Newly sanctioned sport to hold first OHSAA state championships June 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Details for the first girls and boys lacrosse tournaments sponsored by the Ohio High School Athletic Association are being finalized for the spring of 2017. In June 2015, the OHSAA Board of Directors voted to adopt girls and boys lacrosse as sanctioned sports beginning with the 2016-17 school year. Lacrosse, which previously was coordinated by its coaches associations, will remain as a spring sport in Ohio.
Two tournament divisions will be sponsored in both girls and boys lacrosse. All four state championship games will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Delaware at Ohio Wesleyan University’s Selby Stadium, pending contract agreement between OWU and the OHSAA.
State semifinal matches will be held May 30 and 31 at neutral sites around the state, similar to the format currently used for the soccer state semifinals in early November.
“We are excited to start putting the details in place for our first lacrosse postseason tournament,” Dave Gray, OHSAA interim commissioner, said. “Selby Stadium in Delaware is a great facility to host the state championship games. I know that our member schools that offer lacrosse are eager to get these key tournament dates on their calendars and get the 2017 season started next spring.
The official start date of practice for the 2017 OHSAA lacrosse season is Feb. 20, with games beginning March 17.
“Ohio Wesleyan is pleased to partner with the OHSAA in hosting the state high school lacrosse championships,” Roger Ingles, OWU director of athletics, said. “Ohio Wesleyan has a great history of lacrosse and is very proud to be a part of growing the game in the state of Ohio. We look forward to welcoming thousands of lacrosse fans and student-athletes to OWU and the city of Delaware next June.”
Seeding and bracketing for the girls and boys tournaments will take place on May 7. The tournament will begin at the regional level, in a similar format to the football playoffs, the week of May 15. The regional semifinals and regional finals will take place the week of May 22.