Southern Ohio Teen Dies After Collapsing On The Lacrosse Field

Posted at 3:31 PM, Jul 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-01 15:31:29-04

WEST CHESTER, Ohio (WLWT) Matt Stratman, a 15-year-old Lakota West student who collapsed during a lacrosse game, has died.

WLWT reports teen had been in a coma since June 9, when he collapsed during a lacrosse game. He had a stroke due to bleeding in the brain.

Friends said that at first, his family thought he had heatstroke, but it turned out to be a much bigger issue.

Support for No. 27 quickly spread across social media.

"It’s a family. I really think it’s a Firebird family. You come here and you’re part of a special group, and we’re going to take care of everyone," said Lakota West football player Isaac Kolosik. "He’s a great kid. I love him. He’s always fun to be around and (we are) just really praying for him."

Even competing teams started tweeting #stratmanstrong.

"It shows how the community has already bought in to helping Matt and his family out," said Lakota West football captain Ladonnis Griffin.

There will be a vigil at the high school football stadium for Matt at 8:00 p.m. Saturday.