Boys lacrosse starts rough, but keeps positive outlook


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GOAL! Junior Kevin Russel and Mather have both been part of the program for multiple years. Last season, Mather set the freshmen records in season assists and points, and he also tied the previous record for goals in a season. Mather also made the U.S. Box Lacrosse U18 National team and hopes to do so again next year. Both Russel and Mather are looking to help bring the team to a winning record and finish the season strong.

This season has started off a little bumpy for the boys lacrosse program. Their first four games have ended in losses, but that may be mostly from the excellency of the programs being played rather than any possible shortcomings in our own program.

The team has played against some top-ranked teams, and despite large point margins, they have still managed to play hard. In their match against Springboro, the score of the second half was only 3-2. The ability to play within a point of one of the top teams in the area shows great promise for the season’s remainder.

Their excellent ability to keep games close was shown again in matches against Loveland and Lakota East. In the matchup against Lakota East, they stayed within one point until the very last quarter of the game. When playing Loveland, they were up at halftime, and again stayed ahead of the opponent until the last part of the game.

“Yes, we have come up just short in some of our games, but we can definitely be winning these matches,” said Adam Mather, 10.

There has been success since the rough start. The lacrosse program has seen victories over Wyoming and McNicholas, with scores of 9-6 and 10-2 respectively.

Weather has also given some trouble, and several games have been delayed until later dates. Matchups against Elder and Miamisburg have both been moved to later dates, but the games are close, and the Aves can come out on top.

Several games still remain in the regular season, and we can still be expecting to see some excellent performances. Rough beginnings don’t always mean rough seasons, and more is yet to come from Aves Lacrosse.