An inspired Hawken lacrosse team defeats opponent after losing two teammates in crash

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GATES MILLS - They cheered on their team, while honoring the lives of two promising teenagers.

A local school community continues to heal after the tragic deaths of two senior lacrosse players.

Friday night was the first game the Hawken lacrosse team has played since losing two players, who were killed in a car accident on May 14.

"I think that this story just really hit all of them really hard, they felt like they could've been our friends or our brothers or our babies," said Alice Vitiello, a Hawken alum and parent, who is also the sister of assistant coach Adam Our.

Last Thursday, 18-year old Joshua Weil and 18-year old Alex Doody were killed when the car they were riding in with two other 18-year old classmates crashed into a tree on County Line Road.  The other two teens survived.

"They're like pillars of this school and great citizens, great people, they have great parents and this has been a trying and very difficult experience for everyone involved," said Hawken parent Jonathan Simmons.

In Friday night's Hawken game against the Revere Minutemen, a statement was read and a moment of silence will be held at all high school lacrosse games in the state this weekend.

Every high school lacrosse team across Northeast Ohio will also be wearing a sticker on their helmets through the rest of the season.

School leaders say they have received support from all over.

"How about how wonderful all of these students at all of these schools have been in the face of this terrible tragedy," said Hawken alum Diana Everett, who is assistant coach Ours mother.

She wore a t-shirt that her son designed, while the assistant coach's sister described the meaning.

"You got the 'H' for Hawken, Hawken Hawks, but also angel wings and you've also got Alex and Josh and their numbers there. And that's what he wanted, to emphasize to them was that they're gonna move on, together as a family," she explained.

Head coach Jim Scully says the game was tough, but helped the players with healing.

"We were completely unsure how it would play out on the field, but if we take a few seconds to step back, it turned out to be a good game with good results," he said.

Hawken's athletic director says the school has received support from some of its biggest rivals.  The team appeared to be inspired Friday night, they beat Revere 19 to 9.


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