St. Xavier Lacrosse Falls in DI Lacrosse Championship to Dublin Coffman

Photo courtesy Cincinnati Enquirer

Photo courtesy Cincinnati Enquirer

By Scott Springer, Cincinnati Enquirer

For the second time in as many years, St. Xavier High School appeared in the Ohio Division I boys lacrosse state championship at Ohio Wesleyan. This time they had to board the bus with the less desirable runner-up trophy.

Dublin Coffman came out firing on all cylinders racing out to four straight goals before St. Xavier lit one up on the toteboard.  It was 10-5 at the half and the Bombers never led in the contest as the Shamrocks hoisted the OHSAA hardware for the first time with a 13-8 victory. 

Senior attack Evan James led Coffman with five goals as his team finished a 22-1 season in glee. St. Xavier finishes 17-7 with their first loss since an April 27 defeat against Brother Rice of Michigan.

"We had an extremely difficult schedule, but they were good, for sure," St. Xavier coach Nate Sprong said. "They were better than us today, for sure. Their strength is their high scoring offense. No. 3 and No. 8 (NIck Harris and Evan James) are going to Loyola and Notre Dame. (They're) obviously really good players and they have a supporting cast around them as well."