Lacrosse: Lima Senior boys, girls sweep Findlay


Boys, girls teams notch wins

By Jose Nogueras - [email protected]



Lima Senior’s Khomani Smith, left, and Findlay’s Benjamin Mueller battle for a loose ball during a Saturday game at Spartan Stadium.

Lima Senior’s Khomani Smith, left, and Findlay’s Benjamin Mueller battle for a loose ball during a Saturday game at Spartan Stadium.


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Lima Senior’s Aaron Bowsher (21) celebrates with teammate Davion Browning after scoring a goal during Saturday’s game against Findlay at Spartan Stadium.

Lima Senior’s Aaron Bowsher (21) celebrates with teammate Davion Browning after scoring a goal during Saturday’s game against Findlay at Spartan Stadium.


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Lima Senior’s Laikyn Wheeler leaps to score a goal against Findlay goalie Addison Kokensparger during Saturday’s game at Spartan Stadium.


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Lima Senior goalie Jhanea Gilbert gets in position for a possible shot during Saturday’s game at Spartan Stadium.


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Lima Senior swept Findlay in lacrosse as the boy’s and girls teams posted wins over the Trojans Saturday.

Boys

Lima Senior 8, Findlay 5

Lima Senior continues to grow as a team but more importantly the Spartans are learning how to win games after gutting out an 8-5 win Saturday against Findlay.

Despite being shorthanded due to injuries and the Easter break, the Spartans fended off Findlay, giving a strong performance on offense and defense.

Lima Senior improves to 5-4 overall and Findlay falls to 1-7.

“We’ve come a long way and still have a long way to go,” Spartan head coach Nathan Garlock said. “But we have looked a lot better the last two weeks. We were struggling there and kind of felt like we hit a plateau but since the second half of the Buckeye Valley game I have seen these guys really put the foot back on the gas and continue to improve.”

Even though Lima Senior lost in overtime to Buckeye Valley on Friday, the Spartans rallied from four goals down in the fourth to force the extra period.

“It’s nice to come home and beat Findlay,” Garlock said. “Findlay is a good team and they have come a long way as well so it is a great game and a great win.

Spartan Aaron Bowsher spearheaded the offense with four goals on the day and it was his first two that gave Lima Senior the lead after Findlay came out in the first 11 seconds and scored. However, the Spartan senior standout collected back to back scores to give Lima Senior a 3-1 lead after the first period.

Findlay countered with two unanswered goals in the second period to knot the score at 3-3, including one with 57 seconds left in the half, but Bowsher retaliated by punching one in 10 seconds later to give the Spartans a 4-3 lead at halftime.

In the third period, Lima Senior’s defense came through by pitching a shutout and allowing the Spartans to gain a 6-3 advantage after getting goals from Dennis Williams and Davion Browning.

Bowsher struck again in the final stanza to give the Spartans a four-goal cushion at the 8:47 mark but back-to-back scores from Findlay allowed the Trojans to slice the lead to 7-5 with 3:48 left in the game.

But Browning added a late score to secure the win.

Spartan goalie Braylin Upshaw made some big saves between the pipes and he got a lot of help from the defensive trio of Jamarius Hobson, Dom Peterson and David Kiner.

“I am incredibly proud of the defense today,” Garlock said. “We really spent a lot of time on our defense and communication and our assignments and these guys have really taken that on. We had only one regular starter down there today.”

Girls

Lima Senior 8, Findlay 4

Lima Senior scored on Findlay early and often and then held off the Trojans in the second half to record the win.

The Spartans, who scored 12 seconds into the game, opened up a 7-0 lead after the first half to help help garner the victory. In the second half, Findlay outscored Lima Senior 4-1.

Spartan Tianna Williams scored four times and Nevaeh Sheeter and Laikyn Wheeler each scored twice to lead the offensive charge.

Lima Senior head coach Kaity Weidman said getting off to the fast start was instrumental in capturing the victory.

“It was very important because unfortunately we don’t have a lot of subs so we tend to do a lot of scoring on the front end of the game and on the second end we have to find relief where we can and stay up and that is what we do and that is what we did,” Weidman said.

With the 8-0 advantage in the second half, Weidman pulled back her troops and not only salted away the clock but looked for advantageous scoring opportunities and despite not collecting another goal the strategy paid off.

“The relief has to come in other places, and we tend to hold the ball for really open or good shots so we can take care of it.

“It was really even scoring today so that was good.”

Like the boys team, the girls played shorthanded, especially on the defensive side, but Weidman said those girls stepped up and got the job done.

Lima Senior improves to 4-3 and Findlay slips to 1-4.

“This win helps,” Weidman said. “Findlay is a good program and they have been around for a few years, and it helps us and builds our confidence going into next week.”

Lima Senior’s Khomani Smith, left, and Findlay’s Benjamin Mueller battle for a loose ball during a Saturday game at Spartan Stadium.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/04/web1_LSboys3.jpgLima Senior’s Khomani Smith, left, and Findlay’s Benjamin Mueller battle for a loose ball during a Saturday game at Spartan Stadium. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Lima Senior’s Aaron Bowsher (21) celebrates with teammate Davion Browning after scoring a goal during Saturday’s game against Findlay at Spartan Stadium.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/04/web1_LSboys4.jpgLima Senior’s Aaron Bowsher (21) celebrates with teammate Davion Browning after scoring a goal during Saturday’s game against Findlay at Spartan Stadium. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Lima Senior’s Laikyn Wheeler leaps to score a goal against Findlay goalie Addison Kokensparger during Saturday’s game at Spartan Stadium.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/04/web1_LLS6a.jpgLima Senior’s Laikyn Wheeler leaps to score a goal against Findlay goalie Addison Kokensparger during Saturday’s game at Spartan Stadium. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Lima Senior goalie Jhanea Gilbert gets in position for a possible shot during Saturday’s game at Spartan Stadium.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2022/04/web1_LS2-5-.jpgLima Senior goalie Jhanea Gilbert gets in position for a possible shot during Saturday’s game at Spartan Stadium. Jose Nogueras | The Lima News
Boys, girls teams notch wins

By Jose Nogueras

[email protected]

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.

Reach Jose Nogueras at 567-242-0468.

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