Jason Godwin has coached the Hilliard Davidson High School boys lacrosse team to a program-record 12 wins for a second consecutive season.

Jason Godwin has coached the Hilliard Davidson High School boys lacrosse team to a program-record 12 wins for a second consecutive season.

But now the third-year coach wants to see if the Wildcats can return to their early-season form as they plow through the toughest part of their schedule.

Davidson endured its first loss of the season when it fell to Upper Arlington 9-5 in an OCC-Buckeye Division game on April 21, but that's just the first of many hurdles the Wildcats face in the coming weeks.

"We're in a tough spot now," said Godwin, whose team was 12-1 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Buckeye before playing Dublin Coffman last Wednesday. "We're coming off a loss and we still have a tough road to go. We (played) Coffman (last Wednesday) and then play (Dublin) Jerome (on Wednesday) and then play (Worthington) Kilbourne (on May 12), and that's a tough road. The second half of the season is definitely tougher than the first half."

The schedule may have been stacked against Davidson before playing Upper Arlington.

The Wildcats never have beaten UA and the Golden Bears were coming off a 5-4 loss to Thomas Worthington on April 17.

"I never have heard of UA losing twice in a row and I've been around central Ohio lacrosse for more than 20 years," Godwin said. "Factor in that they were coming off of a loss and that we were coming in undefeated and that they wanted to put an end to that, they just came in ready to play."

Davidson jumped out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by attacker Sky Strahler, but trailed 4-1 after one quarter.

"We scored the first goal and then they came out and controlled the game," Godwin said. "But even though we were down 4-1 after the first quarter, we were still in the game. We wanted to possess the ball a little better and not let them make the feeds. We did that and won the second quarter 2-1 and felt confident at halftime (despite trailing 5-3)."

But UA scored 46 seconds into the third quarter and twice in the final minute of the quarter to open an 8-4 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

"That last goal (of the third quarter) was kind of a dagger in the heart," Godwin said. "They scored to go up 7-4 in the final minute and then they won the faceoff and went down and scored with 20 seconds left and that killed us. It's not too much to get three goals in a quarter, but being down 8-4 was a lot to overcome."

Trailing UA by four goals heading into the final quarter is a major challenge because the strength of the Golden Bears lies in their defense. Through seven games, UA had not allowed more than six goals and only gave up five in its loss to Thomas.

"We only got off 19 shots and we usually are in the upper 20s or lower 30s every game," Godwin said. "Their goal was to shut down our strength and play strength on strength. We're an attack-oriented team and they have very good defenders, and that was kind of a stalemate for us."

"They were coming off of a loss and they played their best game against us and we didn't play our best game," senior defender Pat Dougherty said of the loss to UA. "It maybe humbled us and, even though we're a good team, we need to work hard in practice so hopefully we play them again in the future."

The Wildcats bounced back with an 11-10 win over Cincinnati Sycamore last Friday on a rain-soaked turf.

"For some reason, it's always a tough, sloppy game when we play (Sycamore)," Dougherty said. "We slugged it out in the rain and our man-down defense had a nice stand late in the game to hold on for the win. Our offense met its goals because we scored a lot of points and our defense didn't play as well, but we still held them off for the win."

That victory was the 12th of the season for Davidson, tying the program record that was set in 1994 when the Wildcats finished 12-4 and was matched last season when they finished 12-8.

"One of our goals at the beginning of season was to continue what we had done last year and become the best team in (program) history," Godwin said. "Winning 13 or more games was always a goal and we thought it was realistic. We have the kind of attitude that our juniors and seniors want to keep on adding to. And we might have even more help in the future since our feeder team at Memorial Middle School has started 4-1. I like the direction the program seems to be headed."

•The Davidson girls team had its OCC-Buckeye game April 20 against Jerome postponed because there were not enough officials available on that date to cover the game.

"The schedule is so tight with 15 games in five weeks that I don't even know if we're going to be able to make that game up," coach Mark Buroff said. "Things were so bad that I even refereed a game (on April 21)."

The Wildcats were 1-7 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Buckeye before playing Darby last Tuesday.

"We still haven't put together a full game of lacrosse, but we're continuing to work on the fundamentals and continue to make strides," Buroff said. "We're better than we were a year ago and better than we were at the beginning of the season, but it takes a long time to break old habits.

"Plus, the (junior varsity) team is making progress and was 4-3 (before last Tuesday). Megan Hemmeler and Amber Gilliland have done a great job working with the girls and getting the j.v.'s to step up and learn the sport."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Bradley, Darby and Davidson boys and girls lacrosse teams:


April 21 - Lost to Watterson 13-4. Justin Bowers, Nick Petikas, Frankie Riffe and Nick Sparks scored and Logan Muether had nine saves and Brian Starbuck had two saves.

Last Saturday - Lost to Granville 8-4. Cameron Elavsky and Riffe each scored two goals and Muether had 11 saves.

Last Wednesday - Played DeSales

*Friday - Home vs. Gahanna

*Wednesday - At Olentangy Liberty

Of note: The Jaguars were 0-8 overall before last Wednesday and are 0-4 in the OCC-Ohio.

*OCC-Ohio game


April 20 - Lost to Watterson 17-7

*April 21 - Lost Westerville Central 11-7

Last Friday - Lost to Hartley 9-6

*Last Tuesday - Played New Albany

Last Wednesday - Played Columbus School for Girls

Friday - At Bexley

Tuesday - At Big Walnut club

*Wednesday - At Westerville North

Of note: The Jaguars were 0-8 overall and 0-3 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Ohio game


*April 21 - Lost to Olentangy Orange 9-4. Jacob Hooker and Corbin Wolfe each scored two goals and Jeff Smith had eight saves.

*April 22 - Lost to Olentangy 14-5. Lance Cordova, Spencer Kocher, Cameron Leach, Toren Moore and Wolfe scored. Smith had nine saves and Tyler Dixon had 10 saves.

*Last Wednesday - Played New Albany

Friday - At Dublin Coffman

Wednesday - Home vs. Pickerington North

Of note: The Panthers were 1-8 overall and 1-4 in the OCC-Ohio before last Wednesday.

*OCC-Ohio game


April 22 - Defeated Olentangy Orange 12-9. Korinne Culley and Alyssa Johnson each scored four goals and Tori Blatt and Sara Bosley each had two goals. Brooke Loughridge also had a goal and Corinne Harmon had 16 saves.

*Last Tuesday - Played Davidson

Today - Home vs. Westerville South

*Monday - At Dublin Scioto

Tuesday - Home vs. Gahanna

Of note: The Panthers were 4-4-1 overall and 1-3 in the OCC-Buckeye before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Buckeye game


*April 21 - Lost to Upper Arlington 9-5. Sky Strahler had two goals and Derek Hohn, Casey Topp and Danny Winland each scored one. Adam Lewis had 10 saves.

Last Friday - Def. Cincinnati Syca-more 11-10. Winland scored five goals, Drew Morrison had three goals and Strahler scored two. Lewis had six saves.

*Last Wednesday - Played Dublin Coffman

Friday - Home vs. Westerville North

*Wednesday - Home vs. Dublin Jerome

May 7 - Home vs. Westerville Central

Of note: The Wildcats were 12-1 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Buckeye before last Wednesday.

*OCC-Buckeye game


*April 20 - Game at Dublin Jerome postponed because referees were not available. Makeup has yet to be announced.

Last Friday - Lost to Bexley 10-9. Erin Hamilton and Kali Snyder each had three goals. Carly LaRosa, Jenny Pachuta and Tory Peitz also scored. Elizabeth Lease had seven saves.

*Last Tuesday - Played Darby

Last Wednesday - Played Hartley

Friday - Home vs. Olentangy Liberty

Saturday - At DeSales

*May 6 - Home vs. Dublin Coffman

Of note: The Wildcats were 1-7 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Buckeye before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Buckeye game