With another matchup against Dublin Jerome looming last Wednesday, the Dublin Scioto High School boys lacrosse team didn't spend Memorial Day morning resting.

With another matchup against Dublin Jerome looming last Wednesday, the Dublin Scioto High School boys lacrosse team didn't spend Memorial Day morning resting.

The Irish got back to work.

"We were just doing some team-building stuff, trying to play better as a team," senior attacker Rob Patridge said.

Scioto showed improvement over the final weeks of the regular season.

After splitting their first eight games, the Irish won five of seven before splitting two games to finish runner-up in the MSLCA B bracket May 16-17 in Hudson.

The third-seeded Irish, who closed the regular season May 21 by beating Olentangy Liberty 6-5, pounded No. 6 Westerville South 16-5 in the first round of the Division I Region 2 tournament last Saturday to improve to 12-7 overall.

No. 2 Jerome blew out Liberty 18-3 in the first round last Saturday to set up the rematch of the contest it won 9-7 on May 2.

The winner last Wednesday advances to a regional final Saturday against fifth-seeded Hilliard Davidson or No. 1 Worthington Kilbourne. That winner will play a state semifinal Wednesday against Hudson, Wooster, Cleveland St. Ignatius or Medina, with the state championship June 7 at Dublin Coffman.

Patridge scored two goals last Saturday, and his junior brother, Liam, led Scioto with five goals. Taylor Rice and Alex Dowell rotate in as the third attacker along with the Patridge brothers.

Rob Patridge has committed to play next year at Limestone College, where he'll join his cousin, Brian, a 2006 Scioto graduate.

"We just wanted to win and keep going (last Saturday)," Rob Patridge said. "(Advancing to face Jerome again) is what we were emphasizing. We possessed the ball and didn't force stuff."

Considering Kilbourne beat Davidson 20-5 on April 23, the Wolves likely are the team that will face the Jerome-Scioto winner.

The Celtics were playing without Tyler Mordecai and Marshall Burkhart the first time they met Kilbourne on April 2 and were blown out 16-3. The Wolves easily downed Scioto 17-5 on April 16.

Jerome was 13-5 heading into the matchup with the Irish after closing the regular season May 20 by beating Hilliard Darby 17-7 and easily winning its tournament game.

Matt Marina scored three goals and Connor Matrka, Alex VanKrevel, Burkhart, Rudy Youell, Matt Horine and Nick Parkey all scored two last Saturday. Jared Sims and Nate Isele each scored their first varsity goals.

"I thought we came out and executed our offensive game plan," coach A.J. Auld said. "We were able to get a lot of individuals in the scoring column. We've been working on some different offensive sets.

"I thought Connor Matrka had a very good game and Eric Ruhl is a sophomore who has been playing well. Last year as a freshman, he took a lot of lumps and it was kind of a trial by fire. He's actually become our leader in points (60)."

•Coffman was the fourth seed in Division I Region 1 and edged Toledo St. John's 7-5 in the first round last Saturday.

The win moved the Shamrocks into a second-round matchup last Wednesday against top-seeded Upper Arlington, which had a first-round bye.

Coffman, which closed the regular season May 20 by beating Medina 9-8, improved to 10-7 with the win last Saturday. Kyle Lucas had three goals and Matt Organiscak made seven saves as the Shamrocks rallied from a 4-2 halftime deficit.

The winner of Coffman-UA will play in a regional final Saturday against second-seeded Thomas Worthington or No. 3 Olentangy.

Coffman lost to UA 15-4 on April 16, to Thomas 10-4 on April 23 and to Olentangy 8-7 on May 13.

Potential teams the Shamrocks would face if they reach a state semifinal Wednesday include four teams from Cincinnati -- Moeller, St. Xavier, Sycamore and Indian Hill.