Throughout the season, the Bexley High School girls lacrosse team thrived by controlling face-offs. Failing to do so against New Albany led to an 18-3 loss in a Division II South/Central Region semifinal May 22.

Throughout the season, the Bexley High School girls lacrosse team thrived by controlling face-offs. Failing to do so against New Albany led to an 18-3 loss in a Division II South/Central Region semifinal May 22.

"New Albany did a great job of getting the draw and we weren't adjusting the way we wanted to," said eighth-year coach Gillian Thomson, whose team finished with a program-best 14-4 overall record. "They got possession of the ball and a highly skilled team like New Albany can do a lot of stuff (off face-offs)."

The Lions' worst losses this year provided the bookends for the season. Bexley started with a 14-4 loss to Columbus Academy on March 29. However, between the opener and finale, the Lions won 14 of 16 games.

Bexley entered the New Albany contest on a nine-game winning streak.

"As disappointing as it may feel right now, we were able to think about the kind of season we had," Thomson said. "We exceeded everyone's expectations. We will take this experience and build on it."

Senior Kate Gatterdam led the team in goals (55) and assists (36).

"A third of our goals came off assists," Thomson said. "We did a great job of looking for each other and finishing with strong shots."

The Lions were 4-1 in one-goal games, including a 13-12 overtime win over Columbus School for Girls on April 17 and a 13-12 win over the Unicorns in the second round of the tournament May 17.

Bexley, which had a first-round bye in the postseason, finished second (5-2) in the Central Independent League behind Academy (7-0) and ahead of Hartley (4-2-1), CSG (4-3), Watterson (3-3-1), DeSales (2-5), Wellington (1-6) and Granville (1-6).

"This year wonderfully surpassed my expectations," Thomson said. "We've been around the .500 mark for the last three years. This year we pulled out a lot of one-goal games."

The Lions lose seniors Colleen Bond (attacker), Brynna Davis (defender), Sarah Dressel (midfielder), Emily Elisar (defender), Gatterdam (midfielder), Maddy Kelly (goalkeeper) and Elisa Pruitt (defender).

"They showed this team how to work hard, but have a lot of fun," Thomson said. "They showed how to respect each other and be great teammates to each other. That made a huge difference in the success of the team."

Expected to return are juniors Jane Addison (attacker), Carlin Coffey (defender), Libby Davis (midfielder), Abby Robins (attacker) and Ellie Williams (attacker), sophomores Sam Bolon (attacker), Emma Crane (defender), Sarah Dawley (midfielder), Megan Elisar (attacker) and Sam Shamhart (midfielder) and freshman Leslie Janco (midfielder).

Dawley (39 goals), Williams (36 goals) and Libby Davis (33 goals) were the Lions' top scorers behind Gatterdam.

Lack of depth hurt boys lacrosse team

When it was healthy, third-year coach Rich Russo said the boys lacrosse team could compete with just about anyone.

Bexley was not at full strength when it lost to host DeSales 19-5 on May 23 in the second round of the Division II Central Region tournament.

The Lions were without Cavanagh Rigby (broken nose) and Jonathan Parker (concussion).

"We needed everyone," said Russo, whose team finished 7-10 after a 1-7 start. "When everyone was healthy, we were a very good team. We're talented, but we're not deep.

"I'm not unhappy with the way we finished. DeSales is a heck of a team. We lost to a better team and I am OK with that way."

The Lions made their deepest run in the postseason by defeating Canton Central Catholic 17-5 in a play-in game May 16 and Wooster 13-7 in a first-round game May 18.

"It's been a tough season," Russo said. "But from a progress standpoint, we've come a long way in the past three years."

Senior midfielder Tyler Bringman, who received second-team all-region honors, will play at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, Va. Senior midfielder A.J. Gogan, who was first-team all-region along with senior attacker Nick Maley, will play at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. Maley led the team with 44 goals and 15 assists in the regular season.

The Lions also lose seniors Jamie Bolon (attacker), Robert Gold (midfielder), Michael Hayes (midfielder), Jacob Morgan (defender), Parker (midfielder) and John Philips (defender).

Expected to return are juniors Michael Habash (goalkeeper), Ethan Knisley (midfielder) and Will Murray (defender), sophomores Sam Ehrlich (attacker), Cole Keny (attacker), Ryan Reed (goalkeeper) and Zach Ward (defender) and freshmen Taylor Farthing (attacker), Anders Pedon (defender) and Rigby (midfielder).

"I've been working with these seniors for a long time, some of them since middle school," Russo said. "They've meant a lot to the program. It's going to be a different year without them."

Boys tennis team had busy weekend

In addition to sending Matt Wareti (singles) and David Seckel and Max Schottenstein (doubles) to the Division II boys state tennis tournament May 25 and 26 at Ohio State, the Lions also advanced to the Division II OTCA state team tournament May 27 at Hilliard Davidson.

Bexley, which finished second in the team tournament last year with a 3-2 loss to Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy in the final, faced Hunting Valley University School in a semifinal. The winner played Cincinnati Summit Country Day or Lexington in the final.

The Lions improved to 17-2 overall by defeating Academy 3-1 on May 21 to advance to the state team tournament. Wareti defeated Academy's Abram Schottenstein 6-3, 6-0, Seckel and Max Schottenstein beat Academy's Langston Hughes and Ryan Jung 7-5, 7-5 and Will Gingery and Ethan Goodstein beat the Vikings' Ezer Smith and Dan Leathery 6-4, 6-0.

Track athletes compete in regional meet

Members of the boys track and field team competed in the Division II regional meet May 24 and 26 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton. The top four finishers in each event advanced to the state meet Friday, June 1, and Saturday, June 2, at Ohio State.

Sam Beech (3,200 meters), Derek Cain (long jump), Ian Kellogg (1,600) and Jalen Robinette (100 and 200) competed in individual events. Also competing were the 400 relay of Rasheed Morgan, D.J. Jones, Cain and Robinette, the 800 relay of Morgan, Jones, Cain and Robinette and the 1,600 relay of Cain, Josh Hoffman, Morgan and Jones.

The girls team competed in the Division II regional meet May 24 and 26 at Lexington. Regan Detwiler (800), Sabrina Ebner (400), Spencer Halliday (1,600) and Lissy Schmidt (300 hurdles) competed in individual events. Also competing were the 400 relay of Emily Winnegrad, Mary Tugend, Ebner and Eva Jerkins, the 800 relay of Winnegrad, Emma Myers, Ebner and Jerkins, the 3,200 relay of Detwiler, Halliday, Lindsey Mathews and Natalie Schwager and the 1,600 relay of Winnegrad, Ebner, Jerkins and Schmidt.