After competing at the club level since its first year in 2010, the Marysville High School boys lacrosse team played several Division I opponents during the regular season and participated in the Division II Central/Northwest Region tournament for the first time.
The Monarchs finished 6-12 overall after losing to Columbus Academy 18-4 in the play-in round May 21.
Marysville also competed in the OCC for the first time and finished seventh in the OCC-Ohio Division at 0-6, behind Olentangy Orange (6-0), New Albany (5-1), Hilliard Darby (4-2), Hilliard Bradley (3-3), Dublin Scioto (2-4) and Gahanna (1-5).
The Monarchs' six league opponents competed in the Division I postseason.
After winning two of its first three games, Marysville lost nine in a row before winning four of its final six.
"This season had its challenges, moving into the OCC and Division II, but it also provided us with some great opportunities for growth as a program because we faced some strong competition," coach Art Baschnagel said. "We also suffered some injuries with key players that slowed us down. Our younger guys stepped up and learned to fill those shoes, but it definitely set us back."
Marysville will participate in the Division II tournament next season before moving to Division I in 2016.
The Monarchs lose eight players to graduation, including midfielder Aaron Carpenter, who had 30 goals and four assists and was named first-team all-league.
Senior defender Steve Milroy was honorable mention all-region and all-league, and sophomore defender Ashton Guthrie was honorable mention all-region.
Senior midfielder Chris Phillips had 29 goals and seven assists, junior attacker Blake Curry had 20 goals and 10 assists, senior attacker Casey Little had 15 goals and 15 assists and senior attacker Jacob Burge had 15 goals and five assists.
Sophomore Dane Marlatt started in goal.
Others eligible to return are juniors Gage Auxter (midfielder), Alec Rich (attacker), Van Rumler (defender), Keano Smith (defender) and Jared Wolfe (midfielder) and sophomores Andrew Blumenshein (defender) and Wyatt Burge (attacker).
Girls lacrosse team finishes with one win
The girls lacrosse team finished 1-13 overall under first-year coach Michael Burnes.
He was an assistant in 2013 before replacing Amanda Warner, who resigned after last season.
Marysville's win came in its opener April 5 against Chillicothe, 13-12 in overtime.
"It was challenging," Burnes said. "Obviously, I'm disappointed with the overall results. One and 13 is disappointing, but I enjoyed myself. I appreciated that the girls didn't give up. I made some pretty drastic changes midway through the year and they did their best to kind of roll with them."
Burnes said the biggest change was switching from man-to-man to zone defense.
The Monarchs lost at New Albany 20-3 in the first round of the Division I South/Central Region tournament May 12.
Attacker Courtney Hickey, who was one of 10 seniors, led the team in scoring with 22 goals and three assists.
Sophomore midfielder Karlee Basinger had 16 goals and an assist, junior attacker/midfielder Moriah Taylor had nine goals and an assist, senior attacker Brandi Dalton had eight goals, and senior midfielder Christina Peck and sophomore midfielder Emily Hunt each had six goals and an assist.
Senior goalkeeper Cassie Todd had 153 saves.
Others eligible to return are junior Danny Crowder (midfielder/attacker), sophomores Steph Brogan (defender), Katie Hiser (defender), Kristen Nelson (attacker), Megan Merrick (attacker) and Kourtney Minor (attacker) and freshmen Kaylynn Borror (defender), Jessica Gingras (attacker), Hannah Schultz (defender) and Mackenzie Smegal (defender).
Competing in the OCC for the first time, Marysville went 0-5 in the OCC-Cardinal to place sixth behind Worthington Kilbourne (5-0), Bradley (4-1), Dublin Jerome (3-2), Scioto (2-3) and Darby (1-4).
Kilbourne went on to win the Division II state title.
Boys tennis team eyes bright future
With six key players expected to return, boys tennis coach Brian Ash expects a bright future for his program.
The Monarchs finished 6-13 overall and went 3-4 in the OCC-Central to place fifth behind Upper Arlington (7-0), Dublin Coffman (6-1), Hilliard Davidson (5-2) and Olentangy Liberty (4-3) and ahead of Thomas Worthington (2-5), Westland (1-6) and Central Crossing (0-7).
"It was a tougher season than I expected, especially with five 3-2 losses," Ash said. "I really hope to turn those around next year."
Expected back are juniors Javan Bushong (first singles), Collin O'Conner (second singles) and Austin Noland (third singles).
Others expected to return are junior Devin Syar and sophomores Grant Martin and Dom Sara. Syar was 13-9 playing with various partners at first doubles and Martin saw time at third singles.
Ash must replace 2014 graduates Steven Britt and Kyle Pratt, who went 12-9 playing primarily at second doubles.
Hunter Cox is another key loss to graduation.
"All three played doubles and had winning records," Ash said of the seniors. "I was able to go into most matches knowing that they'd come up with a win."
Marysville competed in a Division I sectional tournament May 16 and 17 at Davidson, with the top four finishers in singles and doubles advancing to district May 23 and 24 at Davidson.
In doubles, Syar and Sara reached a district-qualifying match before losing to Orange's Stephen Spezzano and Ramandeep Vilkhu 6-1, 7-5. Syar and Sara defeated Centennial's Weston Clarke and Ben Bendolph by default and Thomas' Zach Graham and Sam Chen 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.
Britt and Pratt in doubles and Bushong in singles went 1-1. Noland was 0-1 in singles.