As it enters its 25th season, the Hilliard Davidson High School boys lacrosse team hopes to send out its seniors with the program's best record for a graduating class.

As it enters its 25th season, the Hilliard Davidson High School boys lacrosse team hopes to send out its seniors with the program's best record for a graduating class.

Last year's seniors graduated with 47 wins over four seasons, and the Wildcats want to better that standard.

"The strength of this year's team is our conditioning and heart," fifth-year coach Jason Godwin said. "The seniors are looking to leave Davidson as the winningest group in a four-year span and we need seven wins to accomplish that goal."

Davidson finished 10-9 overall last year after losing to Cincinnati St. Xavier 17-7 in a Division I South/Central regional tournament second-round game. The Wildcats finished fourth (3-3) in the OCC-Buckeye Division behind Dublin Jerome (6-0), Upper Arlington (5-1) and Worthington Kilbourne (4-2) and ahead of Thomas Worthington (2-4), Dublin Coffman (1-5) and Dublin Scioto (0-6).

The Wildcats lost 16 seniors from last year and have 10 returnees. Senior attacker Nick Joseph (20 goals, 11 assists) and senior midfielder Matt Kausel (15 goals, 6 assists) will be key in the offense with senior midfielder John Wehl, junior attacker Nick Tholt and junior attacker Brian Thomas becoming more involved in the scoring.

Returning senior starter Ahmad Kittaneh will lead a youthful defensive group, including a green tandem of goalies in first-year starter Seth McCall (sophomore) and backup Ian Timan (freshman).

Joseph, Kausel, Kittaneh and Wehl are captains.

"We need to work on ball control and communication" Godwin said. "We will be young and we will make mistakes. We need to learn and grow as the season progresses."

Rounding out the roster are senior Joel Watson (defender) and juniors Landen Gruszewski (defender), Hunter Davidson (attacker), Galen Moore (defender) and Matt St. Clair (midfielder). Sophomores include Brett Annis (midfielder), Alex Blackstoe (midfielder), Mack Burton (midfielder), Tanner Calland (defender), Spencer Cline (defender), Matt Dugan (midfielder), Parker Foard (midfielder), Luke Myers (attacker), Drew Shaffer (attacker), Greg Snauwaert (midfielder) and Andrew St. Clair (defender).

Buck takes over Bradley program

Bradley has a new coach in Andrew Buck. He replaced Dom Marzano, who left to begin a program at Wilmington College.

Buck was the j.v. coach at Davidson last year, and also has coached at Weaver Middle School.

The Jaguars finished 10-8 overall, losing to Jerome 15-3 in the second round of the Division II Central regional tournament.

Bradley finished fifth (2-4) in OCC-Ohio behind Olentangy Liberty (5-0), Olentangy (5-1), New Albany (4-2) and Darby (2-3) and ahead of Olentangy Orange and Gahanna (both 1-5). Darby and Liberty did not make up their final league game.

Seniors Alex Gossard (attacker), Jalen Jackson (midfielder), Austin Johnston (defender) and Logan Muether (goalie) are the team's captains.

Rounding out the senior class is Steven Breen (defender), Josh Czerpak (midfielder), Cody Klein (defender), Richie Knisley (midfielder), Alex Vazquez (defender) and Eli Warner (attacker).

"The strength of our team is the leadership and dedication exhibited by individuals within each class," Buck said. "These individuals work extra hard, whether it be after school, practice or during the offseason, to improve their personal strength and skills. Ultimately, though, the heart of this motivation is team success."

Juniors include Jared Allen (midfielder), Nick Biller (attacker), Max Fleck (defender), Will Matthews (midfielder), Jared Roudabush (midfielder) and Zachary Shomper (attacker). Sophomores include Brandon Cote (defender), Cameron Hart (midfielder), Conner McDunn (midfielder) and Jacob Pugh (defender). Jake Angelo (goalie), Jerrod East (midfielder), Cole Gillfillan (defender) and Jordan Veil (attacker) are freshmen.

"Winning games depends upon accurate passing and catching, and we would like to see our players become more knowledgeable about using the stick," Buck said. "Many times, a player struggles to develop the basic skills due to a poorly built stick, so it is important to know how to properly string, test and adjust a stick to throw well. The subtleties of stringing a stick demand the player to develop a close relationship with the equipment while practicing intensively to make the stick an extension of themselves."

Darby prepares for youth movement

Darby will undergo a youth movement as it tries to improve on a 6-10 overall record from last season, when the Panthers lost to West Chester Lakota West 8-4 in a play-in game for the South/Central regional tournament.

"The strength of our team could come from our youth," third-year coach Rob Schmeling said. "We have 18 freshmen and will expect contributions from many of them. Our defensive unit and attack bring a great deal of experience to our team as well and they will need to continue to work with our underclassmen."

The Panthers have seven seniors, including captains Nick Cory (defender), Kirby Dearth (midfielder), David Jordan (defender) and Toren Moore (attacker). Cory was first-team all-league and Jordan earned honorable mention all-league. David DeGood (attacker), Chris Johnson (midfielder), Spencer Kocher (attacker) and Cameron Leach (midfielder) round out the senior class.

Juniors for Darby include Tyler Dixon (goalie), Alex Martin (defender), Jacob Wende (midfielder) and Zac Ziessler (midfielder). Sophomores include Michael Boyd (attacker), Josh Cundiff (defender), Caleb Ervin (midfielder), Skyler Link (midfielder), Billy Morales (defender) and Zach Rudy (defender).

"Because we are relatively young, we will need our upperclassmen to bring the younger class along," Schmeling said. "With this gap in experience, our team chemistry and cohesiveness will be challenged and we expect our student-athletes to rise to the challenge."