Alexander Bowen brought his love of lacrosse from Maryland to the area 21/2 years ago and has been one of Lakeside High School’s leaders ever since.
Bowen has been a team captain each of the two years he has played for the Panthers and the rising senior played a key role in Lakeside’s run to the Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA-A state playoffs in 2013.
The Panthers posted an 11-7 record with Bowen scoring 24 goals – second on the team – while leading in assists (26) and ground balls (125) from his midfield spot.
Bowen, who is The Augusta Chronicle Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year, doesn’t have a preference for scoring or creating for others as long as it benefits the team.
“I think as long as the team is putting up points it doesn’t matter for me,” Bowen said.
Panthers head coach Ron Ritter loves Bowen’s unselfish play and wishes there were more players like him.
“He’s a real good kid, hardworking loves the game,” said Ritter. “He takes his position as a team captain very seriously ... I would love to have three of him.”
The Panthers lost to Westminster 19-1 in the first round of the playoffs and Bowen hopes it was an eye-opener for his teammates.
“Teams around here aren’t as experienced as Westminster or the big-league teams like the private schools,” Bowen said. “You get a real taste of kids who put in all the work 24/7 and hopefully that’ll motivate us to do the same. It does for me.”
Bowen continued his lacrosse education this year attending a Clemson camp. He also plays for the Augusta Patriots club team and coaches a YMCA youth team. To keep in shape during the first part of the school year, Bowen runs on the cross country team.
Bowen sees nothing but good things ahead for the Panthers in 2014.
“Since we’re keeping most of our players – we’re only losing three seniors – it’s pretty much going to be the same team and definitely better than last year,” he said.