Loveland Boys Lacrosse sets local records with year-end honors
Player of the Year, two All-Americans, more...
Loveland, Oh. - While the Division I Loveland boys lacrosse team (14-5) was stopped short of an anticipated appearance in the regional finals with a loss to Mason, there was no holding back the year-end accolades awarded to a record number, six Loveland Tigers.
Senior defenseman Tanner Griffin (88 groundballs) led off the praise parade by being named Southern Ohio Player of the Year, which goes to the region’s best overall lacrosse player at any position. This marks the first time a Loveland High School athlete in a team sport has won a region-wide player of the year award. Not surprisingly, Griffin was also named USILA All-American, 1st Team All-State and 1st Team All-Region. Griffin was one of three nominees in Ohio for state-wide Player of the Year and will be heading to Division I Hofstra University this fall to play lacrosse.
It didn’t stop there as five more Tigers were recognized for outstanding spring performances. Senior attackman Brian McElveen (60g/37a) was Loveland's other USILA All-American selection. This marked the first time in six seasons of Division I play Loveland has garnered multiple All-American selections, and the fourth All-American award for the program in the last five seasons. McElveen, who is heading to Division I Robert Morris University to play lacrosse, was also selected 1st Team All-Region, 2nd Team All-State.
Senior Max Mather (25g/20a) was selected 1st Team All-Region, 3rd Team All-State.
Senior Corey Cotsonas (51g/46a) was selected 1st Team All-Region.
Rounding out the awards was sophomore goalie sensation Marshal Amon and Division II Coker College-bound attackman Brad Clements (50g/11a); both awarded Honorable Mention All-Region.
Something in the Water?
The outstanding on-field performance of the 2014 Tigers weren't the only Loveland locals recognized this spring for individual excellence in high school boys lacrosse. Loveland resident and St Xavier High School student senior Ben McCormack (attack) was named 2nd Team All-Region. St Xavier finished the season 16-7, ending their run in the state championship Final Four. From Moeller High, senior Eddie Kuenkel (defense) was named 3rd Team All-State,1st Team All-Region; senior Brendan King (attack) was named 2nd Team All-State, 1st Team All-Region; Senior David Sturgis was named (midfield) 2nd Team All-Region. Moeller finished their season 10-10. At some point, all these Loveland residents participated in the various camps, clinics or leagues of Loveland’s nationally recognized youth lacrosse program.