Since losing to non-league Dublin Coffman 21-6 on April 18, the Gahanna Lincoln High School girls lacrosse team has gotten a lift from its defense.
The Lions put together a season-best defensive performance during a 15-4 win over Big Walnut on April 27 to improve to 4-0 in the OCC-Central Division.
Gahanna played league-foe Pickerington North on April 30 and closes the league schedule Friday, May 3, at Pickerington Central and Saturday, May 4, against visiting Westerville South.
"We've started to make other teams have to get assisted goals to score on us," coach Brooke Eisenacher said.
Seniors Bianca Brutovski and Becca Scowden have led a defense that has been forced to play without senior defender Taylor Kulow, who is out with a knee injury.
Others on defense have included junior Amy Bott, senior Maggie Maley and sophomore Natalie Shotts.
Through seven games, senior Kelsey Francis (attacker) had 19 goals and senior Bre Moser (midfielder) had 18 goals.
"Our stick skills are starting to get better," Eisenacher said. "We still are doing some good things. Our transition is getting better, as is our crease defense. I feel like my offense is really strong. The area we're still working on is transition. Once we get on offense, I've got girls who can get it in the goal."
Track teams win meets
The boys and girls track and field teams each captured titles last weekend.
The boys team scored 145 points to easily top a 15-team field in the 59th Bellaire Relays on April 27. Winning titles were senior Riak Reese in the 100 meters (10.8 seconds), 200 (22.2) and 400 (49.9), senior Luke Mokma in the discus (156 feet, 7 inches) and the 1,600 relay (3:34). Finishing second were Mokma in the shot put (50-7 1/2), senior Kevin Pullen in the pole vault (10-6), the 440 shuttle hurdles (1:01.6) and the 3,200 relay (8:33.1).
The girls scored 167 points to top a 15-team field in the Gazette/Friends of Coal Relays in Charleston, W.Va., on April 27. Winning titles were senior Daniella Johnson in the 100 (12.58) and long jump (17-1 1/4), sophomore Sami Shaw in the 400 (59.48), sophomore Sydney Stokes in the 300 hurdles (46.76), senior Reyna Montgomery in the high jump (5-2), the 400 relay (48.12), the 410 shuttle hurdles (1:05.06), the 800 relay (1:43.69) and the 3,200 relay (9:50.54).