Already guaranteed its first winning season, the Hilliard Bradley High School boys lacrosse team took another step by winning its first postseason game.

Already guaranteed its first winning season, the Hilliard Bradley High School boys lacrosse team took another step by winning its first postseason game.

The Jaguars improved to 10-7 overall with a 10-5 victory over Watterson on May 20 in the first round of the Division II Central regional tournament.

"We have accomplished a lot this season and we wanted to make sure we also won our first tournament game," coach Dom Marzano said. "The kids really came out ready to play, taking a 7-0 lead into halftime. They were not going to be denied."

The Jaguars faced a tall order when they played second-ranked Dublin Jerome on May 25. The Celtics were 15-1 after beating Wellington 19-4 on May 20.

"We have to take advantage of any opportunity to score. We can't miss any open looks," said Marzano, whose team has not played the Celtics this season. "But we also have to go out and play to win instead of playing not to lose.

"We will have to control the tempo the best we can and we can't have any unforced errors. We can't throw the ball away."

The winner will be the host team in a regional final on Saturday, May 28, against New Albany or DeSales. The Jaguars lost to DeSales 13-4 on April 1 and lost to New Albany 6-5 on May 4.

Nick Petikas had four goals for Bradley against Watterson and Cameron Elavsky scored twice.

Alex Gossard, Tyler Hay, Jalen Jackson and Nick Sparks all had one goal apiece.

The state semifinals are Wednesday, June 1, and the state final is June 4.

•The Davidson boys were 10-8 overall before playing Cincinnati St. Xavier on May 25 in a Division I Southwest/Central regional tournament second-round game. The winner plays at Mason or Cincinnati Moeller in a regional final on Saturday, May 28.

The Wildcats lost to Mason 10-5 on March 25, but they did not play Moeller this season.

The state semifinals are Wednesday, June 1, and the state final is June 4.

In the first round of the regional tournament, Davidson beat Centerville 6-4. Drew Morrison scored twice while Nick Joseph, Nicky Tholt, Casey Topp and Cody Topp scored once. Adam Lewis had 20 saves.

"Adam Lewis had 20 saves and it was such a low-scoring game that it made a big difference," coach Jason Godwin said. "We tried to take advantage of mismatches and penalties and we played solid on both sides of the ball. We knew our defense would have to play big to win the game and they did."

•The Darby boys finished 6-10 overall after losing 8-4 to West Chester Lakota West on May 19 in a play-in game of the Southwest/Central regional tournament.

The Panthers finished fourth (2-3) in the OCC-Ohio Division behind Liberty (5-0), Olentangy (5-1) and New Albany (4-2) and ahead of Bradley (2-4) and Orange and Gahanna (1-5). Darby and Liberty will not make up their final league game.

After starting the season 2-7, Darby won four consecutive games then lost its final three.

"Having another year together has helped and the guys are trying to understand our philosophy as coaches, and they are buying into what we do as a team and a program," said Rob Schmeling, who completed his second season leading the program. "A lot of that has to do with their added varsity experience, which has made a big difference."

Junior attacker Toren Moore, who was first-team all-league, led the team with 63 points and senior attacker Alex Ghilani had 39 points.

Junior attacker Spencer Kocher had 30 points and senior midfielder Jacob Hooker had 24 points. Junior midfielder Kirby Dearth had 10 goals and five assists.

Bradley's 10-member senior class also includes Ryan Belcher (midfield), Nick Belli (defense), Don Bennett (midfield), Sam Fisher (attack), Harrison Kitts (defense), Nassim Louail (defense), Scott Mitchell (midfield) and Gabe Quinones (midfield).

"We asked a lot of these seniors," Schmeling said. "When I joined the program last year, we reinvented a lot of things and asked these guys to start over.

"In order for us to move forward, they had to embrace a new culture in a short amount of time. I wish we could have these kids for a couple more years because they were just scratching the surface of what they could do. The work they have put in has laid the groundwork for future classes."

Also expected to return for the Panthers are juniors Josh Albert (attack), Nick Cory (defense; first-team all-league), Kirby Dearth (midfield), Chris Johnson (midfield), David Jordan (defense; honorable mention all-league), Cody Klein (defense) and Cameron Leach (midfield; first-team all-league), as well as sophomores Tyler Dixon (goalie), Jacob Wende (midfield) and Zac Ziessler (midfield). Freshman Skyler Link (midfield) also played varsity.

"We have some younger guys that may not have been in the scorebook, but have contributed a lot, " Schmeling said. "We're excited about them and the wave of freshmen joining program next year."

•The Davidson girls finished 6-8 overall, losing to Watterson 9-7 on May 16 in the opening round of the Division I South/Central regional tournament.

"It was an interesting year, but I don't think we achieved the goals that we set for ourselves and we clearly didn't reach our potential," said coach Rob Buroff, who completed his second season of his second stint coaching the program. "Some of that had to do with the weather, our schedule and the way things fell. We had girls missing games because of band, choir, lifeguard orientation ... things like that. Outside interests helped us lose momentum. We lost one game to Olentangy Orange 12-11 (on May 5) and we played without four starters."

The Wildcats finished fourth (3-3) in the OCC-Ohio behind Olentangy (6-0) and both Liberty and Orange (3-2). Jerome and Bradley tied for fifth at 2-4 and Scioto (1-5) was last. Liberty and Orange will not make up their final league game.

Senior defender Aubrey Gilliland and junior attacker Andie Maynard (26 goals, 57 groundballs) were first-team all-league and sophomore midfielder Rachelle Walko (28 goals) and sophomore goalie Maire Austin were second-team all-league. Senior defender Courtney Hilfinger.

The team's senior class also included Becca Carter (defense), Lisa Castiglione (defense), Dani Elefritz (midfield), Colleen Onders (defense), Jenny Pachuta (attack), Tory Peitz (midfield), Kelsey Sicker (midfield), Alyssa Villacres (defense) and Ellie White (attack).

"We had some outstanding examples of leadership, especially Lisa Castiglione and Aubrey Gilliland who were our captains on and off the field," Buroff said. "Aubrey went out, worked hard and with her leadership, she really deserved the all-league honors she received.

"Kelsey injured her hamstring in the fifth game of the season, but kept coming to practice and encouraged her teammates on the sideline during games when she wasn't able to play. That's true leadership."

Other players expected to return are junior defender Laurel Rozenman and freshman goalie Marisa Smock.

•The Bradley girls lost to Columbus Academy 16-6 on May 19 in the second round of the Division II South/Central Region tournament to fall to 7-10 overall.

The Jaguars beat DeSales 13-8 in the opening round on May 16.

Bradley also beat Big Walnut 21-1 on May 11 before falling to Jerome 12-8 on May 13 in an OCC-Ohio game. The Jaguars finished 2-4 in the league.

•The Darby girls lost to Mason 19-4 in the second round of the Division I South/Central Region tournament on May 18. The Panthers beat Pickerington Central 18-2 on May 16 in an opening-round game.

Darby finished 0-5 in the OCC-Buckeye after losing to Worthington Kilbourne 15-9 on May 10. The Panthers closed the regular season with a 21-8 non-league win over Westerville South.