The Dublin Coffman High School girls lacrosse team's best season since before Dublin Jerome opened in 2004-05 came to an end with a 13-6 loss to top-ranked and undefeated Cincinnati Sycamore in a Division I regional final May 21.

The Dublin Coffman High School girls lacrosse team's best season since before Dublin Jerome opened in 2004-05 came to an end with a 13-6 loss to top-ranked and undefeated Cincinnati Sycamore in a Division I regional final May 21.

After finishing 12-2 after an 11-10 loss to the Aviators in a regional final in 2003, the Shamrocks posted five consecutive losing seasons before finishing 9-5 this year.

Coffman beat Cincinnati Ursuline 15-13 on May 15 in the first round of the South Region tournament and Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame 7-4 on May 18. The Aviators will play Medina in a state semifinal at 8 p.m. Friday at Mason, with the winner to play Upper Arlington or Thomas Worthington in the final at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mason.

"We haven't been to the regional final since right before the school split, so I was pleased," coach Paul Caldwell said. "We only had four seniors last year but we had eight this year, and that made a significant difference. We have a number of girls who have contributed over their four years with us, and I think we'll have nine or 10 seniors next year."

Coffman finished fourth in the OCC-Buckeye Division at 4-3 behind UA (7-0), Thomas (6-1) and Worthington Kilbourne (5-2) and ahead of Jerome (3-4), Hilliard Darby (2-5), Dublin Scioto (1-6) and Hilliard Davidson (0-7). The Shamrocks beat Jerome 13-4 on April 27 and Scioto 14-1 on April 7.

Against Sycamore, seniors Katie Keenan and Lexi Bugay scored two goals and senior Courtney Edwards had one.

Junior midfielder Sara Dodson, who had the other goal against the Aviators, finished with a team-best 45 goals. Also eligible to return are junior midfielder Sarah Bergman and sophomore Lauren Stephens, who was the backup goalkeeper to Renee Ulstad the last two years and should take over next season.

"I was very pleased with the kids, and I thought they played hard the whole night (against Sycamore)," Caldwell said. "Sara Dodson had 45 goals, and that's the most I've had a girl score since Lauren Traficant made All-American (in 2004). We're looking forward to next year."

•After going winless in 2007, Scioto improved to 2-13-1 a year ago and then posted a 10-9 record this season.

The Irish beat Olentangy 11-8 in the second round of the Division II-South Region tournament before falling to New Albany 19-4 in a regional semifinal. Scioto beat Davidson 14-13 in overtime April 1 for its only OCC-Buckeye win.

"We had a very successful year because of the attitude of the girls," coach Lindsay Law said. "They were ready to learn and listen this year. This is the first time in a while that I've seen them really interact like a team and trust one another. They were confident in themselves, as well in their abilities, and realized they can win and can play good lacrosse. It was great to play a small part in all of that."

Scioto will lose three seniors, including defenders Fatima Kadi and Abbey Rosh. Kadi was honorable mention all-OCC and finished with 48 groundballs and 13 interceptions. Rosh had 47 groundballs, 12 interceptions and two goals and earned the team's Irish Award along with junior Katelyn Burke.

After leading the Irish with 31 goals last year, junior Hope Brower crushed that mark with 84 goals and was second-team all-OCC and team MVP. Sophomore Kelly Staley had 28 goals and classmate Kaitlyn Gordon was named Most Improved.

Another key returnee should be freshman Danielle Livingston, who had 13 goals including the winner in overtime against Davidson.

"We'll have some major holes to fill in our defense with Abbey, Fatima and (Lauren Darlington) graduating," Law said. "I have lots of girls that have been working hard all season and I'm very confident in our future."

• Jerome will lose just three seniors in Cori Hundley, Taylor McGann and Ally Stein after going 8-11 overall and placing fifth in the OCC-Buckeye at 3-4.

The Celtics will return one of the area's top offensive threats in junior midfielder Kelly Becker, who finished with 101 goals including a nine-goal performance in an 18-17 win over Columbus School for Girls on May 4. McGann finished with 30 goals and sophomore Gabby Marotta added 29.

Among others eligible to return are junior attacker Mackenzie Burness and junior goalkeeper Taylor Goldbeck.

Jerome beat Cincinnati Indian Hill 21-13 in the first round of the Division II-South Region tournament May 15 but lost to Cincinnati Seton 13-10 in a regional semifinal.

At a glance


•Record: 9-5 overall, 4-3 (fourth) in OCC-Buckeye

•Seniors lost: Lexi Bugay, Courtney Edwards, Katie Keenan, Kristina Strine, Renee Ulstad, Erin Vantine, Kailee Yassini and Baille Younkman

•Key returnees: Sarah Bergman, Sara Dodson and Lauren Stephens


•Record: 8-11 overall, 3-4 (fifth) in OCC-Buckeye

•Seniors lost: Cori Hundley, Taylor McGann and Ally Stein

•Key returnees: Kelly Becker, Mackenzie Burness, Taylor Goldbeck and Gabby Marotta


•Record: 10-9 overall, 1-6 (seventh) in OCC-Buckeye

•Seniors lost: Lauren Darlington, Fatima Kadi and Abbey Rosh

•Key returnees: Hope Brower, Katelyn Burke, Kaitlyn Gordon, Danielle Livingston and Kelly Staley