Considering the large numbers each have in their freshman and sophomore classes, the future looks good for the Dublin Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high school girls lacrosse teams.

Considering the large numbers each have in their freshman and sophomore classes, the future looks good for the Dublin Coffman, Jerome and Scioto high school girls lacrosse teams.

How quickly those players mature also will have a major impact in how much success the three programs have this spring in what likely will be a season of transition for each.

One factor that should help Jerome and Scioto is that the OCC has realigned.

Coffman remains in the OCC-Buckeye Division along with Hilliard Darby, Thomas Worthington, Upper Arlington and Worthington Kilbourne, while New Albany is new to the league. Jerome and Scioto will be with Hilliard Bradley, Hilliard Davidson, Olentangy, Olentangy Liberty and Olentangy Orange in the OCC-Ohio.

Last season, Coffman placed fourth in the OCC-Buckeye at 3-3-1 behind Upper Arlington (7-0), Kilbourne (6-1) and Thomas (4-2-1) and ahead of Darby (3-4), Jerome (2-4), Davidson (1-5) and Scioto (0-7).

The Shamrocks beat Scioto 17-13 but lost to Jerome 10-8, while the Celtics beat the Irish 17-6 a year ago.

Coffman has a new coach for the second consecutive season.

Mike Murphy, who has been coaching lacrosse for the last seven years with Dublin Youth Athletics, took over last September. He replaced Gena Han, who coached the team last spring before resigning in the offseason.

Under Han, Coffman went 7-6-1 overall and lost to Cincinnati Ursuline Academy 13-8 in the first round of the Division I South-Central regional tournament.

"We are a work in progress with just five returning letterwinners and not many who saw time at the varsity level in the 2010 season," Murphy said. "The coaching staff and I have thrown a lot at the team and it is starting to click. We've been able to build each day on what we did the previous days in practices, and the same can be said for our scrimmages."

Seniors Devan Krider (midfielder), Lauren Stephens (goalkeeper) and Megan Sweet (defender) are the captains. Stephens made second-team all-district last year and is in her third season as the team's goalkeeper.

Also back at midfielder are juniors Claire Grace, Terra Rhoades and Rachel Ulstad. Sophomores Sara Cassidy, Amanda Fruetel and Lexi Minnick are others at the position.

Juniors Hannah Abbruzzese, Molly Herzfeld and Maria Letizia, sophomore Brianna Turner and freshman Kylie Kayser should comprise the attack.

On defense, junior Mary Kate Lewis, sophomore Steffi Zepp and freshmen Kelly Murphy and Emma Workman should join Sweet.

"The best thing about this team will be our versatility," coach Murphy said. "For the three seniors, I view this as a chance for them to set the bar high for future teams."

Coffman lost 10 players to graduation, including Sara Dodson, Kayla Goddard and Grace Maxton from its offense.

Jerome has 45 athletes playing this spring, with nearly half coming from the freshman class.

Back to lead the way are senior midfielders Cailey Easdale and Gabby Marotta and juniors Megan Couper (defender), Victoria Predmore (midfielder), Emma Schnell (midfielder) and Sarah Scott (attacker).

"My team is extremely young this year," said Colleen Bender, who enters her seventh season as coach. "We've only got about six girls back with varsity experience. They have a lot to carry on their shoulders, but those girls are all good leaders and can contribute everywhere on the field.

"We have about 19 or 20 freshmen, which is a great way to build the program. I want to say that we'll have four freshmen on varsity, and they'll all be playing a lot."

Jerome finished 7-8 overall last season, losing to Orange 22-21 in the first round of the Division II North-Central regional tournament.

Kelly Becker, who signed with Ohio State before last season, is a 2010 graduate who scored 10 goals in the tournament loss. She was among an eight-member senior class that also included goalkeeper Taylor Goldbeck.

Scioto is hoping to get a boost from a freshman class that includes Jenna Best and Cory Kinder, players who fourth-year coach Lindsay Law called "hard workers" with "great stick skills."

"I'm really impressed by their attitudes and hard work, so I think they'll make a name for themselves," Law said.

That duo should join seniors Anujanaa Baskaranathan (midfielder/defender) and Sam Colello (defender) and junior Gabby Bernardo (midfielder/defender) as key players.

Also looking to contribute are juniors Brie Lee (midfielder/defender), Alyssa Phillips (attacker), Danielle Richardson (defender), Killian Sheely (attacker) and Daniela Villa Cruz (attacker).

Others on the team should include junior Maria Torres (defender) and sophomores Maggie Brannam (midfielder), Halle Lucas (attacker/midfielder), Pamela Solano (midfielder) and Merritt Weirick (goalkeeper).

Last season, Scioto 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.

The Irish finished with a 4-14 record and lost five players to graduation, including Zeenath Ameen (22 goals, 15 ground balls). Senior Kelly Staley and junior Danielle Livingston, who finished with 22 and 25 goals, respectively, last season, are not back with the team.

"They're ready for the season and are working hard," Law said. "We have a lot of freshmen with great attitudes and a love for the sport, which is great to see. Our junior and senior classes have been great role models in showing the young girls what is expected and what Irish lacrosse is.

"These girls have great hearts and work really hard. I'm excited for the season and I know they are as well. They're working hard together as a team."