One of the tighter first-round Division I regional tournament games was expected to occur last Saturday when the fourth-seeded Dublin Coffman High School boys lacrosse team played host to fifth-seeded Olentangy.

One of the tighter first-round Division I regional tournament games was expected to occur last Saturday when the fourth-seeded Dublin Coffman High School boys lacrosse team played host to fifth-seeded Olentangy.

The Shamrocks needed overtime to edge the Braves 10-9 on May 12, a game in which Olentangy senior attacker Andrew Donatelli scored five goals.

Coffman found a way to neutralize Donatelli last Saturday, and the rematch ended up much differently.

Senior defender Matthew Richert was up to the task of guarding Donatelli one-on-one, holding him to no goals as the Shamrocks won 9-4.

"I thought we played some solid, good team defense," Richert said. "There weren't many fastbreaks on us and our goalie (Sam Gans) did a great job talking to us and setting up the defense. We applied a little more pressure (on Donatelli) and slid early at him."

The win moved the Shamrocks into a regional semifinal last Wednesday against top-seeded and five-time defending state champion Upper Arlington.

UA, which beat Coffman 8-7 on April 15, had a first-round bye and was 15-2 before the matchup.

Potential opponents in the regional final Saturday are second-seeded Thomas Worthington and third-seeded Toledo St. John's.

Thomas beat the Titans 10-4 on May 8 and Coffman 17-6 on April 22. The Shamrocks fell to St. John's 11-10 on April 18.

The win over Olentangy was Coffman's third win in four games, with the loss coming in dramatic fashion to Dublin Jerome 12-10 on May 14 in the final game of the Emerald Cup series.

Last Saturday, Ryan Borcherding scored four goals and Steve Carpenter had two. Sam Gans made six saves.

"We just played them less than a week ago so we know they've got some good offensive players," coach Marc Carlson said. "Matt Richert did a great job playing Donatelli. Ryan Borcherding has been running between the first line and second line and he's starting to gain some confidence."

•Jerome kept its strong play going in the first round of the Division I tournament last Saturday against Olentangy Liberty.

With eight minutes left in the third quarter, the Celtics built a 14-2 lead, prompting a running clock for the remainder of the 18-5 victory. What might have been the most complete game Jerome has played all season was just the push it was looking for heading into the deeper rounds of the tournament.

The Celtics played last Wednesday against third-seeded Hilliard Davidson -- a team they beat 11-3 on April 15 -- and the winner likely will meet top-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a regional final Saturday.

The Wolves were 16-1 before playing last Wednesday against St. Charles, a team they beat 13-6 on April 3. Kilbourne defeated UA 10-8 on April 29 and suffered its only loss to Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice 13-10 on May 1.

"Kilbourne speaks for themselves," coach A.J. Auld said. "They're solid. They're the toughest team in the state right now. In the tournament, everyone fights and plays hard."

Last Saturday, Eric Ruhl scored four goals, Jared Sims had three and Nate Isele and Leo Horine had two.

Jerome also got strong performances from its first-line close defense of Erik Flexer, Joe Horine, David Harless and Ted Nelson.

"I was really happy," Auld said. "We started two new guys at attack (Isele and Sims) and I thought they did a really nice job. Thirteen of our 18 goals were assisted, which is good. We're young to begin with offensively, and no one has their spots secured.

"Our first-line defense only gave up two goals. We were able to substitute regularly and I think they're all continuously learning."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Coffman, Jerome and Scioto boys lacrosse teams:


May 20 -- Defeated Olentangy Liberty 12-11

Last Saturday -- Def. fifth-seeded Olentangy 9-4 in first round of Division I tournament. Coffman is the fourth seed.

Last Wednesday -- Played top-seeded Upper Arlington in regional semifinal. The winner advances to a regional final against second-seeded Thomas Worthington or third-seeded Toledo St. John's on Saturday. The regional champion will play in a state semifinal Tuesday against Cincinnati St. Xavier, Cincinnati Indian Hill, Cincinnati Moeller, Cincinnati Sycamore or Loveland. The state final is June 6.

Of note: The Shamrocks were 10-8 before last Wednesday.


May 19 -- Def. Medina 10-7

Last Saturday -- Def. seventh-seeded Olentangy Liberty 18-5 in first round of Division tournament. Jerome is the second seed.

Last Wednesday -- Played third-seeded Hilliard Davidson in a regional semifinal. The winner will play Saturday in a regional final against top-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or fourth-seeded St. Charles. The regional champion will play in a state semifinal against Hudson, North Canton Hoover, Cleveland St. Ignatius or Medina.

Of note: The Celtics were 14-3 before last Wednesday.


Last Saturday -- Lost to fourth-seeded St. Charles 9-7 in first round of Division I tournament. Scioto was the fifth seed.

Of note: The Irish finished 8-11.