Beavercreek Men’s and Women’s lacrosse teams progress through 2022 season

Grace Dailey

With spring sports in full swing, Beavercreek’s lacrosse teams are making their way through their busy 2022 season schedules. The women’s team has played a total of ten games, with a record of eight wins and two losses. Two of those wins were against Miamisburg and Northmont, which are both a part of the Greater Western Ohio Conference. The Beavers will participate in the first-ever GWOC tournament this season, with Springboro as their toughest opponent. Beavercreek Women’s Lacrosse is currently ranked 14th among Division 1 schools in Ohio.

Standout player Riley Ryan, a junior at BHS, is nearing her 100th goal as a varsity lacrosse player. This is especially impressive because Ryan has only experienced one and a half seasons, with her freshman season canceled due to COVID. Ryan averages four goals per game and has a 77% shot accuracy. She recently committed to continue her athletic and academic career at Manhattan College in New York, where she will begin in the fall of 2023.

Senior captain Lauren Hinders, who is committed to playing lacrosse at Ashland University next year, says that she is proud of the team’s progress this year. “We recently lost our top scorer because she tore her ACL, but I think the rest of the team is doing a great job. We have been working really well as a team,” Hinders says.

The varsity men’s team currently holds a record of seven wins and two losses. Some of the team’s top performers include senior Daniel Pearl, who averages three goals per game, and junior Logan Spaeth, who wins 80% of faceoffs. Spaeth’s faceoff wins contribute greatly to the team’s success in any given game since they guarantee possession right off the bat.

Senior captain Darek Smith says that the team’s toughest opponents this year have been Thomas Worthington and Indian Hill. He says that the men’s next toughest games will be on their senior night against their rival, Centerville, as well as their game against Springboro next Wednesday. Smith states that he is proud of his team’s performance this year, as the boys have managed to bring home lots of wins, many of which were against teams that they lost to last year.

Two members of the men’s lacrosse team will be continuing their athletic careers at the collegiate level next year. Daniel Pearl has committed to Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee, and Devon Garcia will be playing at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia.