There weren't many good feelings when the DeSales High School boys lacrosse team walked off the field April 22 after falling to Westerville Central 8-4.

There weren't many good feelings when the DeSales High School boys lacrosse team walked off the field April 22 after falling to Westerville Central 8-4.

The Stallions were off to their best start, but a lot of that sense of history was lost in the first defeat of the season.

"So far the season has gone in a fairly positive direction," coach Matt Triplet said. "I don't think we gave our best effort. We didn't come out as fired up as we have in the past two games."

Those games were wins over Bexley (9-5 on April 10) and Watterson (8-2 on April 17). Against Central the offense started slowly. Then in the second half, every time the Stallions tied the game, the Warhawks seemed to score immediately.

Central didn't put any distance between the teams until the game was out of reach in the final quarter.

But even with the loss, the reality is the way the Stallions have started the season suggests this could be the best team DeSales has fielded in its fourth year as a program.

The best season in terms of record was in 2005 when the Stallions finished 7-5 and played as a Division III team.

The Stallions were moved in 2006 to Division II, where they remain.

DeSales was 2-13 in 2006 and 3-10 last season.

With three wins before last Wednesday's game against Big Walnut, the Stallions had equaled last season's win total. They also beat Johnstown 15-7 on April 1.

Part of the reason for the fast start has been the strong play of junior attacker Mike Sarson, who scored 15 goals in the first five games but was held scoreless against the Warhawks. Sarson had six goals against Bexley and five against Watterson.

Sophomore Joe Salerno has solidified the goalkeeper spot the way the team had anticipated he would before the season started. Salerno, who had played for the club hockey team for two seasons, has made the adjustment to lacrosse, starting every game in his first year. He had made 63 saves before last Wednesday and had a 65.6 save percentage.

The thing that the hurt the Stallions against Central -- and it will be a point of emphasis the rest of the season -- was keeping opposing attackers from penetrating too close to the goal with the ball.

"Our goalie saw virtually every shot from five feet in front and we don't expect him to make that save," Triplett said after the loss. "God bless him if he does, but I think our defense played a little more tentative than we would have liked."

But unlike the girls program, which is in its second season and has spent a lot of time teaching the basics of lacrosse, the boys team is in a position now that it's refining the smaller details -- making shots more accurate and keeping aggressive on defense.

Senior midfielder Corbin Steinhaus, who was tied for third on the team in goals (5) with sophomore midfielder Tim Wetta -- both trail Sarson and junior attacker Sean Gill (10) -- said the Stallions have the skill to finish with the best record in program history, they just need to continue to bring their best effort.

"Pretty much that we just can't walk on the field and expect to win," Steinhaus said. "Nothing's going to be handed to us. It's just intensity and coming to play."

•The hockey team will be looking for a new coach for the second year in a row as coach Tom Maxwell will not return after one season.

Next year the Stallions will be coached by their third coach in three years as a varsity program. Maxwell, who took over for Greg Andreason before last season, guided the Stallions to a record of 8-28-1 overall and 1-11-1 in the Capital Hockey Conference.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the DeSales boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse teams:

BOYS LACROSSE

April 22 -- Lost to Westerville Central 8-4. Sean Gill, Ben Janszen, Joey Kenney and Corbin Steinhaus scored.

April 24 -- Lost to Granville 11-10 (OT)

Last Wednesday -- Played Big Walnut

Friday -- At Wellington

Wednesday -- At Gahanna

Of note: The Stallions were 3-2 before last Wednesday.

GIRLS LACROSSE

April 22 -- Def. Westerville Central 11-8. Laura Treneff scored five goals and Keyone Castleman had 11 saves.

April 24 -- Def. Westerville South 11-5. Treneff scored five goals. The Stallions led 6-3 at halftime.

Today -- Home vs. Pickerington

Wednesday -- At Wellington in regular-season finale

Of note: The Stallions are 2-6.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the DeSales baseball, softball, tennis, boys and girls track and field, boys lacrosse and girls lacrosse teams:

BASEBALL

*April 21 -- Defeated St. Charles 7-1

*April 22 -- Def. Worthington Christian 26-0

*Last Friday -- Def. Ready 20-3

Last Saturday -- Def. Licking Valley 10-0

*Last Monday -- Def. Hartley 8-6

*Last Wednesday -- Played Watterson

*Friday -- At St. Charles

Saturday -- At Dublin Coffman vs. Coffman and Cleveland St. Ignatius

*Monday -- Home vs. Worthington Christian. The Stallions won 11-1 on April 10.

*Wednesday -- Home vs. Ready

Of note: The Stallions were 13-2 overall and 6-0 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

*April 22 -- Def. Worthington Christian 18-0

*April 24 -- Lost Watterson 3-2

Last Friday -- Def. Jonathan Alder 6-5

Last Saturday -- Lost to Cleveland Heights Beaumont 4-3; lost to Fostoria 9-2

*Last Monday -- Def. Hartley 5-0

*Last Wednesday -- Played Ready

Today -- Home vs. Reynoldsburg

Saturday -- At Keystone Lagrange vs. Lagrange and Elyria

Monday -- At Fairbanks

Tuesday -- Home vs. Pickerington North

Of note: The Stallions were 8-9 overall and 3-3 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

TENNIS

*April 23 -- Def. Worthington Christian 5-0

*April 24-- Def. Hartley 4-1. Winners were Myles Harris (6-0, 6-0), John Acomb (3-6, 6-2, 7-5) and Steve Funk (6-3, 6-3) in singles and Michael and Paul Rosile (6-1, 6-4) in doubles.

Saturday -- Finished eighth (6) in Worthington Cup behind champion Worthington Kilbourne (13)

*Last Wednesday -- Played Watterson

*Today -- Home vs. St. Charles

Monday -- At Groveport

*Wednesday -- At Ready

Of note: The Stallions were 2-7 overall and 2-0 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

TRACK & FIELD

Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished third (87) behind Hilliard Darby (110) and Bellefontaine (94) in Piqua Invitational; Girls: Finished third (57) behind Darby (128) and Canal Winchester (81)

Last Tuesday -- Competed at Liberty Union

Friday -- At Marion Harding Night Relays

Tuesday -- Home vs. Whitehall

*CCL contest