A rough stretch at midseason didn't get in the way of one of the Dublin Jerome High School boys lacrosse team's annual goals this year.
The Celtics beat Scioto 17-0 on April 17 and built a 7-0 lead on the way to defeating Coffman 13-7 on May 15 to secure its ninth consecutive Emerald Cup trophy in the series between the three Dublin programs.
From April 19-30, Jerome lost four of five, and it also lost to Cincinnati St. Xavier 8-7 on May 11 in the game before facing Coffman.
"We've bounced back from a couple losses," said junior attacker Mikey Bano, whose team is 12-6. "In the first half we jumped all over (Coffman)."
Bano, who is the brother of 2012 graduate Joe Bano and has verbally committed to St. Joseph's, scored five goals against the Shamrocks.
Jerome lost to Buffalo (N.Y.) Timon St. Jude 19-9 in the North American Lacrosse Festival on May 18 at Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice but beat Cincinnati Moeller 7-5 the next day in the event.
The Celtics enter the Division I Northwest Region tournament having given up 10 or more goals just five times this season.
"I think we've started to patch everything up and have been learning from each game," junior close defenseman J.B. Smith said. "There was big pressure this year because we never want to be that team to lose (the Emerald Cup)."
Jerome earned the top seed in the Northwest Region and opens the postseason Saturday, May 25, at home against Whitehouse Anthony Wayne or Scioto. The winner plays Sylvania Southview, Toledo St. John's or Westlake in a regional semifinal Wednesday, May 29. The regional final is June 1.
Olentangy, the second seed in the Northwest, lost to Jerome 13-5 on April 5.
"I felt like we played a great first half (against Coffman) but we made some mistakes that we have to tighten up," coach A.J. Auld said. "(Mikey Bano is) a very good player, a very tough player. It doesn't hurt to have an older brother who played lacrosse.
"Olentangy is a big threat (in the regional tournament). They're a very, very good team."
Coffman girls fall in regional semifinal
The Coffman girls team lost to Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame 13-12 in a Division I South/Central Region semifinal May 20 at home to finish 11-8.
The Shamrocks trailed 13-9 with 4 minutes, 11 seconds remaining but scored three consecutive goals to cut their deficit to one with 46.7 seconds left. The final goal was scored by senior midfielder Lexi Minnick with an assist by senior attacker Brianna Turner.
Coffman got the ball back and called a timeout to set up a play with 39 seconds left, but the Shamrocks committed a turnover and Mount Notre Dame ran out the clock.
"I put them in position to win with that last play," coach Michael Murphy said. "We had four or five other plays that should have been goals that weren't. We were down 13-9 with a couple minutes left and had a chance to tie it. The girls fought back all season like that."
Turner finished the game with four goals and two assists. Minnick had three goals and two assists and midfielder Amanda Freutel and attacker Kelly Murphy both had two goals.
The Shamrocks opened the postseason by beating Hilliard Bradley 15-12 on May 14 and defeated Thomas Worthington 13-12 in the second round May 15 before falling to Mount Notre Dame. They had lost to Thomas 11-7 in an OCC-Buckeye Division contest April 9 and 13-12 in overtime in a regional semifinal last season.
Turner and Minnick both scored five goals and goalkeeper Sarah Watson had 10 saves against Bradley. Turner and Minnick both had four goals in the win over Thomas.
Scioto, Coffman boys set for tourney
The Coffman boys team's loss to Jerome was its seventh in nine games to close the regular season.
The Shamrocks, who got two goals from attacker Austin Seiple and midfielder Chandler Warren against the Celtics, open the Division I Central Region tournament Thursday, May 23, at home against Pickerington North in the play-in round.
Coffman is 8-8.
The winner plays Saturday, May 25, at third-seeded Thomas in a first-round game, with the winner to face top-seeded Upper Arlington, Westerville North or Westerville South in a second-round game Wednesday, May 29. The regional final is June 1.
The Scioto boys team lost to Hilliard Darby 12-9 on May 15 and lost to Westerville South 8-7 on May 20 to close the regular season at 1-16.
The Irish opened the postseason May 22 at Anthony Wayne in the play-in round, with the winner to play at Jerome in a first-round game Saturday, May 25.
Scioto girls again win eight games
The Scioto girls team's season ended with a 16-9 loss May 15 at Loveland in the second round of the Division I South/Central Region tournament.
The Irish, who opened the postseason with a 15-8 win over visiting Pickerington Central on May 13, finished 8-9-1.
After winning just one game in 2011, Scioto went 8-8-1 a year ago.
"(Loveland's) girls were extremely fast and took very hard shots," coach Amanda DeFluiter said. "It was a good experience. They definitely play differently than most of the central Ohio teams we face.
"We definitely got better at our draws and transitions this year and we're definitely going to do fall ball and play in the winter. We have a lot of girls who will be seniors next year."
The Irish went 2-4 in the OCC-Ohio to finish behind Olentangy (6-0), Bradley (5-1), Olentangy Liberty (4-2) and Olentangy Orange (3-3) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (1-5) and Jerome (0-6).
They lose five seniors, including attacker Maggie Brannam, midfielder Halle Lucas and defender Pamela Solano.
Freshman attacker Catherine Howard had four goals against Loveland.
Other key players eligible to return include juniors Angela Lontoc (goalkeeper), Cory Kinder (midfielder), Jenna Best (defender) and Makenna Vargo (defender), sophomores Abby Smoot (midfielder) and Cassie Lee (midfielder) and freshman Amanda Best (midfielder).
According to DeFluiter, Lontoc made first-team all-league, first-team all-district and second-team all-state. Howard scored 50 goals and was first-team all-league, Solano was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-district and Kinder was second-team all-league. Amanda Best was honorable mention all-league.
Jerome girls fall in second round
The Jerome girls team opened the Division II North/Central Region tournament with a 15-4 win over Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin on May 13 but lost 16-3 at Toledo St. Ursula on May 15 to finish 4-14.
The Celtics' other wins came over Wellington (11-6 on April 2), Centerville (6-3 on April 13) and Watterson (15-14 on April 18).
"We did not do a good job of controlling the ball and had poor shot selection (against St. Ursula)," coach Colleen Bender said.
"Our basic stick skills beat us. My goalie, Hayley Hannan, played a great game. If it wasn't for her, the outcome would have been much worse (because) she faced 28 shots."
The Celtics lose three seniors in defenders Maria Foglietti and Lily Perin and goalkeeper Morgan Johnson.
Junior midfielder Maddy Easdale is the top expected returnee. Others eligible to return include juniors Tara Blake (defender), Taylor Giles (defender) and Hannan and freshmen Kailee King (midfielder), Claire Koontz (attacker), Morgan Monaghan (defender) and Kelly Sierschula (midfielder).
"Having an entire team basically back with the loss of only three seniors is a great position to be in as a coach," Bender said. "We need to improve our basic skills prior to the season to be more competitive next year."