It is often said tournament time in any sport can breathe new life into a team no matter how much they have struggled throughout the year. Last night was a perfect example of this when the varsity boys lacrosse team traveled to Columbus to face fourth seeded St. Charles. Lugging a six-game losing streak and finishing the year by dropping 12 of their last 13 games, the boys could have easily played out the string and wrapped up the season. Add in lightning delays, the long bus trip and a tornado warning which further delayed play and this team could not have been faced with more adversity. However, they embraced this adversity and responded to it in a very appropriate manner by coming out and playing tough.
At the half, the game was tied at three and the hosts knew they were in for a battle the rest of the night. The second half was just as exciting and as time wound down, the Elks were clinging to a small lead. When time expired, the boys had earned a hard-fought, 8-7, upset win over the fourth seed and earned the right to play again on Friday night at third seeded New Albany. It was a total team effort and they will need the same on Friday night if they want to extend their season again.
A special shout out to senior Jake Rankey who scored his 200th career point during the win.
Now 6-13 on the year, the boys are back in action on Friday night when they return to Columbus to take on New Albany in the Regional Quarterfinals at New Albany High School.