Despite being down two starting midfielders because of injury, the Hilliard Davidson High School boys lacrosse team fought its way back to where it had its season end a year ago.

Despite being down two starting midfielders because of injury, the Hilliard Davidson High School boys lacrosse team fought its way back to where it had its season end a year ago.

The Wildcats defeated Olentangy Liberty 17-15 last Saturday in the first round of the Division I South-Central region tournament to improve to 19-2 and advance to a regional semifinal last Wednesday against Thomas Worthington.

Last year, Davidson lost to Dublin Jerome 13-8 in a regional semifinal.

If the Wildcats are to continue, they must do so without midfielders Troy Campbell and Cody Topp. Campbell, a senior, broke a hand in a 15-2 win over Darby on May 14 and Topp, a junior, broke an arm one day later in a 12-9 win over St. Charles.

"We have to have guys step up in their place and we were able to get that in the first game," coach Jason Godwin said. "Our midfield has eight goals and six assists (against Liberty), so I guess you could say they rose to the challenge. It's going to take a continued effort like that in order to keep winning."

Against Liberty, the Wildcats got three goals from junior J.D. Detmer and two apiece from juniors Derek Hohn and Casey Topp in the midfield. Sophomore Matt Kausel also had a goal in the midfield and senior defenseman Pat Dougherty had two goals and two assists.

The semifinal winner will play in the region final Saturday at top-seeded Upper Arlington or St. Charles. UA defeated the Wildcats 9-5 on April 21 in an OCC-Buckeye Division game.

"Liberty came in and tried to limit us in the attack and we expect that from here on out," Godwin said. "The majority of our scoring comes from the attack, so we'll have to work to score from other places on the field as well."

Through 21 games, senior attacker Sky Strahler, whom Godwin said was named an All-American, had 80 goals and 24 assists, senior Danny Winland had 59 goals with 28 assists and junior Drew Morrison had 45 goals and 57 assists.

•The Davidson girls team played top-seeded Upper Arlington in a Division I South-Central region semifinal last Monday.

The Wildcats improved to 6-10 after defeating Watterson 13-10 on May 19 in the first round of the tournament.

The winner from last Monday plays fourth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne or sixth-seeded Cincinnati Ursuline in a regional final today at Mason. Davidson did not play Ursuline this season, but lost to Kilbourne 14-2 on April 13.

The region champ advances to a state semifinal June 4 at Upper Arlington.

•The Darby girls team finished 9-7 overall after losing to Kilbourne 15-11 in the first round of the Division I South-Central region tournament on May 19.

The Panthers combined to win only seven games the past two seasons, finishing 6-11 last year and 1-13 in 2008.

"The girls started to believe in themselves and that they could play with anyone and compete at a high level," first-year coach Johnny Ulry said. "That was the case with Kilbourne. We were down 10-3 at half and it would have been easy for the girls to quit, but they fought back and won the second half 8-5. The bad thing was that there are two halves in lacrosse, but they chose to fight instead of fold and that is the kind of effort that sets the bar for the program."

The Panthers finished fifth in the OCC-Buckeye at 3-4, behind Upper Arlington (7-0), Kilbourne (6-1), Thomas (4-2-1) and Dublin Coffman (3-3-1) and ahead of Dublin Jerome (2-4), Davidson (1-5) and Dublin Scioto (0-7). A game between Davidson and Jerome on April 20 was canceled because no officials were available.

Darby loses nine seniors in midfielders Sara Bosley, Shannon Hernan, Courtney Hock, Brooke Loughridge and Lauren Tyndall, attackers Alyssa Johnson and Becca Ross, defender Elizabeth Hitch and goalkeeper Corinne Harmon.

"This senior class was phenomenal," Ulry said. "One of their goals was to try to make Darby a program that could be respected in the area and they went above that. They are the footprint of this program in the years to come when we are competing for and winning championships."

Expected to return are juniors Denise Allen (defender), Riley Bennington (attacker), Tori Blatt (attacker) and Korinne Culley (midfielder), sophomores Kata Dorr (defender), Jade Kearly (defender), Jessica Rice (attacker) and Anna Schaiffer (defender) and freshman Realynn Mercer (attacker).

•The Bradley boys team finished 3-14 overall after losing to DeSales 16-4 in a Division II Central region play-in game on May 20.

The Jaguars finished 1-5 in the OCC-Ohio to tie Darby for sixth, behind New Albany (6-0), Liberty (5-1), Olentangy (4-2), Gahanna (2-4) and Olentangy Orange (2-4). They lost their first nine games before defeating Gahanna 10-7 in a league game on April 30. The Jaguars also won non-league games against Pickerington Central (14-13 on May 7) and Delaware (17-8 on May 12).

As a first-year program, Bradley had no seniors.

Expected to return are juniors Connor Babb (defender), Alex Barton (defender), Max Bragg (midfielder), Kyle Eaton (defender), Cameron Elavsky (midfielder), Alex Gossard (defender), Tyler Hay (midfielder), Taylor Mummert (attacker), Nick Petikas (attacker), Frankie Riffe (midfielder), Nick Sparks (attacker), Connor Stephens (defender) and Drew Weber (defender), sophomores Jalen Jackson (midfielder), Austin Johnston (defender), Logan Muether (goalkeeper), Eric Rasberg (attacker) and Eric Warner (midfielder) and freshmen Justin Bowers (attacker), Cody Planck (defender) and Jared Roudabush (midfielder).


At a glance

BRADLEY BOYS

•Record: 3-14 overall, 1-5 (tied for fifth) in OCC-Ohio •Seniors lost: None •Key returnees: Alex Barton, Cameron Elavsky, Austin Johnston, Logan Muether, Frankie Riffe and Nick Sparks

DARBY GIRLS

•Record: 9-7 overall, 3-4 (fifth) in OCC-Buckeye •Seniors lost: Sara Bosley, Corinne Harmon, Shannon Hernan, Elizabeth Hitch, Courtney Hock, Alyssa Johnson, Brooke Loughridge, Becca Ross and Lauren Tyndall •Key returnees: Tori Blatt and Korinne Culley