In a game shortened after three periods by bad weather, the Pickerington high school boys lacrosse team advanced to a Club Division regional semifinal with a 12-1 win over Big Walnut on Thursday at Pickerington North.

Second-seeded Pickerington improved to 7-8 and will play third-seeded Kenston in a regional final at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at North, with the winner advancing to a state semifinal Tuesday.

"I viewed it as an opportunity to work on plays and get guys in the game," coach Ryan Cook said. "We had some guys that played particularly well today."

Pickerington, which led 8-1 at the half, got three goals from John Zustra, while Drew Watson had two goals and two assists and Rett Allen and Jay Huffman both scored two goals. Junior Cody Wright made two saves over the first two periods, and freshman Jarrod Culp shut out the Golden Eagles in the third quarter.

Nathaniel Atkins scored the only goal for Big Walnut, which finished 5-8.

Kenston opened the Club tournament with a 21-1 win over Eastlake North (May 26), beat Stow-Munroe Falls 15-4 (May 28) in a second-round game and is 14-6.

"Kenston is a very solid team, and they're coming to us after a successful regular season," Cook said. "They've got a couple guys averaging more than three goals a game and they run an unorthodox fastbreak which could create issues."