The Columbus School for Girls lacrosse team couldn't have been happier to have what coach Lindsay Pieper called a "rare opportunity" when it earned a second chance to face Hartley in a Division II South/Central Region semifinal.

The Columbus School for Girls lacrosse team couldn't have been happier to have what coach Lindsay Pieper called a "rare opportunity" when it earned a second chance to face Hartley in a Division II South/Central Region semifinal.

On March 31, in the Unicorns' second game of the season, they fell to the Hawks 10-9.

Although CSG lost just two other times during the regular season by close margins, it might not have advanced in the tournament to face the Hawks on May 24 if not for the consistent play of its defense.

After the Unicorns lost to Columbus Academy 13-11 on May 10, they bounced back to beat Cincinnati Seven Hills 18-11 on May 19 in a second-round tournament game.

Goalkeeper Teal Harrison had 11 saves in support of a defense led by seniors Laura Hadley and Elizabeth Simmons.

"Teal Harrison has been having a phenomenal year," Pieper said. "She cleans up a lot for our defense and is definitely having a standout year. Laura Hadley and Elizabeth Simmons have been doing a good job leading the communication and being role models."

Emma McGregor scored six goals against Seven Hills to help set up the rematch with the Hawks. When CSG played Hartley in the regular season, several key players were on spring break.

If CSG beat Hartley, it will play at Academy or Cincinnati Summit Country Day in a regional final on Thursday, May 26. The regional champion advances to a state semifinal June 3 at Gates Mills Hawken.

"(Against Seven Hills) we moved the ball well and were aggressive," Pieper said. "It just kind of clicked for us. We were moving the ball in transition and were also able to get into some of our plays."

•The track and field team finished third (56.5) of 22 teams that scored in the Division II district meet that concluded May 21 at Hamilton Township. Hartley (111) and Granville (93.5) took the top two spots.

Advancing to the regional Thursday, May 26, and Saturday, May 28, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton were three individuals and three relays. The top four finishers in each event advanced to regional, where the top four in each event advance to the state meet June 3-4 at Ohio State.

Capturing a district title for the Unicorns was junior Sophie Chatas, who was seeded first heading into district but had just the 10th-best preliminary time. In the final, she finished in 5 minutes, 14.2 seconds to edge Johnstown's Meghan Schulze (5:14.99).

Placing second at district were the 1,600 relay (4:04.98) and 3,200 relay (9:57.35), while the 800 relay was third (1:47.58).

Enri Small ran on all three relays and Emma Harris ran on the 1,600 and 3,200 relays. Harris added a runner-up finish in the 800 (2:22.59).

Senior Veronica Vargo, who ran on the 800 relay and is the alternate on the 1,600 relay, believes her team could end up with postseason success similar to her freshman season.

In 2008, Vargo ran on the 3,200 relay that placed fifth in the Division III state meet and watched as the 1,600 relay placed second at state.

CSG earned a third-place team finish at state that year with 44 points, behind Bellaire St. John Central (69) and Gates Mills Gilmour Academy (61).

"We're competing really well," Vargo said. "We won district and (were second at) regional when we were freshmen, and we're kind of bringing it back this year. It feels good."

Also advancing to regional was Jennifer DeLong, who placed fourth in the discus (111 feet, 8 inches).

Anna Vutech placed fifth at district in the high jump (4-10). Rosie Connor was sixth in the 400 (1:03.59), Cecilia Pesavento was sixth in the 100 hurdles (17.05) and DeLong was eighth in the shot put (33-5).

The district performance came after the Unicorns placed second (114) in the CCL meet that concluded May 14 on its home track, behind Hartley (141). Ready (94), DeSales (76) and Watterson (65) rounded out the team scoring.