The second-seeded Pickerington high school boys lacrosse team played host to third-seeded Chagrin Falls Kenston in a Club Division regional championship game Saturday, but what was expected to be close game quickly turned into a blowout.

The second-seeded Pickerington high school boys lacrosse team played host to third-seeded Chagrin Falls Kenston in a Club Division regional championship game Saturday, but what was expected to be close game quickly turned into a blowout.

Pickerington built a 9-1 lead by halftime and easily won 16-6 to advance to a state semifinal Tuesday against two-time defending champion Sylvania, which beat Pepper Pike Orange 18-3 in a regional final Saturday.

Pickerington is 8-8 but has won six in a row. Kenston finished 14-6.

"We had a real strong start," said Ryan Klipa, who scored once in the first quarter and had three goals in the fourth. "Our coaches kept saying, 'Keep working, keep working.' Things have just been kind of coming together for us."

John Zustra scored two of his three goals in the second quarter and had one assist. Mike Hackett had two goals and one assist and Kyle Mick had two goals and one assist.

Cody Wright made three saves and Jarrod Culp made five saves.

"We moved well off the ball," coach Ryan Cook said. "Honestly as soon as we saw that we had the advantage, we started subbing even late into the first quarter. Ultimately we just wanted everyone to get quality playing time."

Pickerington last played Sylvania in 2007, winning 10-2 in the regular season but losing 12-6 in a state semifinal. Sylvania is 19-1, with the loss to Division I Toledo St. John's 11-9 on May 21.

"They're a heck of a team," Cook said. "Fundamentally we'll have to take what they're best at. The other point of emphasis is that we'll have to make them work for everything."