Having thoroughly asserted its superiority among Division II teams in central Ohio, the New Albany High School girls lacrosse team is just two games away from a possible second consecutive state title.

Having thoroughly asserted its superiority among Division II teams in central Ohio, the New Albany High School girls lacrosse team is just two games away from a possible second consecutive state title.

Despite playing its worst game of the year, according to coach Scott Hamilton, New Albany beat Wellington 13-6 in a regional final May 22. It will play at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Medina soccer stadium against Mentor in a state semifinal, with the winner to play West Chester Lakota West or Richfield Revere in the final at 11 a.m. Saturday.

"If the girls play their game, we should be very competitive with anybody we come across," said Hamilton, whose team is 18-1.

Mentor was a bit of a surprise coming out of the North Region, beating second-seeded Mentor Lake Catholic 10-8 in a regional final May 22. Mentor, which reached a regional final last season, was seeded sixth in the North Region and is just 4-8.

Lakota West improved to 13-6 after beating the South Region's top seed, Cincinnati Summit Country Day, 11-10 in a regional final May 22. Lakota West reached a regional final last season.

Revere is 9-2 after beating Cincinnati St. Ursula 13-11 in a North Region bracket final May 22. Revere won the Club Division championship last season.

"The key is going to be settling the ball on our offense and running our sets because I don't think anybody's going to be able to hold up against us on our settled our offense," Hamilton said. "The fast break is good, but if they don't force it, we won't have any difficulty, I don't imagine. I hate to be too confident, but that's kind of where we are at the moment."

Wellington held the Eagles to a season-low goal total in the regional final, which was played at DeSales, but the Eagles still managed to pull out a fairly comfortable victory.

"I think we played a little sloppy (against Wellington)," said Hamilton, whose team averages 19.3 goals against Division II opponents. "We came in a little overconfident and I know we can play a lot better. Wellington came to play and did a nice job. They deserved to come as close as they did."

The scored was tied at 2 with 11 minutes, 38 seconds left in the first half, but New Albany had a 6-3 advantage at halftime.

Cara Hernandez scored 49 seconds into the second half to start a 7-1 run that put the game out of reach. Shelby Passias scored four goals for the Eagles and Molly Hamilton and Hernandez had three.

"We know every team we face is tightening up things," Passias said. "We were playing pretty sloppy so the coaches really got into our heads and we came together at halftime."

For the Jaguars, Nicole Dahl led with two goals.

•The boys team, which was seeded seventh in Division II region 2, played Johnstown last Tuesday.

The winner will play today against Watterson or Wellington. New Albany beat Watterson 12-11 on May 2 and Wellington 8-2 on May 13.

The winner today will advance to a regional final Saturday against Granville, Bexley, DeSales or Gahanna at the location of the higher seed. Granville was the only regional team to beat New Albany during the regular season, 5-4 onApril 30.

New Albany was 7-8 before last Tuesday.