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Girls Lacrosse: Division II regional final

New Albany wins regional title, on to state semifinal

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New Albany's Katie Hernandez (10) reacts as teammate Abby Manning (14) scores a goal against Mariemont during the second half of a girls Division II regional final match at New Albany High School on May 23.

Junior attacker Abby Manning scored five goals to lead the New Albany High School girls lacrosse team to a 13-8 win over visiting Cincinnati Mariemont in a Division II South/Central Region final May 23.

Senior attackers Elaina Enich and Morgan Fee had three goals apiece and senior attacker Morgan Breen and freshman attacker Liza Hernandez each scored one for the Eagles, who won their seventh consecutive regional championship.

New Albany improved to 13-4-1 and advanced to play Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown in a state semifinal May 31 at Thomas Worthington.

The Eagles scored five goals in the middle of the first half, including four in a span of 1 minute, 40 seconds, to take a 7-2 lead. Mariemont, which finished 12-7, cut its deficit to 7-4 late in the half and got within two goals twice in the second half before New Albany sealed the win with goals by Fee, Hernandez and Manning in the final six minutes.

“In the second half, they rode us hard and we made some turnovers and we didn’t take care of some things we thought we should have, but we have a very good, balanced team and we fought back,” Eagles coach Dave Ferguson said. “We’re very proud of where we’re at. (It is) our seventh consecutive year of being regional champs. That is a tremendous credit to the girls who have played in the program.”

Sophomore goalkeeper Kathleen Schell had 10 saves, as the Eagles outshot Mariemont 23-14.

New Albany defeated Hathaway Brown 7-4 in the Cleveland Heights Invitational on April 27.