Austin Seiple has heard enough stories from his father to know how much the game of high school boys lacrosse has changed over the past three decades.
The Dublin Coffman senior attacker is the son of Steve Seiple, who played for Upper Arlington in the early 1980s and was a letterwinner for Ohio State in 1983.
"They use much different equipment now," said Seiple, who has committed to play for the Buckeyes. "The helmets are not just leather with ties in the back, and the sticks are lighter. My dad, when I was growing up, pushed me to pursue whatever sports I wanted to, so I played football, basketball and baseball and I did a little bit of golf and wrestling. In sixth grade, my dad asked me if I wanted to try lacrosse, and I was pretty good at it."
The Shamrocks likely would agree with that assessment, considering what he's accomplished since becoming a starter as a freshman.
Seiple had 12 goals through seven games this season, giving him 143 for his prep career. He ranks among the top five scorers in program history.
Coffman was 3-5 overall after losing to St. Charles 9-4 on April 14 and is 1-1 in the OCC-Buckeye Division entering its game Thursday, April 17, at Upper Arlington.
It is not certain if Seiple will be in uniform against the defending Division I state champion Golden Bears after sustaining a shoulder injury in a 17-2 loss to league-foe Worthington Kilbourne on April 9.
He did not play in a 12-7 win over Westerville North on April 10 or a 12-7 win over Medina on April 12. He had planned to get undergo an MRI earlier this week to find out the extent of the injury.
The Shamrocks also have been playing without sophomore attacker Jake Dodson, who has a broken collarbone.
"Austin Seiple is obviously a great player and a four-year starter," coach Mark Forsythe said. "We're not a one-person show, but he makes some nice plays when he gets in spaces. He's just a fantastic young man.
"We're starting six sophomores and three juniors. We're going to be fine. We've improved in every game and I'm excited to see where this team can go."
With two of the Shamrocks' top scorers out of the lineup, sophomore midfielder Jack Holland and junior midfielder Andrew Kraly both scored three goals and sophomore midfielders Ryan Boyle and Noah Gleeson both scored two against Westerville North.
Other attackers for the Shamrocks are sophomores Andrew Hunter and Bryson James.
"It's kind of weird to say it, but we're a very experienced and young team because we have so many freshmen and sophomores that start and we've got a relatively small senior class," Seiple said. "I've played varsity since my freshman year and I was able to help (Dodson, Hunter and James) last year and this year we've continued those relationships on the field."
Irish boys working to limit 'IQ errors'
Scioto coach Drew Sraver is seeing the type of determination he believes will produce wins for a program that has had few in recent years.
After winning a combined eight games from 2010-12, the Irish went 1-17 in Sraver's first season last year.
Scioto already has surpassed its win total from a year ago. The Irish beat Buckeye Valley 16-4 on April 11 and were 3-3 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Ohio before playing Olentangy Orange on April 16.
Scioto opened March 26 with a 14-11 win over Pickerington Central and beat Westerville North 10-5 on April 4.
"Right now, it's not a lack of physical effort," Sraver said. "We're seeing some IQ errors right now. We're giving (the players) more board work. We have a lot more football players than last year, so they're used to that. It's a work in progress, but I think our coaching staff has done a nice job."
One tool Sraver has used to teach his players about the finer points of the game are videotapes of college games.
"We always tell them you can't teach (6-foot-5, 220 pounds) and fast, but you can look at North Carolina and their best player, Joey Sankey, is lights-out quick and he's their size (5-5, 150)," Sraver said.
Sophomore Wills Hutras and senior Graham Smith have led a strong midfielder corps. Smith was moved from attacker to the midfield this season.
Seniors Ryan Roll (attacker) and Marcus Myers (defender) and sophomores Nate Mielke (attacker) and Joe Wallace (defender) have been other standouts, according to Sraver.
"Over spring break, we had a bunch of our guys helping out teachers with their yard work," Sraver said. "We're also trying to do a lot of work with the (Dublin Youth Athletics). It's just really cool to see the excitement that's around Scioto right now."
Celtics boys bounce back from loss to UA
The Jerome boys team split its regular-season matchups with Upper Arlington over the past four seasons.
The Celtics, who went on to win Division II state titles in 2010 and '11 before losing in Division I state finals to the Bears each of the past two years, never have played UA as early in the regular season as they did this season.
Jerome lost 10-6 to UA on April 2 and did its best to move past the loss.
The Celtics followed with wins over Northfield (Ill.) New Trier (12-11 in overtime on April 5), Thomas Worthington (16-7 on April 9), Murrysville (Pa.) Franklin Regional (18-6 on April 11) and Pittsburgh Mount Lebanon (15-2 on April 12).
Jerome was 5-1 overall and 1-1 in the OCC-Buckeye before playing Olentangy on April 16.
"We did some things to win the UA game, but there was a lot (of mistakes that were) self-inflicted," coach A.J. Auld said. "I think we're getting opportunities offensively and I (think) our defense (has) played very well. I think we learned that we have some things we need to work on. It is early."
Seniors J.B. Smith and Ian Beith have led the defense and senior Mikey Bano has been a key player on offense, according to Auld.
"The Bano name has been around the program for a long time," Auld said. "His older brother (Joe, 2012 graduate) was more of a two-way (midfielder) for us. I think (Mikey) has a little more of a nose for the cage."