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Tigers avenge loss to DeSales, will play for third state title

Ben Kniskern scored five goals and John Cashy controlled 16 of 17 faceoffs in leading Chagrin Falls to an 11-5 win over Toledo St. Francis in a Division II state lacrosse semifinal at Oberlin College on Wednesday.

With the win, the Tigers advanced to the state championship game for the first time since 2015 and also avenged a 10-3 regular season loss to St. Francis. Chagrin Falls won state titles in 2003 and 2015.

Will O’Brien contributed to the win with two goals and a pair of assists and Connor Brosnan, Cam Croasdaile, Clark Reboul and Alex Morris each scored one goal for the Tigers. Cam Owen led the Tigers with four assists and Morris added two. Griffin Lowe assisted on one goal.

The Tigers will play Cincinnati Mariemont–and 8-6 winner over Columbus DeSales–in Saturday’s state title game.



Thank you to John Kampf of The News-Herald for contributing the video interviews to this story.

Chagrin Falls 11, Toledo St. Francis 5

Chagrin Falls 4 2 1 4 — 11
Toledo S.Francis 1 2 0 2 — 5

Chagrin Falls: Kniskern 5g, Owen 4a, O’Brien 2g, 2a, Brosnan 1g, Croasdaile 1g, Reboul 1g, Morris 1g, 2a, Lowe 1a

Saves: Chagrin Falls, Bergman 3 saves, St. Francis, Madasz 7 saves

Records: Chagrin Falls 19-3, Toledo St. Francis 14-7

EDIT: This story was edited to include the 2003 state title won by Chagrin Falls.

Steve Hare
Steve Hare is the Chagrin Valley Conference's Sports Information Director. He also created and publishes, an online publication dedicated to providing hyperlocal coverage to area high school athletic programs. Hare began covering high school sports for the Lake County News Herald in 1997. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.

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