Columbus School for Girls lacrosse coach Brittney Zerhusen was hoping her team would beat DeSales on April 25 to gain some needed momentum after the Unicorns lost four of their previous five contests.
CSG was unable to defeat the Stallions, losing 13-8 at home, but Zerhusen was pleased with the Unicorns' competitiveness in the Central Independent League contest.
The Unicorns were 3-6 overall before playing Pickerington Central on April 30. They are 2-3 in the CIL.
"We fell short at the end of this game, but we played good lacrosse against a good team and I think we got better as a team and gained some confidence," Zerhusen said. "We went up 2-0 and there were several lead changes in the first half. It was a one- or two-goal game most of the way before they pulled away at the end.
"We don't have anything to feel bad about because DeSales is a good team and we played our best game of the season against them."
The Unicorns will wrap up the regular season against four teams that Zerhusen considers to be quality opponents.
In league games, CSG plays Thursday, May 1, at Granville and plays host Wednesday, May 7, to Watterson.
The Unicorns also play Monday, May 5, at Dublin Jerome and May 8 at Thomas Worthington.
"We're focused on getting a big win or two against a strong team before we get to the tournament," Zerhusen said. "Heading into these games, we're really focusing on our mental toughness and controlling the pace of the game."
Through eight games, CSG was 3-0 when scoring in double digits and 0-5 when scoring nine or fewer goals.
The Unicorns edged Pickerington North 14-13 on April 1, defeated Hartley 13-10 in a league game April 10 and routed Wellington 17-2 in a league game April 17.
"We're working on making everyone on the field a threat because we have a short bench and we need everyone to contribute for us to score a lot of goals and win games," Zerhusen said. "Erin Balasky, Sophia Sugar, Sam Ziegler and Kaitlyn Yale have been leading our offense and Charlotte Lennox, Katie Henderson and Mo Ostrowski have been leading our defense. We've been able to put everything together in three games so far and we're working on things that are going to make us better in the second half of the season."
Track team wins home meet
The track and field team scored 186 points to win its nine-team Jack Guy Invitational on April 26 ahead of runner-up Watterson (138.5).
"This was a tough meet because it was just an all-girls meet, so there wasn't much rest between events," coach Elon Simms said. "Our girls have been training hard and were feeling heavy coming into this meet. However, I am glad that we came out on top. Our relays continue to look good. We have some handoffs to improve upon, but other than that, I am very confident that we will continue to drop in time."
Placing first for the Unicorns were Eleanor Smith in the 400 meters (1 minute); Cecilia Pesavento in the 300 hurdles (50.7); Saidyah Babatunde, Nia Caldwell, Mo Ruff and Rebecca O'Donovan in the 400 relay (53.7); Caldwell, Cecilia Pesavento, Ruff and Isabella Pesavento in the 800 relay (1:52.5); O'Donovan, Isabella Pesavento, Ayla Kazemi and Smith in the 1,600 relay (4:12.2); Smith, Anna Tierney, Grace Tierney and Emma Harris in the 3,200 relay (10:03.5); Erika Sims in the long jump (14 feet, 7 1/2 inches); and O'Donovan in the shot put (34-1 1/2).
"Eleanor is running great this season," Simms said. "She is someone who is going to fight to the finish and is definitely one of our strongest runners. We can put Eleanor in almost anything and know she will do well. I would definitely say the same about Rebecca O'Donovan as well. There are times we wish we can put Rebecca in everything.
"Cecilia has been training very hard and has been committed to working on her speed and reaction time out of the blocks in both hurdling events. Kudos to Erika, (too). She's got some great potential and we are very excited to see how this season plays out for her."