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ThisWeek News: Cincinnati St. Xavier Beats Worthington Kilbourne 18-8

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ThisWeek News:  Cincinnati St. Xavier Beats Worthington Kilbourne 18-8

DAYTON — Kilbourne wasn’t able to climb out of an early hole against St. Xavier.

The Blue Bombers scored on their first two possessions and led 7-2 after the first quarter en route to a decisive win over the Wolves in a Division I state semifinal May 30 at Chaminade Julienne.

Kilbourne finished 17-6, while St. Xavier improved to 18-3 and will play St. Ignatius in the state final.

The Wolves got a goal from Jake LeVette to pull within 2-1, but failed to take advantage of a man-up advantage seconds later, turning the ball over. St. Xavier then got a pair of goals from both Nick Shamsi and John Holcomb that more than offset a goal from Kilbourne’s Carson Kott to take a big lead into the second quarter.

“That was a big play at the time, but I’m not sure that play was a turning point,” Kilbourne coach Mike Lippert said. “They beat us in transition all night and they beat us in getting ground balls. They have two guys who are exceptional faceoff guys who both will play Division I college lacrosse. We also weren’t able to execute our clear the way we typically do.

“Kudos to (St. Xavier). They are a great team. They’ve got a lot of dudes who are big, fast and athletic.”

The Wolves never got closer than three goals after the opening quarter, trailing 10-6 at halftime and 14-6 after three quarters.

The game was delayed for 2 hours, 4 minutes because of lightning with 9:29 remaining and Kilbourne trailing 15-7.

Nick Clay, Ryan Wesolowski and Jake LeVette all scored two goals for the Wolves, while Holcomb and Johnny Marrocco both scored four goals for the Blue Bombers.

—Brad Emerine



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