Bexley News


Bexley girls edged out of state berth


In the closing moments of regulation during a Division II South/Central Region final May 22 against Worthington Kilbourne, the Bexley High School girls lacrosse team had the ball on the sticks of its top two players, Sarah Dawley and Samantha Bolon.

However, in that stretch of 1 minute, 10 seconds, Bolon had a shot hit the right post and another blocked in front of the goal before Dawley had a shot clang off the post as the game went to overtime.

The Lions and Wolves each scored in overtime before Allison Martz scored with 1:13 remaining in the sudden-victory overtime to lift Kilbourne to a 13-12 victory.

"To have the ball with a chance to win and to have it in the sticks of your best players, that's exactly where you want to be," said coach Gillian Thomson, whose team finished 15-4. "They're great shooters and they hit posts. It's disappointing, but that's the situation you want."

Bexley, which was looking for its first Division II state semifinal appearance, rallied from a pair of four-goal deficits behind Dawley, who had seven goals. She scored six of Bexley's seven second-half goals.

"That was so frustrating, just unlucky. One inch would have done it, that just happens," Dawley said about the end-of-regulation sequence.

Dawley's sixth goal of the second half tied the game at 10 with 5:24 left. Just 11 seconds later, Grace Maley scored to give the Lions their only lead of the contest, which was played at Thomas Worthington.

Miriam Bassani tied it at 11 with 4:29 left in regulation and gave Kilbourne a 12-11 lead in the first overtime before Grace Rosenthal tied it for Bexley.

"When you're down four goals against a team like Kilbourne and you fight back twice to be able to stick with them, I am just so impressed with our team," Thomson said.

The Lions reached the regional final by defeating DeSales 11-9 on May 20.