Moeller Two Wins From First State Lacrosse Title

05/31/2017

Posted on 5/31/2017 at 9:05 a.m.

Crusaders Riding Eight-Match Winning Streak Into Semifinals

Moeller has won its share of state championships in baseball, basketball and football, but the Crusaders are just two wins away from earning the school’s first state title in lacrosse.  Fresh off consecutive victories over Mason and Greater Catholic League South Division rival St. Xavier in the regional semifinals and final, Moeller streaks into tonight’s state semifinal match in the first sanctioned Ohio High School Athletic Association State Lacrosse Tournament riding an eight-match winning streak.

But to get to the state final, the streaking Crusaders will have to get past defending champion Upper Arlington. Tonight’s match is set for 7:30 at Roger Glass Stadium at Chaminade-Julienne High School in downtown Dayton. Moeller (15-7) began its current winning streak with an 8-7 victory over Upper Arlington (20-2) back on May 6 at home.  Cleveland St. Ignatius (13-7) meets Olentangy Liberty in the other state semifinal at 7:15 tonight at Wooster High School.

The semifinal winners meet in the state final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Selby Stadium in Delaware.  This is the first year that the state tournament has been sanctioned by the OHSAA.  Previous boys’ and girls’ tournaments were under the guidance of the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association.

After losing consecutive close matches to Mason, 11-9, and Loveland, 11-10, Moeller was sitting at 7-7 entering a match with the defending state champion Upper Arlington.  But, after a one-goal win at home that day, the Crusaders have not lost since.  The current streak includes five straight victories in the postseason, including a 10-5 win at Mason in the regional semifinals followed up with the win over No. 1 seed St. Xavier, which also was ranked NO. 1 in the Midwest by Laxpower.com, last Saturday at Anderson High School’s Brown Stadium.

The match was tied 7-7 before Moeller’ junior midfielder Logan Dieball scored the go-ahead goal with 3:29 remaining, and goals from seniors Lucas Klever and Will Sturgis in the final minutes helped Moeller emerge with the victory.  Klever finished with two goals and two assists.  Saturday’s win was also career victory No. 100 for Moeller coach Sean McGinnis, who took over the Crusaders’ lacrosse program entering the 2014 season.