The New Albany High School boys lacrosse team used a late surge to beat host Granville 14-11 in the Division II, Region 3 final Saturday.

The New Albany High School boys lacrosse team used a late surge to beat host Granville 14-11 in the Division II, Region 3 final Saturday.

The Eagles trailed by three goals late in the third quarter but took over in the fourth. New Albany was down 10-8 with nine minutes left before scoring six of the game's final seven goals.

"For our program, for our boys, winning a regional championship is what we play for," coach Sean McGinnis said. "We came out today, that's the goal we set and we achieved that goal."

New Albany improved to 12-7 and will play Tuesday at Cincinnati Mariemont in a state semifinal. Granville finished 15-4.

Granville scored five consecutive goals to make it 9-6 with four minutes left in the third quarter. Late in the game, however, New Albany was able to get the ball to its playmakers, including Grant Pendrey and Matt Bower. Each scored just one goal in the first three quarters, but Pendrey had three and Bower had two in the fourth quarter.

New Albany geared its defense to slow down Granville's scoring threats, including Logan Sewell, Seneca Watson and Nick Caravana. Sewell had three goals, Caravana had three and Watson had two.

"We put together a new defense blocking off some of their power players," defender Austin Cummins said. "We tried to keep our sticks up in the passing lanes and cut down their open looks as much as possible."