Hilliard Bradley High School girls lacrosse coach Becky Mottlow was pleased with her team's performance in a 15-9 win over Darby 15-9 on May 1 in an OCC-Cardinal Division game, but added that the contest was about more than just winning.
It was a chance for the Jaguars to play against former teammates and rivals from the youth level. Bradley had that same opportunity nine days earlier when it beat Davidson 15-12.
"The relationship is great (between the Hilliard high school programs) and it's really kind of a family atmosphere," said Mottlow, whose team was 6-5 overall before playing New Albany on May 6. "The players have played together in youth lacrosse and were on the same teams as little girls. Some of my assistants coached (Darby) players and the (players') families know one another. It's always great."
The Jaguars, who finished 4-1 in the OCC-Cardinal, led Davidson 15-5 at halftime.
Kyra Loughridge had five goals to lead Bradley. Gracie Anton added three goals and one assist, Jazmin Rodriguez had two goals and one assist, Brienne Walker had two goals and Alex Anton had one goal and five assists.
"It took us a while (this season) to find our identity as a team," Mottlow said. "I think we now have the chemistry that we need and we're playing like a team."
Kenzie VanCleef had three goals and two assists to lead Darby, which is 5-10 overall and finished 1-4 in the OCC-Cardinal. Bri Rampi added three goals for the Panthers and Nycole Carter scored two.
"A lot of these girls have been playing together and against one another since (participating in the Hilliard Youth Lacrosse Association) when they were 8 or 9 years old," Darby coach Dennis Moore said. "Most of them are good friends and a lot of them even go to Tolles (Career and Technical Center) together."
Darby opens the Division I South/Central Region tournament with a play-in game Monday, May 12, at Cincinnati Anderson. The winner plays at Davidson or Springboro in the first round Wednesday, May 14. The Panthers have yet to play Anderson, Davidson or Springboro this season.
"We have improved a lot from last year and we are playing a lot of sophomores who have no (junior varsity) experience," Moore said. "These kids are fighters and never give up."
Bradley opens the Division I South/Central Region tournament with a play-in game at home against Gahanna on Monday, May 12. The winner plays at defending state champion Upper Arlington in the first round Wednesday, May 14. The Jaguars did not play Gahanna or UA during the regular season.
Wildcats getting set to face Springboro
Davidson was 4-8-1 overall after defeating Gahanna 15-10 on May 5 and finished 0-4 in the OCC-Central.
The Wildcats open the Division I South/Central Region tournament Monday, May 12, with a play-in game at Springboro. The winner plays host to Darby or Cincinnati Anderson in the first round Monday, May 14.
Davidson did not play Darby, Anderson or Springboro during the regular season.
The Wildcats closed league play with a 17-2 loss to UA on May 1 and an 18-5 loss to Dublin Coffman 18-5 on May 2.
Lane Garrett scored both of the Wildcats' goals against UA and Marisa Smock had three saves. Against Coffman, Christine Kausel scored three goals, Rachel Rinehart had two goals and Smock had 11 saves.