Chasing a Championship: Cleveland Heights girls lacrosse

Chasing a Championship: Cleveland Heights girls lacrosse


Chasing a Championship: Cleveland Heights girls lacrosse


The Cleveland Heights High School girls lacrosse team struggled at the start of the season, posting a 2-4 record.

The team’s early setbacks weren’t all that surprising considering that it was breaking in seven new starters.

But how the young Tigers used those disappointments – and each of their losses – as learning experiences to help them finish the regular season strong and go on a postseason run that has earned them a spot in this weekend’s Ohio Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association Division I state tournament wasn’t quite as predictable.

“Those losses have simply been steps toward a final goal,” Cleveland Heights head coach Terry Saylor said. “For this team, it’s been [about] how we end, not how we began.”

The final chapter the Tigers (11-6-1) are writing to the season is helping them forget the struggles they endured in March and April.

“Inexperience created early struggles, but that now seems like a long time ago,” Saylor said.

Cleveland Heights will play Upper Arlington in a semifinal contest at Mason High School tonight. The winner will play either Medina or Sycamore in the state championship game on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Saylor recently answered questions about the Tigers and their season thus far for WKYC’s

WKYC’s What are three adjectives that describe your team and/or its play this season?

Cleveland Heights girls lacrosse coach Terry Saylor: Centered, patient and confident.

WKYC: What has been your team’s greatest strength this season?

Saylor: The great leadership displayed by those returning players in staying patient, remaining positive and offering great support and direction [to] those players who lacked experience but showed great potential.

WKYC: What has been the high point of your team’s season thus far?

Saylor: Earning a spot in the Division I Final Four is always a goal, but never easily achieved. Doing so is a nice accomplishment.

WKYC: Who are your team’s leaders? What do they bring to the team?

Saylor: Our seniors Margeaux Apple, Ellie Austin and Meg Lentz have been able to keep this group grounded and focused.

WKYC: Who is your team’s unsung hero(s)? Why?

Saylor: No one is unsung; everyone is vital to success.

WKYC: What must happen for your team to continue its deep postseason run?

Saylor: Win the draw, limit turnovers and play solid defense.

WKYC: Is there anything else you’d like to add about your team and/or its season?

Saylor: The season seems everlasting; I’m glad that it [has] been extended. I’ll miss it when it concludes.

2012 Cleveland Heights High School girls lacrosse roster        

For more Northeast Ohio high school sports news, scores, photos and videos, visit


More USA TODAY High School Sports