SYCAMORE TWP. – For the second year in a row, girls lacrosse players from Sycamore High School stormed the battlefields of Richmond, Va., in an effort to face the best competition.
The Brine National Lacrosse Classic is played on a sprawling complex that has up to nine games going at a time. The teams playing are all-star teams.
Last year, the Ohio team had just six from the state. This season, all but two were Buckeye State players, including four from coach Eddie Clark’s Division I state runners-up squad at Sycamore.
“It’s 16 states playing against one another,” Clark said. “For Ohio being new, that’s pretty good. It’s a pretty cool event for them.”
Clark’s team went 3-3 and was a diversified collection of players.
“We had 11 different schools represented,” Clark said. “Our players went out to dinner with the Upper Arlington kids. We played each other in the state finals.”
Locally, from Sycamore, Sydney Pattison, Eva Thorn, Evie Goodyear and Haley Rayburn played. From Mount Notre Dame there was Allie Daumeyer, Kaitlin Mason and Julia Harmon. There was also Izzy Yagodich from Summit Country Day, Lillian Baldwin from Ursuline and Jessica Morey from Loveland.
The rest of the squad was made up of players from outside of the Southwest Ohio area. Essentially, it’s an All-State team of underclassmen.
Sycamore loses just three seniors from this year’s group, so the Lady Aves are building toughness from such events. For Clark, it’s a unique chance to coach girls that may later become the opposition.
“It’s fun sometimes and frustrating a lot of the time,” Clark said. “Just because your kids know your ways.”
Clark’s ways have been winning ways and he spoke highly of the event as he was motoring for his summer destination of Ocean City, Md. In between the beach sunsets and preparation for his next spring run with the Lady Aves lacrosse team, Clark is getting married in December.
He used to coach basketball in the non-lacrosse season, but is passing up the net for the nuptials at the end of the year.
A boys team has also competed in a Brine All-Star Classic as Moeller coach Sean McGinnis led some of Ohio’s best to the championship.
Locals on the squad were Marshall Amon from Loveland, Jack Hannah from Milford, C.J. Hughes from Walnut Hills, Jack Streicher from Elder, Reed Russell from Seven Hills, Alex Deters from St. Xavier, Tommy Barnhorst from Sycamore and Lucas Klever, Conner Rice, Jack Richey and Anthony Lebarge III from Moeller.