In case winning five games during the regular season hadn't already done so, the Hilliard Davidson High School boys lacrosse team made it clear last Friday that last season's disappointment is just a distant memory.

In case winning five games during the regular season hadn't already done so, the Hilliard Davidson High School boys lacrosse team made it clear last Friday that last season's disappointment is just a distant memory.

Playing against a fourth-seeded St. Charles team that had knocked it out of the playoffs the past two seasons and had beaten them 6-1 on April 7, the fifth-seeded Wildcats won 10-9 in overtime in a Division I Region 2 tournament game. Attacker Matt Dodd scored the winning goal 2 minutes, 3 seconds into sudden-death overtime on an assist from junior Zach Hurley, sending teammates and coaches pouring onto the field to celebrate the team's first postseason win since 2002.

"It feels great to finally get a win in the playoffs," Dodd said. "Since my freshman year, we've never won in the first round."

Davidson improved to 6-10 and advanced to play top-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a regional semifinal last Wednesday. The winner of that game will play Dublin Scioto or Dublin Jerome on Saturday in a regional final. The higher seed plays at home.

Late in the game against St. Charles, Davidson looked like it wouldn't need an overtime goal to advance.

After letting a 6-2 lead in the second quarter evaporate, Davidson had regained control, and a goal by Danny Winland put Davidson in front 9-6 with 2:04 to play.

With 1:22 left, St. Charles sophomore Chris Gottron scored one of his four goals to cut the lead to 9-7, and just 12 seconds later David Kenney added another. St. Charles looked like it might be out of chances when goalie Bill Davis made a big save with 12 seconds left, but Gottron managed to tie the score with a wraparound move with 3.5 seconds remaining.

"I was excited when it was 9-6, but then I got a little nervous," first-year coach Jason Godwin said. "I just tried to have the guys keep their composure because we did have a rough start to that half."

"It got frustrating, but I had faith in the team and knew how good our defense was," Dodd said. "They've been our strong point all year. Knowing that they could pull it out, that really helped."

With St. Charles deep in Davidson territory in overtime, defenders collapsed and forced a loose ball, and L.J. Wilson was able to escape from the mess with possession. He passed ahead to Hurley, who took the ball straight toward the goal before passing off to Dodd, who was standing to the left of the goal at point-blank range for the winner.

"It was just a great defensive play by our defense, got a groundball, good clearing," Dodd said. "They turned it into a fast-break transition, and we just capitalized."

•Darby, seeded seventh in Division 1 Region 1, lost to second-seeded Thomas Worthington 16-4 in the first round last Saturday to finish 2-14, the same record it had last season.

"I feel like our schedule this year was much harder than it was last year, so being that we ended up with the same win-loss record, I feel like we had a much better team, both offensively and defensively," first-year coach Joe Wilt said. "I wouldn't characterize it as a success, but I feel like we did make progress."

Wilt said he felt like his team played much better than it had in a 19-6 loss to Thomas on April 16, particularly in the first half of last Saturday's game.

"I felt like the first half of the game we did really well, to be honest," Wilt said. "By the end of the half, the score was 6-1, but in our previous game, by halftime it was a much different game (14-2). Our defense was much more aggressive. They were all over the guys in the middle, so they didn't get any easy shots. Most of the shots they took were from the outside, and our goalie was looking right into the sun."

The Panthers will lose 10 seniors, including two all-region players. Long-stick midfielder Tyler Blatt was named to the first team and attacker Brandon Griffis, the team's second-leading scorer with 18 goals and seven assists, received named honorable mention.

Other seniors are the third-leading goal-scorer in midfielder Ty Cobb, attacker Josh Jacobs (3 goals, 3 assists) and defender Evan Morrisey.

Jacobs played only seven games because of a broken fibula.

Also starting seniors were midfielder Pat Logan and defenders Justin Cordial, Collin Johnson and Andrew White.

Next season, the Panthers expect to rely again on junior attacker Nick Liddil. In his third year as a starter, he had team-highs in goals (39) and assists (18) to push his career totals to 103 goals and 63 assists.

Sophomore Corbin Wolfe is expected to return to the attack after scoring nine goals this season. Sophomores Steven Basiakos and Tyler Smetanko are the top midfielders expected back, and junior Adam Rybinsky should be back as the starting goalie. Junior Collin Moore is the only defender who is a not a senior.

Junior midfielder Chris Howard was moved up from the junior varsity midway through the season and scored his lone goal last Saturday.

At a glance


•Record: 2-14 overall, 0-7 (eighth) in OCC-Buckeye

•Seniors lost: Tyler Blatt, Ty Cobb, Joey Cordial, Patrick Dorsey, Brandon Griffis, Josh Jacobs, Collin Johnson, Patrick Logan, Evan Morrisey and Andrew White

•Key returnees: Steven Basiakos, Chris Howard, Nick Liddil, Adam Rybinsky, Tyler Smetanko and Corbin Wolfe