The high-speed sport of lacrosse has had a strong foothold in Franklin for some years now, while the program in Oak Creek is still gaining experience.
The relative positions of the two programs were well on display on March 24, when Sabers beat the Knights by a 20-1 score on Franklin's home turf.
"This is our first year as a varsity program, but our second year as a club at the high school," said Oak Creek coach Dave Swenson. "I am excited that we are now a varsity team. We have a very young team with many players being the first time they have played lacrosse."
Franklin coach David Diehl said the difference in experience was a huge factor in the game but feels its just a matter of time before Oak Creek catches up.
"Considering it was the first game of the season after just two weeks of practice, I was very happy with how the team played," he said. "They worked hard and were able to implement our game plan like we wanted. We have a lot to work on going forward, but this was a great way to start the season. Oak Creek is a young program, but they have a bright future."
Franklin had nine players score in the game, led by senior attacker Ben Nackel with five goals, sophomore attacker Connor Lindsay with four and sophomore midfielder Matt Moen with three.
Sophomore midfielder Jason Ciepluch had the lone score for the Knights.
The Sabers feature a 20-plus man varsity roster, and other seniors include goalie Nathan Murphy; midfielders Michael Fischer and Shaun McCutcheon; and defenseman Nolan Scholl. Two freshmen are also on the varsity roster: midfielders Joey Baumgardt and Teddy Marion.
Oak Creek, in the interim, has a strong overall turnout with over 20 players on both the varsity and junior varsity teams.
Seniors include midfielders Ethan Stahlkopf, Shaun Coomer, Brady Lewis, Kyle Bohn, Taylor Stuckart and Zach Andreska and attacker Joe Muccio.
The game was played on Franklin's multi-purpose turf field, which is designed to accommodate, football, soccer and lacrosse.