Skies were clearing to the west, but a dark cloud seemed to hover above the field throughout the Granville High School boys lacrosse team's 16-4 home victory over DeSales in a Division II, Region 3 semifinal last Thursday.

Skies were clearing to the west, but a dark cloud seemed to hover above the field throughout the Granville High School boys lacrosse team's 16-4 home victory over DeSales in a Division II, Region 3 semifinal last Thursday.

"Must have been an omen for us I guess," Stallions coach Matt Triplet said.

A hard rain fell during the first half, and by the time the worst of the thunderstorm was over the Blue Aces held an 8-2 lead after Seneca Watson's goal with 9 minutes, 4 seconds remaining in the second period.

"I'd say the rain and playing at home were to our advantage," senior attacker Seneca Watson said. "They play on turf (at DeSales), and we just came out and played our regular game. The weather didn't bother us one bit."

The top-seeded Blue Aces improved to 15-3 with a seventh consecutive victory and advanced to meet second-seeded New Albany in the regional final last Saturday, with the winner moving on to play in a state semifinal Tuesday. The state final will be played at 2 p.m. Saturday at Upper Arlington. DeSales finished 13-5.

"We should be used to the bad weather we've seen so much of it," coach Kurt Hansen said.

The rain even intensified shortly before halftime, but the Blue Aces managed to expand their lead nonetheless with five goals during the final 5:23 of the second period. Logan Sewell scored three times during that stretch and the other goals came from Nick Caravana and Watson. Sewell finished with six goals, Watson had five and Caravana had four goals and four assists. Caravana scored 18 seconds into the game and added another goal 36 seconds later.

"The first game with them was clean. This one got a little sloppy," said Hansen, whose team also defeated the Stallions 18-10 on April 24. "But we had a great start. In practice last night, (Watson) was saying that's what we needed and that's what we got. It was just what the doctor ordered."

The scoring barrage gave the Blue Aces 213 goals on the season to break the record (202) set last season. They also surpassed last year's record win total (14).

"We're doing what we expected to do," Watson said. "We expected to put up some big numbers."

SOFTBALL -- Licking Valley's season ended with a 2-1 loss to Tipp City Tippecanoe in a Division II regional semifinal last Thursday at Clayton Northmont.

The Panthers got a tying run when Stephanie Cooperrider bunted home Jess Montgomery in the bottom of the fourth inning, but Tippecanoe scored the winning run with two consecutive doubles in the sixth. Licking Valley, making its first regional appearance in nine years, finished 21-9.

Lakewood was 26-4 before playing Piketon in a Division III regional semifinal last Friday, with the winner moving on to play in last Saturday's title game. The regional champion advances to play in a state semifinal at 10 a.m. Friday in Akron's Firestone Stadium.

At a glance

Below is the schedule for the state softball tournament:

THURSDAY -- 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Division I semifinals; 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Division IV semifinals

FRIDAY -- 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., Division III semifinals; 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Division II semifinals

SATURDAY -- 10 a.m., Division I final; 1 p.m., Division IV final; 4 p.m., Division III final; 7 p.m., Division II final