Coach John Carmichael hopes the lessons the third-seeded Olentangy High School boys lacrosse team learned during a 13-11 victory over Westerville North last Saturday will carry it far in the Division I tournament.




Coach John Carmichael hopes the lessons the third-seeded Olentangy High School boys lacrosse team learned during a 13-11 victory over Westerville North last Saturday will carry it far in the Division I tournament.


After the Braves took a 9-1 lead at the half, Carmichael gave a lot of his younger players a chance to play. Andrew Donatelli scored four goals, Steven Potter had three and Austin Bright added two.


The younger players allowed the Warriors to get within two goals, but even so, Carmichael said his team might benefit from the experience. Freshman Zack Wilson had 15 saves starting in place of senior Bryan Jaynes in goal.


"We were never in jeopardy of losing the game," said Carmichael, who started freshman Zack Wilson (15 saves) ahead of senior Bryan Jaynes. "I thought the kids did well supporting Zack. It certainly helped him get some tournament experience under his belt."


Olentangy played second-seeded Thomas Worthington in the second round last Wednesday. The winner will face top-seeded Upper Arlington or fourth-seeded Dublin Coffman in a regional final Saturday. The Braves defeated Coffman 8-7 in overtime May 13 but lost to UA 14-4 on April 12.
The regional champion will play in a state semifinal at home Wednesday, likely against Cincinnati Moeller or Cincinnati St. Xavier.


"Right now the offense is playing really well," Carmichael said. "We have such a nice balance with Potter, Donatelli and Bright that it limits what opponents can do to us. If they try to lock down one of them, the other two step up."


•Liberty finished 3-13 overall after losing to Dublin Jerome 13-3 last Saturday in the first round of the Division I tournament. The Patriots also went 1-4 in the OCC-Ohio Division to place fifth behind champion Olentangy (5-0).


"At the beginning of the season, we were having a team dinner and I was really agitated because over half the team wasn't there on time," coach Mark Forsythe said. "Then I realized a lot of them had to get rides from the parents because they didn't have drivers licenses. I thought to myself, ‘Man, this team is young.'"


Last Saturday, Jerome was led by Matt Marina with three goals. For Liberty, Wes Steen had two goals and Kellen Williams had one, and Jason Lockwood had 15 saves.


"They're a phenomenal team," Forsythe said. "They've been a little banged up this year, but now they look like they're ready to make a run. They'll be a tough team to beat."


The Patriots will lose seniors Williams (attacker), Ross Fleming (midfielder), Pat Kouskouris (midfielder), Phil Young (midfielder), Mike Harvey (goalie) and Chris Berridge (defender).


"We struggled this year, but that was not due to our seniors," Forsythe said. "We just didn't have enough of them. Those guys will have seen more of a transition in this sport than most of the athletes. In their four years, they saw us go from playing mostly club teams as freshmen to being a Division II state runner-up as sophomores and tying for first in the OCC last year. In a few years, they'll be come back and tell future teams where the team was and where it is now."


Juniors Adam Bruck and Steen, sophomores Kevin Shimp, John Freeland and Taylor Larr and freshmen Taylor Hudson are expected to return to the attack.


Juniors Trevor Shirey, John Kaeding and Doug Kouskouris, sophomores Jason Binkley, Kirby Bright, Joe Choban, Ken McGuffin, Jon McMahan, Ben Saylor, Sam Ventura and Nick Zanetos and freshman Anthony Bergamesca, Jimmy Chickarella, Tyler Specht, Ty Guyot and Grant Woods are expected back in the midfield.
Juniors Chris Rowland, Will Vickers and Scott Sprague, sophomore Chris Johnson and freshman Ben Lando are expected back on defense.


Lockwood is expect to compete for time in goal. Sophomore Rob Gouhin and junior Jack Schufelt should be back as long-stick midfielders.


"We're going to be very good next year," Forsythe said. "These kids are motivated to keep lacrosse on the front burner. They can't stand the fact that we had a tough season of lacrosse and they're ready to come out firing."


Steen and Harvey were second-team all-region and Binkley and Berridge received honorable mention.