on April 18 at St. Xavier, and the most recent an 11-9 victory on May 12 in the championship of the Midwest Scholastic League Coaches Association Tournament in Columbus.