The defending champion Upper Arlington High School girls lacrosse team held down Cincinnati Sycamore's high-scoring offense, but couldn't produce enough offense of its own in a 7-6 loss in the Division I state final Saturday in Mason.

The defending champion Upper Arlington High School girls lacrosse team held down Cincinnati Sycamore's high-scoring offense, but couldn't produce enough offense of its own in a 7-6 loss in the Division I state final Saturday in Mason.

Emile Hunter, who was named the tournament Offensive Most Valuable Player, scored three goals and had an assist for the Aviators, who had been averaging 16.2 goals. Sycamore was held in single digits only one other time, in a 6-5 win over Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola on March 28.

"Every single person gave their best effort today," said UA coach Kim Rocheleau, whose team finished 16-5. "We had a good shot at them and we took it. We can beat a good defense, but it's really hard to beat a good defense with a good goalie."

Kelly Mason and Adriane Ghidotti had two goals and Erin Williams and Erin Junk scored one for UA. Sycamore's Adrian Amrine, who was named Defensive MVP, had 13 saves.

Sycamore took a 7-4 lead in the second half, but Junk scored with 1:19 remaining to make it 7-6. Unfortunately for UA, that was the last goal of the game.