The New Albany High School boys lacrosse team won its first league title and hopes to use the momentum to carry the team through the postseason.

The New Albany High School boys lacrosse team won its first league title and hopes to use the momentum to carry the team through the postseason.

The Eagles went 6-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division to finish ahead of Olentangy Liberty (5-1), Olentangy (4-2), Olentangy Orange (4-2), Gahanna (1-5), Hilliard Bradley (1-5) and Hilliard Darby (0-6).

"This is a great accomplishment for us," attacker Clyde Wallace said. "It's great because we had lost so much in the league in the last few years and now we've shown them that we're no longer the new kid on the block."

Coach Sean McGinnis acknowledged the significance of winning a league title was greater than a single-season accomplishment. New Albany has been trying to establish itself as one of the area's elite and the league title will help the Eagles toward that goal.

"What it does for us, it's something that this whole community can build upon down through the middle school and the youth level," McGinnis said.

"I'm relieved that all the hard work is paying off."

New Albany played Granville last Wednesday in a Division II regional semifinal. The winner advanced to a regional final Saturday against DeSales or Dublin Jerome.

New Albany opened the tournament with a 12-6 win over Olentangy in a second-round game last Saturday.

The Eagles scored the first five goals and led 6-1 after the first quarter and four of Olentangy's goals came in the fourth quarter when New Albany rotated some of its starters out of the game.

Wallace led the Eagles with six goals, four of which came in the first half.

Grant Pendrey and Jay Griffith each had two goals and Brendan Bower and Collin Laviola both had a goal. Connor Hinson had 16 saves.

"It's a weight lifted off our shoulders," McGinnis said. "It gives us a lot of momentum, and this is where we start playing our best."

•The girls team defeated Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame 21-6 in a Division I regional semifinal last Monday.

The Eagles advanced to a regional final today at Mason against Cincinnati Sycamore or Mason. The Eagles beat Cincinnati Sycamore 11-10 on April 24.

New Albany opened the tournament with a 21-2 win over Cincinnati McAuley on May 17.

"It was a pretty easy game for us," coach Scott Hamilton said. "We did not have much competition from their defense. We got on them quickly and we were able to roll."