Win with class, lose with grace

The lessons imparted through boys’ lacrosse at The Summit reach beyond competition, individual aspirations and team success. 

Win with class. Lose with grace. And always, always have good sportsmanship.

Coaches prepare student-athletes for life outside The Summit through those philosophies. The way teammates and opponents interact now can be a precursor of life in the work force, so navigating human relations is a priority.

And then there’s the sport itself. The 2006 Silver Knights won a state championship. Then, in 2016 and 2011, The Summit captured regional championships and advanced to the Division II state semifinals. 

Lacrosse is one of the most popular sports at The Summit. While it generates solid numbers – the 2017 season  its most populous on record. Large rosters create some age and skill disparities between new and veteran players, but younger student-athletes gain immediate opportunities to improve against quality talent.

Several Summit players have gone on to play lacrosse at the collegiate level, including David Smith ’13, Transylvania University; Evan Albertson ’11, College of Wooster; and Nate Gustafson ’10, U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Pat Collura has engineered The Summit’s lacrosse program since 2011 following nine seasons at St. Xavier High School. The Long Island, N.Y. native was an all-conference player at Bowling Green State University, where he graduated in 1974, and has spent 26 years in the police force.

Coach Collura is well-known in lacrosse circles for his development of youth programs as well as his success in the coaching ranks. He was named the 2016 Ohio High School Lacrosse Association’s Division II coach of the year, the 2016 MVC lacrosse coach of the year and the 2016 Cincinnati Enquirer Division II lacrosse coach of the year.