Loveland, Ohio - The Loveland High School mens lacrosse program marked a milestone Wednesday night with their 13-7 win over local power Indian Hill, chalking up their 50th victory since becoming a Division I team..
The 7-2 Tigers took a few minutes post-game to recognize two former coaches, Mike Werner (2006-09) and Mark Lynch (2010-2013), who were instrumental in building Loveland High School mens lacrosse into one of the top Division I programs in Ohio. Tiger captains Max Mather, Brian McElveen and Tanner Griffin posed mid-field with current head coach Mike Pritz and his staff, along with the former Tiger head coach after the game.
“It’s amazing how far the program has come in just a few short years”, Werner said. “We went from club level to playing in the Division II state championship in our first 5 years. And the leap the program took once we moved up to Division I has been pretty remarkable.”
With 30 of the Tiger’s wins as a Division I team coming in the last two and a half seasons, Werner agreed Loveland has benefited recently from being able to attract top local coaches to the program and retain the young talent moving up through their system.
“Great practice facilities, great stadium, a new state-of-the art weight room, outstanding boosters, outstanding parents, it makes it easy for the program to pull in excellent coaches like Mark Lynch when I left, and now Mike Pritz now that Mark has moved on.”
Mark Lynch, who moved to Texas to take a full-time high school coaching position at the end of last season, also chimed in from his home base in Dallas.
"Congrats to the current Tiger lacrosse players and coaching staff on reaching 50 wins,” said Lynch. It’s a testament to the hard work and dedication of the players, parents and former coaches like Mike Werner and Joe Fedders who helped develop the program into what it is today. Tiger Pride!"