Elder LAX plays with attitude


Just about half way through the season, the 2014 Elder Lacrosse team continues its outstanding play. The team is 8-2 thus far, with only six more regular season games remaining. They have gotten some good quality wins early in the season which has propelled them into their current six game winning streak. In his fourth year with the team, Coach Tom Nugent is off to his best start in the first 10 games of the season here at Elder.

The Panthers traveled to Loveland this past Wednesday night. The Loveland Tigers may be one of the best teams in the state this year. The game started off well for Elder, as they scored the first four goals. Loveland answered back with two goals and Elder had a 4-2 lead at the end of the first. In the second, the Tigers took over, going into the locker room with an 8-5 lead. The defenses of both teams came out to play after half-time. Throughout the third, only two goals were scored in that quarter and Elder was trailing 9-6 heading into the final quarter of play. In the fourth, the Panthers came out firing and cut the lead to only one with just a minute and a half left. Loveland led 12-11 with time running out, and would eventually hold onto that lead for the win.

The next game for Elder will take place Friday night in The Pit. The Panthers will host Springboro High School Friday, which will be the Senior Night game for the seniors. This is always a special game for those seniors who will be playing one of their last games for Elder in The Pit. Elder has been led by multiple seniors this season, especially senior captain J.T. Williams. Williams has played in all 10 games this season, and has accumulated 33 goals and 14 assists in those games. He is known for playing at the Varsity level since he was a freshman. Williams has taken over the all-time record in Elder Lacrosse scoring as well. He and the other 15 seniors will be honored well Friday night in one of their last home games.

From then, the Panthers will head to Lockland Stadium to take on a struggling Moeller team. The Crusaders lost a lot of talent from last season. They are currently 5-6. Two days later, Elder returns home to take on Mason High School. The Mason Comets are 3-4 this season, with a big win against Loveland earlier in the season. A win here for the Panthers will be another big one and give them momentum heading into the final two games of the regular season.

The final two games will be on the road for the Panthers. They first will travel to Bishop Fenwick for a Wednesday night game there, and then a Friday night game at Centerville two days after that.