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McDonald of Loveland Commits to Otterbein for Lacrosse
(Photo: Thanks to Gordy Grafflin/Loveland Lacrosse)
LOVELAND – Loveland High School senior lacrosse standout Drew McDonald recently committed to Otterbein University to attend and play lacrosse for the Cardinals in the fall.
“I’m super excited to continue playing the sport I love at the next level,” McDonald said. “I started playing lacrosse in fifth grade and immediately fell in love with it. Since then, I’ve taken every opportunity to play in various leagues year-round because I just couldn’t get enough of lacrosse.”
Drew had his choice of colleges, garnering interest from schools such as Wittenberg, Centre, and Baldwin Wallace.
“I chose Otterbein because I believe Coach (Colin) Hartnett is a really genuine guy. The lacrosse team is very competitive, winning its conference last season, which means having the opportunity to compete in the NCAA tournament,” he said. “The academics at this school are a great fit for me, and I enjoy the fact that it is only 10 minutes away from Columbus.”
Heading into his final season, McDonald reflected on his success as an integral part of the Tigers offensive core.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing with the guys I grew up with in the youth and middle school program, and I’m really excited for this season,” Drew said. “We have an exceptional coaching staff and a super talented group of guys giving us potential to do great things this year. Our goal is to win the city championship and it would be a great way to end my senior year.”
Last season McDonald demonstrated a willingness to play out of position in order to help the team.
“This season, Drew is transitioning back to the attack position“, head coach Mike Pritz said. “He has helped set the bar high for Loveland lacrosse, and is part of what makes Loveland lacrosse special.”
Drew will now prepare himself for his final season with the Tigers and his future with the Otterbein University Cardinals.