Sam Mintos didn't finish his football career as the starting quarterback, but the Granville High School senior still is putting that preparation to good use.

Sam Mintos didn't finish his football career as the starting quarterback, but the Granville High School senior still is putting that preparation to good use.

The midfielder scored a goal but more importantly gave out five assists as the boys lacrosse team defeated visiting DeSales 11-7 in the second round of the Division II Region 3 tournament last Thursday.

"He played a lot of quarterback for the football team," coach Kurt Hansen said of Mintos, who went on to contribute in other ways once Cory Becher established himself as the starter. "When you play quarterback for a passing team you develop good downfield vision. Sam has had a nice tournament, a nice season."

The top-seeded Blue Aces improved to 13-3, setting a program record for wins in a season. They advanced to meet Watterson in the regional final last Saturday. The sixth-seeded Eagles reached that match by eliminating two higher seeds, including second-seeded New Albany 9-8 last Thursday.

Logan Sewell scored three goals last Thursday for Granville, which scored a combined 28 goals in its opening two postseason games. Seneca Watson and Nick Caravana contributed two goals for the Blue Aces, who led only 6-5 at the half but pulled away with a 3-1 advantage during the fourth period.

"Our attack has been very good," Hansen said. "It was a nice comfortable win in the long run on a pretty hot day. We had more bodies."

Hansen has placed an emphasis on conditioning all season, fully expecting still to be playing once the weather warmed up. The Blue Aces advanced to the state tournament each year from 2004-06 and a regional semifinal last spring.

"One thing we've tried to do throughout the year is use a lot of people," Hansen said. "We condition a lot. We do a lot of drills trying to stay in shape."

All four No. 1 seeds qualified for regional finals, including defending state-champion Cincinnati Mariemont in Region 4. The others were Hunting Valley University School in Region 1 and Solon in Region 2. The Blue Aces lost to Mariemont 12-5 on May 10 as a 10-game winning streak ended, but in the next four games outscored their opponents by a combined 58-16.

Mariemont is anchored by a quartet of four-year starters on defense and one of the state's most dangerous attackers in Drake Peterson, a Division I college prospect.

The winner last Saturday advanced to a state semifinal Wednesday, most likely against Mariemont at a site and time to be determined today. The championship game is Saturday.

The Blue Aces defeated Bexley 17-3 in their postseason opener last Tuesday. Watson and Sam Mack scored three goals to pace the attack. Eleven players scored, with Sewell and Grant Davis scoring two.