The DeSales High School girls lacrosse team will look to show Watterson it has improved significantly in the last two years when the the teams meet Friday at the Park of Roses.

The DeSales High School girls lacrosse team will look to show Watterson it has improved significantly in the last two years when the the teams meet Friday at the Park of Roses.

The Stallions never have beaten Watterson. They played twice last year with the Stallions losing the first game 9-6 and the second 13-12 in overtime in the first round of the postseason.

The Stallions led by as many as three goals in the rematch before Watterson tied it in the last three minutes. The Eagles won on a goal with 1 minute, 29 seconds remaining in the first overtime period.

Two years ago during the Stallions' first season, Watterson won 13-3. Carly Campbell, who was part of that DeSales team, said although the Stallions' play has improved since, the game Friday will be about more than skill level.

"(The Watterson game) is a game that always comes down to intensity," Campbell said. "It's going to be how much you want it."

The Stallions have seen rapid growth in the program both in popularity and success. During their first season, they didn't have enough players to field a junior varsity and the varsity played a lot of j.v. competition. It went 1-4 against varsity competition.

An indication of how far DeSales has come was a 14-3 win over Westerville South in the opener March 24. South separated from Westerville Central and DeSales in the same year the Stallions formed, and when South and DeSales played each other that year the Wildcats won without drama 14-4.

The difference between that year's team and this year's team has been the increase in offseason work. It has allowed for players to find positions they are comfortable playing and has improved fundamentals, coach Katie Cox said.

"Coming into the program we weren't expected to do much," said Kristin Grindley, who also was part of the first DeSales team. "With the experience now you can definitely see it when you get out there and there's more teamwork."

The Stallions are fielding a varsity and a j.v. with 44 players in the program, including 12 freshmen who played in middle school.

It all has amounted to a better product on the field.

"They're definitely playing as a team more than before," Cox said. "They've established their positions and the talking has gotten so much better. They're a lot more aggressive and that has really made an impact."

The Stallions opened 3-0, also beating Hilliard Darby 14-12 on March 31 and Hartley 13-9 on April 2. The game is the culmination of what Cox said last Friday is a week of "extremely difficult" games. The Stallions played Westerville North last Tuesday and will play host today to Wellington, which was a Division II regional finalist last year.

With a limited amount of club teams, when Watterson defeated DeSales last year in the club tournament, it put the Eagles in a state semifinal. Watterson lost to Cincinnati Anderson 15-5 in the state final.

At a glance

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

BASEBALL

*April 20 -- Defeated St. Charles 10-2

*April 21 -- Def. Worthington Christian 2-1

*April 23 -- Lost to Hartley 6-4

*Last Friday -- Def. Ready 9-0

Last Saturday -- Def. Teays Valley 12-6; def. Teays Valley 7-3

*Last Monday -- Def. Hartley 11-3

*Last Wednesday -- Played Watterson

*Friday -- Home vs. St. Charles

Saturday -- At Otterbein vs. New Albany and Whetstone

*Monday -- At Worthington Christian

*Tuesday -- At Hartley

*Wednesday -- At Ready

Of note: The Stallions were 11-7 overall and 4-2 in the CCL before last Wednesday.

SOFTBALL

*April 22 -- Def. Hartley 8-0

*April 23 -- Def. Watterson 4-2

Last Friday -- Def. Chardon Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin 5-2 at Stellar Classic

Last Saturday -- Def. Richmond Edison 7-6; lost to Upper Arlington 3-1 at Stellar Classic

*Last Monday -- Lost to Ready 5-3

*Today -- Home vs. Worthington Christian

Friday -- At Prebis Memorial Classic at Keystone Lagrange vs. Massillon Jackson and Grafton Midview

Saturday -- At Prebis Memorial Classic vs. Elyria and Wellington

*Monday -- At Watterson

*Wednesday -- At Hartley

Of note: The Stallions are 10-5 overall and 3-1 in the CCL.

TRACK & FIELD

April 21 -- Boys: Finished first (68) ahead of Granville (52.75) and Heath (40.25); Girls: Finished third (35) behind Heath (72) and Granville (59).

Last Saturday -- Boys: Finished fourth (76) behind champion Canal Winchester (101) at Piqua Invitational. Winners were Vinny Balzano in the 800 (1:59.72) and Balzano, Alex Hegedus, Troy Streaker and Andrew Hunt in the 3,200 relay (8:25.3); Girls: Finished ninth (44) behind champion Marysville (82)

Friday -- At Marion Harding Invitational

TENNIS

*April 21 -- Def. Worthington Christian 5-0

April 22 -- Def. Dublin Jerome 3-2

*April 23 -- Def. Hartley 5-0

Last Saturday -- Lost to Canton Central Catholic 4-1

Last Monday -- Def. Pickerington Central 3-2

*Last Tuesday -- Played Watterson

*Today -- At St. Charles

Saturday -- At Lancaster

*Tuesday -- At Ready

Of note: The Stallions were 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the CCL before last Tuesday.

BOYS LACROSSE

April 20 -- Game vs. Olentangy Liberty postponed. No makeup date has been announced.

April 22 -- Def. Big Walnut 12-5

Last Friday -- Lost to Granville 18-10

Today -- Home vs. Wellington. The Stallions lost 8-4 last year.

Tuesday -- At Bexley. The Stallions won 9-5 last year.

Of note: The Stallions are 8-1.

GIRLS LACROSSE

April 21 -- Lost to Olentangy Orange 12-6

Last Tuesday -- Played Westerville North

Today -- Home vs. Wellington

Friday -- At Watterson. The Stallions lost 9-6 and 13-12 last year.

Of note: The Stallions were 3-3 before last Tuesday.

*CCL contest