Dublin Coffman High School girls lacrosse player Lauren Stephens had a tough decision to make May 18.

Dublin Coffman High School girls lacrosse player Lauren Stephens had a tough decision to make May 18.

Already having signed with the University of Toledo to play golf last November, she entered her second season as the Shamrocks' starting goalkeeper this spring. Although Coffman split its first 14 games, it held seven of those opponents to 10 goals or fewer.

On the same day the Shamrocks were to play in a second-round game of the Division I South/Central Region tournament, the Coffman senior class took a trip to Cedar Point.

Stephens decided not to go, instead helping the Shamrocks beat visiting Cincinnati St. Ursula 14-9 on May 18.

"To win in (the seniors') last home game is a huge, huge thing," Stephens said. "All of us showed up for the whole game. It was Dublin Coffman lacrosse."

Coffman lost to host Cincinnati Sycamore 15-3 on May 23 in a regional semifinal shortened by bad weather to finish 8-8 overall.

The Aviators were state semifinalists a year ago.

"Sycamore's defense smothered our girls, and Sycamore came up with the ground balls," coach Mike Murphy said. "We played with them the first eight minutes, then their team stepped up the defensive pressure and our girls had trouble reacting to the double and triple teams. Sycamore is a good team, and in the coming years a team we want to compete with."

Against St. Ursula, Brianna Turner scored four goals and Molly Herzfeld and Rachel Ulstad both scored two. Stephens had 14 saves.

"The difference (against St. Ursula) was our midfield play and with our attackers keeping pressure on the other team," Murphy said.

"Brianna Turner was very solid. What I liked was the way we had several assists, which showed that unselfishness."

•The defending state champion Jerome boys team opened the Division II Central Region tournament May 20 by beating Wellington 19-4.

The Celtics advanced to play Hilliard Bradley in a regional semifinal May 25. The winner plays host to DeSales or New Albany in a regional final on Saturday, May 28, with the regional champion advancing to a state semifinal on Wednesday, June 1. The state final is June 4 at Westerville Central.

Against Wellington, Joe Bano scored three goals and James Eastep, Leo Horine, Connor McCann, Mike Peterson and Drake Powers all scored two. Goalkeeper Nick Simonetti had six saves.

•After losing to Jerome 11-6 for the Emerald Cup on May 14, the Coffman boys team bounced back with a 19-0 victory over Westerville South on May 17 in its regular-season finale.

The Shamrocks then defeated Westerville North 18-3 on May 21 in the second round of the Division I Central Region tournament. Coffman had struggled to beat the Warriors 13-11 on May 4.

The Shamrocks advanced to a regional semifinal against Upper Arlington on May 25. The winner plays in a regional final on Saturday, May 28, against Worthington Kilbourne, Westerville South or Olentangy Liberty.

The regional champion plays in a state semifinal on Wednesday, June 1. The state final is June 4 at Westerville Central.

In the tournament win over North, Austin Seiple and Ryan Borcherding each scored five goals. Coach Mark Forsythe was pleased with the midfield play of Zack Abbruzzese, Gunner Gruehl, Ken Kristan, Mitch Richert and Brent Whitehead as well as the play of faceoff midfielder Jerrod Bierbower.

The performance had the Shamrocks feeling optimistic heading into their game against UA, which has won 12 state championships.

"We ran our sets well," Forsythe said. "I thought we played well in the first game we played (against North), but we played very well (May 21). Our midfielders played their best game of the year. Bierbower was a horse. We put in a lot of faceoff work after the Dublin Jerome game."

•The Scioto boys team earned its first postseason victory since 2008 when it defeated host Olentangy Orange 10-7 in the first round of the Division II Central Region tournament on May 18.

The Irish lost to DeSales 10-3 in a second-round game May 20 to finish 4-15 overall.

Against DeSales, senior Trey Moore scored two goals and sophomore Nolan Lee scored one. Against Orange, senior Sean Thum scored six goals.

Thum led a seven-member senior class that also included Tyler Joseph, Stephen Richardson and Marcus Rossetter.

The Irish improved by three wins over last season when they were 1-18.

Scioto went 0-6 in the OCC-Buckeye Division to finish seventh, behind Jerome (6-0), UA (5-1), Kilbourne (4-2), Hilliard Davidson (3-3), Thomas Worthington (2-4) and Coffman (1-5).

Among those eligible to return are juniors Rocco Duco and Tyler Smoot and freshman goalkeeper Michael Turnbull.

"We had our share of ups and downs, but we've been getting better," coach Brian Zuercher said. "It's been since these seniors' freshman year since we've won a playoff game. A win in general is good, but to get some momentum going into the summer is something these young guys can use."

"All of our hard work has been paying off," Turnbull said. "We've struggled the past few years, so it's a good feeling (to win a tournament game)."

•The Jerome girls team opened the Division II North/Central Region tournament with a 22-13 victory over Orange on May 19.

The Celtics improved to 5-10 overall and advanced to a regional semifinal May 24 at Chagrin Falls. The semifinal winner advances to a regional final against Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown or Olentangy on Thursday, May 26.

The regional champion advances to a state semifinal June 3. The state final is June 4.

Against Orange, goalkeeper Morgan Johnson had 12 saves, Gabby Marotta scored eight goals, Victoria Predmore had five goals and Sarah Scott and Cailey Easdale both scored three goals.

Before facing Chagrin Falls, the Celtics had won five of their previous seven games.

"They played really, really well (against Orange)," assistant coach Lauren Carr said. "My girls came together and really, really wanted to win. Everything clicked.

"Megan Couper, Danielle El-Hallal and Maria Foglietti all played really well on defense. We've been good about taking a problem area from the week before and building on what we've been doing. When you've got seven freshmen and only six returning letterwinners from last year, you expect to have a lot of building."

•The Scioto girls team lost to Ursuline Academy 13-7 in the first round of the Division I South/Central Region tournament to finish 1-14-1 overall.

The Irish went 1-3-1 in their last five games, a stretch that included an 11-9 victory over Jerome (April 23), a 10-all tie with Bexley (April 26) and a 12-11 loss to Orange (May 10).

Jenna Best and Cory Kinder are among the biggest reasons for optimism heading into the offseason after becoming key players as freshmen. Gabby Bernardo, Brie Lee, Alyssa Phillips, Danielle Richardson, Killian Sheely and Daniela Villa all were juniors who were key players this season.

Coach Lindsay Law told her team May 20 that she was resigning as she prepares to go to graduate school. She has coached the Irish for the last four seasons.