The final week of July marked the end of box lacrosse in the Loveland Summer Box Lacrosse League in Symmes Township. League Director, Michael Cotsonas said, “Over 220 youth through high school boys competed in the largest summer lacrosse league in Southern Ohio, playing box lacrosse in the only dedicated outdoor box lacrosse arena in the Midwest."
Championship games were held across all divisions, 3rd grade through high school, with the highlight high school Boys Championship game, featuring D-I, D-II and D-III-bound 10th, 11th and 12th graders.
Cotsonas said that a crowd of more than sixty spectators came to watch High School Boys Team 2 and Team 4, and the back and forth action where neither team scored more than two goals in a row, and never lead by more than 2. “It came as no surprise overtime was needed to decide the outcome.” It was an overtime that wasn't without controversy" said Cotsonas. Senior Christian Przezdziecki (Loveland HS) appeared to score the game winner at 2:05 into OT, but the official was unable to determine if the ball crossed the goal line. After the restart, Team 2 quickly pushed the ball up the field to Brad Clements (Loveland HS), who double pumped the ball into the top right corner for the title. Final 16-15.
Team 2, the 2012 Loveland Box Lacrosse Summer League HS Boys Champs, is coached by Doug Thomas.
The Loveland Outdoor Box Lacrosse Arena is located at 9805 Union Cemetery Road in Symmes.
DIII Champs (3/4 Grade) Craig Wexelblatt, Aj Anastasia, Breckin Sharkey, Brett Wexelblatt, Hayden Crites, Fitz Nolan, and Will Martin.
DII Champs (5/6 Grade) Ryan Oblong, Pete Hogan, Sam Ward, Brandon Hitzeman, Eric Paolino, Joe Timmerman, Ben Meckey, J. T. Popp, Riley Wiseman, Kyle Faessler, Samuel Collier, Kyle Beasley, Drew Vanderhorst, Joshua Elfers, and Ethan Toms.
DI Champs (Middle School) Drew Gordon, Adam Clark, Davis Wilson, Liam Carroll, Cade Cloud, Scott Furlong, Alex Scharfenberger, Eric Thomas, Ben Federman, Cj Byron, Brent Blust, Jack Sexton, Cameron Beck, and Gunnar Tuttle.
HS Division Marshal Amon, Brett Townsend, Peyton McKenzie, Drew McDonald, Tylor Griffin, Joshua Collier, Zach Werner, Zachary Russ, Zack Hadden, Tanner Griffin, Brian McElveen, Bradley Clements, Erik Seroogy, Nick Miller, and Tanner Hawk.