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State Of The Game: 2018 Ohio Machine High School Showcase

January 23, 2018
With my first State of the Game of 2018, I would like to highlight our inaugural Ohio Machine High School Showcase. We are very excited to create an event that will showcase some of the best programs in the region.  The event will take place on opening weekend of Ohio high school lacrosse competition.  By the numbers, this event should be incredible. On March 17, there will be over 60 years of total head coaching experience on the field at Fortress Obetz. For three coaches, this will be their debut with their new squads. Six of the programs finished in the top 20 of the 2017 Laxpower RPI rankings. The 10 teams combined for a 132-73 record in 2017.  This is a can’t miss event for the lacrosse enthusiast. For event details and ticket information please visit the event page here.


Event Schedule Including 2017 Laxpower RPI Finish & Record

10:00 AM     Olentangy Liberty (5)        16-6      vs. Toledo St. Francis DeSales (3) 18-6

12:00 PM     Hudson (10)                       14-6      vs. Mason (14)                                  11-9

2:00 PM       Columbus DeSales (19)    15-3      vs Cincinnati St. Xavier (1)              17-5

4:00 PM       Hilliard Davidson (40)        16-5      vs Olentangy (22)                            15-6

6:00 PM       Pickerington Central (93)   7-11    vs Hilliard Bradley (108)                  3–15


Game 1
10:00 AM- Olentangy Liberty Patriots (5) 16-6 vs. Toledo St. Francis DeSales Knights (3) 18-6
These two teams last met on April 8, 2017 in a regular season match up.  The game was won by Toledo St. Francis in overtime by a score of 10-9. Liberty made it to the OHSAA Division 1 state semifinal while Toledo St. Francis earned a spot in the OHSAA Division II state semifinal game. This will be the second meeting between the two, with the Knights holding the 1-0 edge. 

Olentangy Liberty High School Patriots
Coach: Jason Godwin (6th Season)
2017 finish: OHSAA Division 1 Region 1 Champs. Lost in State Semifinals to Cleveland St. Ignatius 3-5.  The Patriots were on a six-game win streak heading into the regional championship.  

Toledo St. Francis DeSales Knights
Coach: Scott Loy (1st Season)
2017 finish: OHSAA Division II Region 5 Champs. Finished as state runner up in a loss to Cincinnati Mariemont 4-9.  The Knights were on an 11-game win streak heading into the 2017 State Championship Game. 

Game 2
12:00 PM   Hudson Explorers (10) 14-6 vs. Mason Comets (14) 11-9

On March 25, 2017, these two squared off and the Explorers came out on top 15-11.  The two teams have played every year since 2012.  The Explorers hold the edge in the series 4-2.  This will mark the 3rd time in the series that the two teams have opened their season against each other. The prior two openers came in 2012 and 2016 and were split.

Hudson High School Explorers 
Coach: David Blue (20th Season)  
2017 finish: OHSAA Division 1 Region 2 Semifinals. Lost to eventual state runner up St. Ignatius 4-11. The Explorers were on a four-game win streak before falling to Cleveland St. Ignatius in the playoffs.

Mason High School Comets
Coach:  Paul Limpert (4th Season)
2017 finish:  OHSAA Boys Division I, Region 4 Semifinals.  Lost to eventual State Champions Cin. Archbishop Moeller 5-10. The Comets enjoyed a regular season 11-9 victory over the 2017 state champions. 

Game 3
2:00 PM Columbus DeSales Stallions (19) 15-3 vs Cincinnati St. Xavier Bombers(1) 17-5
This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.  In 2017, the two schools had one common opponent in Worthington Kilbourne.  The Bombers beat Kilbourne 16-7 while DeSales split with the Wolves beating them in the regular season match up 20-10, but then losing in the state playoff game 10-12.

Cincinnati St. Xavier High School Bombers
Coach: Nate Sprong (7th Season)
2017 finish: OHSAA Boys Division I, Region 4 -Final game in a loss to eventual state champion Archbishop Moeller 7-10. The Bombers were on a four-game win streak heading into the playoff game. On April 7th of last season, St. Xavier enjoyed a commanding 15-9 victory over the eventual state champs, Archbishop Moeller. 

Columbus DeSales High School Stallions 
Coach: Matt Triplett (14th Season)
2017 finish: OHSAA Division II, Region 7 Regional Semifinals where they lost to Worthington Kilbourne 10-12.  The Stallions where on a six-game win streak heading into that game. Columbus DeSales is the only OHSAA division II program competing in the inaugural Ohio Machine High School Showcase.


Game 4
4:00 PM Hilliard Davidson Wildcats (40) 16-5 vs Olentangy Braves (22) 15-6
The last time the two schools met was April 27, 2016.  The Braves had the edge in that game, winning 16-7. Since 2008, the pair have clashed five times with the 4-1 edge in favor of the Braves. The game will be the debut of Ohio Machine midfielder Dominique Alexander as head coach of the Braves. Adam Beasley will be entering just his second season as head coach of his alma mater. 

Hilliard Davidson High School Wildcats
Coach: Adam Beasley (2nd Season)
2017 finish: OHSAA Division I, Region 3 Semifinal loss to eventual state semifinalist Upper Arlington 3-9. The Wildcats were on a six-game win streak heading into the playoff game with Upper Arlington.  The Wildcats defeated Dublin Coffman 13-12 to help win a share of the OCC title.    

Olentangy High School Braves
Coach: Dominique Alexander (1st Season)
2017 finish: OHSAA Division I, Region 1 final game where they lost to Olentangy Liberty 6-13. The Braves were on a six-game win streak heading into the regional final. 

Game 5 
6:00 PM Pickerington Central Tigers (93) 7-11 vs Hilliard Bradley Jaguars (108) 3–15

The two teams last met on May 4th, 2017, with the Tigers triumphant in a close 8-5 game. The two have played seven times, with Pickerington Central holding the edge 4-3 in the series.  Both schools will be excited to start a new era with new skippers, and the game will be the debut for both head coaches. Coach Todd & Gossard do have a common thread in the fact that they were teammates at Wilmington College in Ohio.   

Pickerington Central High School Tigers
Coach:  Garyck Todd (1st Season)
2017 finish:  OHSAA Boys Division I, Region 3 qualifying where they lost to Pickerington North 6-14.  

Hilliard Bradley High School Jaguars
Coach: Alex Gossard (1st season)
2017 finish: OHSAA Boys Division I, Region 3 qualifying game loss to Hilliard Davidson 8-16.