Lacrosse teams get spring started

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Big Walnut falls to Licking Valley High School 13-5

Saturday, March 16, 2019 7 PM AWAY

Game Recap: The Big Walnut Boys Lacrosse team opened up the season on the road against Licking Valley High School. The Eagles got on the scoreboard first but ultimately ended up falling to the Panthers 13-5.

Top Performers: Sam Metzger- 3 Goals, 1 Assist, 3 Ground Balls; Judah Lozano- 1 Goal, 1 Assist; Caleb Bailey- 1 Goal; Josh Hageman- 9 Saves, 4 Ground Balls; Nathan Montgomery- 3 Forced Turnovers, 4 Ground Balls; Tyler Paul- 3 Forced Turnovers, 3 Ground Balls; Gordon Rond- 1 Assist, 3 Ground Balls; John Grumney- 1 Assist.

Box Scores 1 2 3 4

BWHS 1 4 4 5

LVHS 2 7 11 13

Posted by Jeff Haney

Licking Valley 13, Big Walnut 5

The Golden Eagles scored the game’s first goal, but couldn’t maintain the momentum as the host Panthers rolled to a season-opening win Saturday at Licking Valley High School.

Big Walnut’s Sam Metzger finished with a team-leading three goals to go with an assist. Judah Lozano had a goal and an assist and Caleb Bailey found the back of the net once as well.


Big Walnut falls to Scioto High School 14-6

Friday, March 15, 2019 7 PM AWAY

Game Recap: Big Walnut started out slow and couldn’t catch up to a good Dublin Scioto team on opening night for girls Lacrosse. The Eagles were back at it on 3/19/19 vs Delaware.

Posted by Steve Palmer

Golden Eagles fall to Irish in opener

By Michael Rich

For the Gazette

DUBLIN – Big Walnut girls lacrosse coach Steve Palmer is hoping that his team continues to do what it has done in each of the last two seasons, and three of its last four – improve on its win total.

But sophomore Ashleigh Rothe and host Dublin Scioto had different plans in the season opener Friday night, March 15.

Rothe scored four goals and assisted on another as the Irish built a 9-2 lead at the half on their way to a 14-6 victory over BW.

Rothe finished with five goals and three assists to lead the Irish, who led by as many as 10 late in the second half.

“Ashleigh Rothe has improved a lot over the past year,” Scioto coach Sarah Zink said. “She’s definitely a staple to our team.”

Palmer thought his team was its own worst enemy, though.

“We had 25 fouls – one with a yellow card,” he said. “That’s 25 possessions. I don’t know what our total turnovers were, but at halftime we had 14. That’s (extra) possessions that they don’t work for – they just get because we were sloppy.”

It wasn’t what Palmer envisioned for the opening game.

“That’s not anything Scioto was doing – that’s us doing it to ourselves,” he said. “That’s self-imploding. The bad news is that happened. The good news is those are correctable mistakes. Those things are things we can work on … things we can get better at.”

Still, not all was lost for the Eagles. Cassady Becker and Ashley Fisher scored two goals apiece and goalie Aubrey Logue had 12 saves, including a string of four in a two-minute stretch in the second half.

“(Logue) looked a little nervous in the first 8-12 minutes, but I thought she settled down,” Palmer said.

Becker had 51 goals last season to become the program’s all-time leading scorer. Her two Friday night give her 119 for her career.

Palmer hopes the addition of Fisher, a freshman, will take some of the focus off of Becker this season.

Parker Novak and Allie Long also tallied goals for the Eagles (0-1), who finished 7-11 last season after winning six games in 2018 and five games each in the previous two. Both played junior varsity last season.

“(There was) some encouraging stuff that we saw,” Palmer said. “I’m just a little dissatisfied with the fouls and the turnovers. That’s a huge margin right there when you put the two together.”

Avery Schwab had two goals and an assist, Tiffany Trinh had a pair of goals and Allie Vogel and Jessie Hartman each tallied a goal with a pair of assists for the Irish (1-0), who went 12-4 last year – posting the most wins in program history. It was just their second winning season in school history.

“The girls had been champing at the bits to get out and play,” Zink said. “We have a nice combination of kids that have played together for a while and it’s really starting to come together and mesh.”

Madison Berry and Karleigh Rothe each added a goal, Kiersten Jennings had a helper and Kim Martinez Torres had five saves in goal for Scioto.

“We have a lot of pieces already in place and we’re just (trying to) perfect things,” Zink said. “We’re just going to grow stronger as a team. The girls have put in the work in the offseason.”

Next up, BW travels to Delaware Hayes in a non-league contest Tuesday night (March 19) at 7 p.m.

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Compiled by Gary Budzak

Information for this story was provided by the coaches and Michael Rich for The Delaware Gazette.

Information for this story was provided by the coaches and Michael Rich for The Delaware Gazette.