After his team edged Dublin Coffman 15-14 to secure the Emerald Cup trophy May 12, Dublin Jerome High School boys lacrosse coach A.J. Auld talked to his team as much about itself as opposed to the other teams it might potentially see in the Division II Central Region tournament.

After his team edged Dublin Coffman 15-14 to secure the Emerald Cup trophy May 12, Dublin Jerome High School boys lacrosse coach A.J. Auld talked to his team as much about itself as opposed to the other teams it might potentially see in the Division II Central Region tournament.

One aspect of growth he has seen of late is that the Celtics seemed to grasp the concept of doing what he called "playing against perfection."

"There are a lot of things about communication, working on our defense and clearing balls that are more reliant on what we're doing as a team rather than who we're playing," Auld said. "In these early rounds of the tournament, we're trying to be 100 percent on our clears, limit our opponents' shooting opportunities and work on getting a lot of assisted goals."

The Celtics executed in most of those aspects during their 16-3 first-round win last Saturday over Bexley, especially in sharing the ball: Their first nine goals came from eight players, and seven were assisted.

Jerome took a 14-4 record into a regional semifinal last Wednesday against visiting DeSales.

The winner plays host to a regional championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday against New Albany or Granville, which also met last Wednesday.

Jerome beat Granville 15-2 in its March 23 opener and defeated New Albany 15-0 on May 1. The regional champion will play in a state semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday against Cincinnati Indian Hill, Cincinnati Turpin, Cincinnati Summit Country Day or Cincinnati Mariemont. The state championship game is June 5.

Jerome beat Mariemont 12-2 on May 15 before closing the regular season with a 15-8 victory over Cincinnati Sycamore on May 18.

Against Bexley, Jared Sims had five goals and Eric Ruhl added three as eight players scored overall.

According to Auld, Ruhl recently became the first two-time All-American from Ohio. He was named an Under Armour All-American earlier this month.

"We had eight guys score, and half of the goals were assisted (against Bexley)," Auld said. "I like that we've gotten a lot of guys playing time. That bodes well for the tournament and down the road."

•The Coffman boys team couldn't complete a rally from a 6-2 deficit and lost 7-6 to Thomas Worthington in a Division I Central Region first-round game last Saturday. Junior Ryan Borcherding scored three times in the fourth quarter to get the Shamrocks back in the game.

Coffman, which beat the Cardinals 8-2 on April 21, finished with a 12-7 overall record under first-year coach Mark Forsythe.

"We unfortunately just made too many mistakes," Forsythe said. "That's about as tough of a loss as you can have."

The Shamrocks lose 11 seniors including attackers Steve Carpenter and Matthew Mack and goalkeeper Sam Gans.

Coffman, which closed the regular season with an 8-6 over Cincinnati Moeller on May 18, tied Thomas for fifth at 2-4 in the OCC-Buckeye Division. Upper Arlington went 5-1 to place first, Jerome, Hilliard Davidson and Worthington Kilbourne each went 4-2 and Dublin Scioto was 0-6.

Last season, the Shamrocks were 9-10 overall and won two league games.

"We will be very strong next year," Forsythe said. "Everybody loses seniors, but we had a very good (junior varsity) team this year and we had a lot of juniors and sophomores who played. We took a step forward as a program this year."

•The Scioto boys team had its worst season as a program, finishing 1-18 overall and winless in the OCC-Buckeye. The Irish lost to Jerome 15-2 on April 14 and to Coffman 15-7 on May 5.

The Irish's only win came when they beat Pittsburgh (Pa.) Franklin Regional 10-9 in overtime in the first round of the MSLCA D bracket tournament May 7.

Scioto lost to Olentangy 13-10 in the play-in round of the Division II tournament May 20.

Brian Zuercher completed his first season as coach of the Irish, who were 8-11 a year ago.

In the tournament loss to Olentangy, sophomore attacker Artem Terentyev scored three goals and junior midfielder Sean Thurn scored two. Sophomores Grant Noppenberger and Tyler Smoot, who each played close defense, and junior Marcus Rossetter, who was a long-stick midfielder, should be other key returnees.

•The Coffman girls team lost to Cincinnati Ursuline Academy 13-8 on May 19 in the first round of the Division I South-Central regional tournament to finish 8-7.

The Shamrocks lose 10 seniors, including offensive leaders Sara Dodson, Kayla Goddard and Grace Maxton.

Junior Lauren Stephens should return next year at goalkeeper and junior Devan Krider and sophomores Claire Grace and Rachel Ulstad also should be back.

Under first-year coach Gena Han, Coffman placed fourth in the OCC-Buckeye at 3-3-1 behind Upper Arlington (7-0), Worthington Kilbourne (6-1) and Thomas Worthington (4-2-1) and ahead of Hilliard Darby (3-4), Jerome (2-4), Hilliard Davidson (1-5) and Scioto (0-7).

"It was quite an eventful season and all of the girls have just matured as people as well as lacrosse players," Han said. "There was a lot of pressure on them since it was such a large senior class, and they never gave up."

•The Jerome girls team lost to Olentangy Orange 22-21 in the first round of the Division II North-Central regional tournament May 20 to finish 7-8-1 overall.

Kelly Becker, who signed with Ohio State last fall, finished with 10 goals in the tournament loss. She was among an eight-member senior class that also included goalkeeper Taylor Goldbeck.

After starting 2-5-1, the Celtics won four of their final six of the regular season, including a 10-8 victory over Coffman on May 11. Jerome defeated Scioto 17-6 on April 13.

Among those eligible to return are juniors Cailey Easdale, Gabby Marotta and Lauren McManamon and sophomores Megan Couper, Victoria Predmore, Emma Schnell, Sarah Scott and Courtney Stein.

•The Scioto girls team struggled to a 4-14 overall finish after winning 10 games a year ago.

The Irish beat Liberty Township Lakota East 16-3 in the play-in round of the Division I South-Central regional tournament before losing to Upper Arlington 17-0 in a first-round game May 20.

Scioto lost five seniors, including Zeenath Ameen (22 goals, 15 ground balls), Katelyn Burke and Stephanie Meister. Senior Hope Brower, who signed in the offseason with Drexel and was expected to be one of the team's top players, did not finish the season with the team.

Sophomore Danielle Livingston finished with 25 goals and 60 ground balls, junior Kelly Staley had 22 goals and 20 ground balls and junior Kaitlyn Gordon added 11 goals and 30 ground balls. Junior Gabby Bernardo led the defense with 23 ground balls.

"I think that the girls coming up are ready for a change and ready to win," coach Lindsay Law said. "They're going to work hard this summer, running and keeping up with their stick skills as well as hopefully attend camps.

"I think changing our attitude and being more positive will help."


At a glance

COFFMAN BOYS

•Record: 12-7 overall, 2-4 (tied for fifth) in OCC-Buckeye •Seniors lost: Evan Bowdy, Michael Brusadin, Chuck Carkhuff, Steve Carpenter, Chris Fannin, Sam Gans, Jacob Gilbert, Matthew Mack, Jared Nagel, Alex Pang and Kenny Reed •Key returnees: Jared Bierbower, Ryan Borcherding, Conner Lucas and Mitch Richert

COFFMAN GIRLS

•Record: 7-6 overall, 3-3-1 (fourth) in OCC-Buckeye •Seniors lost: Sarah Bergman, Megan Cohen, Sara Dodson, Jordan Dooley, Kayla Goddard, Maegan Harder, Hillary Knisley, Kaylyn Lambeck, Grace Maxton and Elaina Tonen •Key returnees: Claire Grace, Devan Krider, Terra Rhoades, Lauren Stephens, Rachel Ulstad

JEROME GIRLS

•Record: 7-8-1 overall, 2-4 (sixth) in OCC-Buckeye •Seniors lost: Kelly Becker, Mackenzie Burness, Brienna Cerrato, Taylor Goldbeck, Eloise Irwin, Jackie Kovatch, Caitlin Staskiewicz and Lauren Stoelk •Key returnees: Cailey Easdale, Gabby Marotta, Lauren McManamon, Victoria Predmore and Courtney Stein

SCIOTO BOYS

•Record: 1-18 overall, 0-6 (seventh) in OCC-Buckeye

•Seniors lost: Michael Dilenschneider, Eric Edwards, Miles Farwick, Brendan Gray, Shane Hasty, Alec Hieatt, Devin Judge, Ryan Kossoudji and Clay Strawser

•Key returnees: Trey Moore, Steven Richardson, Artem Terentyev and Sean Thurn

SCIOTO GIRLS

•Record: 4-14 overall, 0-7 (eighth) in OCC-Buckeye

•Seniors lost: Zeenath Ameen, Katelyn Burke, Stephanie Meister, Ericka Rogers and Thushani Ratnajarah

•Key returnees: Gabby Bernardo, Kaitlyn Gordon, Danielle Livingston and Kelly Staley