Sarah Dawley of the Bexley High School girls lacrosse team said she was mad when the Lions had their lead trimmed to one goal in their Division II South/Central Region tournament second-round game May 15.
That ended up being bad news for Cincinnati Wyoming, which scored two consecutive goals to pull within 7-6 with 17 minutes, 56 seconds to play.
Dawley, a senior midfielder and Duquesne signee, scored three of Bexley's four goals over the next 4:39 as the Lions regained control and came away with an 11-6 victory.
Dawley had five goals in the game, increasing her total to 60 for the season before the Lions played DeSales in a regional semifinal May 20.
"When we're up by so much and they come back, we needed to do something about it," Dawley said. "Once they started coming back, we needed to step it up.
"When people start scoring more and we start to get closer, I kind of get more into the game. That gets me more into it, even though I don't like it."
Dawley secured a loose ball and scored with 17:42 left and then beat goalkeeper Emily Wadds from in close to make it 9-6 with 17:19 remaining.
Senior midfielder Samantha Bolon, a Lynchburg College recruit, scored her 61st goal of the season to make it 10-6 before Dawley provided the final margin with 13:17 remaining.
"The big thing was we knew we needed to come up with draws, and when it was tight, we fought for the draws and that made a huge difference," coach Gillian Thomson said. "Those consecutive draws made the difference and allowed us to pull ahead again. I am very proud of the team for doing that.
"(Dawley) played a fantastic game tonight and when she gets the ball she does smart things and she is so hard to defend against."
Junior Grace Rosenthal scored four times and freshman Grace Maley scored once. Junior Mimi Nahem made nine saves.
"We are definitely going to keep the energy up from this game," Bolon said. "We saw how we were when we fell apart and that we can get back up to where we need to be, so we know we have the mentality to stay in the game."
The Lions, who beat Chillicothe 14-0 in the first round May 12, were 14-3 and on an eight-game winning streak before playing DeSales. The Stallions handed the Lions a 9-6 loss April 8.
The winner advanced to a regional final Thursday, May 22, at Worthington Kilbourne or Cincinnati Seton. The Lions defeated Seton 12-6 on May 3.
The regional champion plays in a state semifinal May 30 at New Albany.
Baseball team wins district opener
The baseball team won its Division II district tournament opener, beating 13th-seeded Heath 7-4 at home May 15.
Marshall Drewry improved to 6-1, allowing two earned runs on five hits in four innings. He also helped himself at the plate, hitting a two-out double with the bases loaded in the third to give the Lions a 3-0 lead.
Alex Eikenberry, Chase Roddy and Josh Shapiro each had RBI singles.
"You have to score first and you have to get a big two-out hit, and we did that early," coach Tom Marker said.
Shapiro picked up his second save, not allowing an earned run in three innings. The Bulldogs scored twice in the seventh courtesy of three Bexley errors.
"I just think pitching and defense has been the name of our game all season and we lost a little focus late in the game, and that is something we can't do," Marker said. "I'm excited (about the win). We're not celebrating because we have been in this spot before.
"I know our guys are not satisfied."
Bexley played Bloom-Carroll on May 17 in a regular-season contest that was a late addition to the schedule. The Lions fell 7-2 in a game played at Beavers Field in Lancaster, the site of the district final Thursday, May 22.
The third-seeded Lions were 20-7 before playing fifth-seeded Licking Valley in a district semifinal May 20 at Kilbourne.
The winner plays second-seeded Jonathan Alder or 10th-seeded Big Walnut for the district title. The Lions lost to Jonathan Alder 12-6 in a district semifinal last year.
The district champion plays in a regional semifinal May 29 at Wright State.
Doubles team wins sectional tennis title
The boys tennis squad's second-seeded doubles team of Max Knox-Kelly and Shia Saar won a Division II sectional title May 18 at Columbus School for Girls, defeating top-seeded Lincoln Ficek and Nick Sweeney of Wellington 7-5, 6-4 in the final.
Fourth-seeded Ethan Goodstein and Logan Wilhelm fell to third-seeded Michael Guza and Steve Gregory of Watterson 1-6, 7-6, 7-6 in the third-place match.
The top four finishers in singles and doubles qualified for district Friday, May 23, and Saturday, May 24, at Columbus Academy, where the top two placers in singles and doubles advance to state May 30 and 31 at Ohio State.
In singles at sectional, T.J. Phelps reached a quarterfinal before losing to Evan Rodgers of Wellington 7-6, 1-6, 6-1. Cody Rawlings earned a first-round victory before losing to Wellington's Temidayo Dairo 6-0, 6-2. Gauthier Knox-Kelly suffered a 6-1, 6-0 first-round loss to Worthington Christian's Chris Tsibouris.
Softball team opens tourney with win
The softball team opened Division III district tournament play with a 9-4 second-round win over visiting seventh-seeded Northridge, as Katy Watson improved to 18-5.
The game began May 14 but was suspended because of bad weather with one out in the bottom of the third inning. When play resumed the next day, Bexley scored six runs in the third and two in the fourth to take a 9-0 lead.
The third-seeded Lions were 19-5 before facing fourth-seeded North Union in a district semifinal May 19 at Pickerington Central. The winner advanced to a district final Friday, May 23, at Pickerington Central against second-seeded West Jefferson or fifth-seeded Cardington.
West Jefferson beat Bexley 9-1 on April 8 and 11-10 on April 23 in MSL-Ohio Division play.
The district champion plays Cincinnati Finneytown, Fairfield Cincinnati Christian, Bethel-Tate, Hamilton Badin or Waynesville in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 28, at Wright State.
Track teams take second in league
The boys and girls track and field teams both placed second in eight-team fields in the MSL-Ohio meet, which concluded May 16 at Whitehall.
The boys (132 points) were runners-up to Columbus Academy (149.5) and the girls (113) were runners-up to Grandview (162.5).
The boys team won three relays. Corbin Thompson, Andre Stewart, Jacob Old and Chad Meyer took first in the 400-meter relay (45.5 seconds). The 800 relay of Rasheed Morgan, Meyer, Stewart and Nathaniel Agnoli won in 1:33.05, and the 1,600 relay of Daniel Bond, Agnoli, Benjamin Krajnak and Morgan won in 3:33.94.
Ian Kellogg finished second in the 800 (2:03.08) and 1,600 (4:24.85), and Morgan was second in the 100 (11.44) and 200 (23.58). Stewart was runner-up in the 110 hurdles (16.02) and 300 hurdles (41.03), with Krajnak second in the 400 (52.16).
For the girls, Lissy Schmidt won the 300 hurdles (47.53) and placed second in the 200 (27.67) behind teammate Tyler Mansfield, who won in 27.37. Mary Tugend was second in the 100 hurdles (17.07), and the 1,600 relay of Spencer Halliday, Mansfield, Emily Callahan and Schmidt also took second (4:18.71).
The boys and girls teams are competing in Division II district meets that began May 20 and conclude Saturday, May 24, at Heath. The top four finishers in each event advance to the regional May 29 and 31 at Lexington.
Boys lacrosse team begins postseason
The boys lacrosse team closed the regular season with losses to St. Charles (15-4 on May 13) and Columbus Academy (8-5 on May 16) to fall to 3-11.
Against St. Charles, Colby Nebel scored twice and Zach Welsh made seven saves.
Against Academy, Nebel had two goals and Welsh stopped 15 shots.
The Lions opened the Division II Central/Northwest Region tournament May 21 with a play-in game at Granville, a rematch of an April 16 meeting won by the Blue Aces 16-8.
The winner plays at Watterson or Big Walnut on Friday, May 23, in the first round, with that winner playing at DeSales, Toledo Central Catholic or Whitehouse Anthony Wayne in the second round Wednesday, May 28.
The Lions lost to Watterson 12-3 on April 4 and to DeSales 15-6 on April 23.