By Tom Gamble, GCL South Commissioner
St. Xavier moved to within one win Wednesday night of keeping the state lacrosse championship trophy in the Greater Catholic League South Division, waiting through a lengthy weather delay to ultimately emerge with an 18-8 victory over Worthington Kilbourne in the semifinals of the Ohio High School Athletic Association State Lacrosse Tournament at Chaminade-Julieene in Dayton. The victory moves the Bombers into the final match against Cleveland St. Ignatius, which defeated Dublin Coffman, 16-15, in overtime in the other semifinal at Wooster High School.
The two teams meet at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Selby Stadium. St. Xavier defeated St. Ignatius (16-7) twice during the regular season, winning by identical scores of 12-11 and setting the stage for what figures to be a great state final. St. Xavier (18-3) is looking for its second lacrosse state crown in four years, having advanced to the state final and emerged victorious back in 2015. This, however, is just the second year that boys’ lacrosse has been sponsored by the OHSAA, with GCL South member Moeller winning the first OHSAA state title last spring.
Previously, the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association had conducted a state tournament.
The Bombers came out strong against Worthington Kilbourne (17-6), scoring five of the game’s first six goals and maintaining a 7-2 lead after the first quarter. Kilbourne rallied back in the second quarter to score four goals and narrow the deficit slightly to 10-6 at intermission. But St. Xavier held its opponent scoreless in the third quarter, increasing its margin to 14-6 entering the final period. And, despite having to wait through a weather delay that lasted just over two hours, the Bombers were able to increase the lead and move on behind four goals from senior John Holcomb and three from senior Duke Alf.