The Olentangy Orange High School boys lacrosse team defeated Johnstown 9-4 in a play-in game May 21 and faced top-seeded Granville last Tuesday in the Division II regional tournament.

The Olentangy Orange High School boys lacrosse team defeated Johnstown 9-4 in a play-in game May 21 and faced top-seeded Granville last Tuesday in the Division II regional tournament.

Orange was the last team from the school district still standing. The Olentangy boys lost to Dublin Coffman 9-4 and Olentangy Liberty lost to Dublin Jerome 18-5 in the first round in Division I tournament. All three of the girls team lost in tournament openers.

"We're doing great right now," said Orange coach John Carmichael, whose team was 5-10 and had won three in a row before facing Granville. "We're playing our best lacrosse at the end of the season of the season, and as a coach that's what you want to see."

The Pioneers also defeated Delaware 17-1 on May 15 and Bexley 7-5 on May 19. In the play-in game, the Pioneers, who had defeated Johnstown 8-5 on April 4, and Johnnies were tied at 2 at halftime.

"We've got 17 kids on our team, nine of whom are freshmen," Carmichael said. "It's been awhile since I have had a team that young. In the first half you could see in their eyes they were as nervous as they could be. In the second half, they played it like it was another game."

After winning the OCC-Ohio Division and drawing Coffman, a team it lost to 10-9 in overtime May 12, in the first round, Olentangy thought it might have a long run in the tournament. But errors and turnovers led to its downfall.

"It was a very frustrating night," said first-year coach Greg Frangos, whose team finished 9-8 overall. "Defensively we played pretty strong, but we had a couple of mental errors right before half time that really hurt us."

"We didn't reach our full potential for the year," junior goalie Zack Wilson said. "We wanted to come out in this game and show what we could do, but we saw some things we could build on for next year."

The Braves had won four of six before the tournament, including 13-5 over Westerville North on May 8 and 16-11 over Liberty on May 15 as they finished 6-0 in the OCC-Ohio, earning their third consecutive OCC title.

"Winning the OCC something big that these guys came out and played for," Frangos said. "Every game in the league was pretty much a dogfight. These guys gutted it out and showed a lot of heart and character."

The Braves will lose senior Andrew Donatelli (51 goals, 20 assists in 13 games) from the attack, seniors C.J. Eichler (8 goals, 7 assists), Phil Wessinger (9 goals, 3 assists), and Joey Worman from the midfield and seniors Ryan Herrmann and Anthony Zabonik from the defense. Donatelli was the OCC-Ohio Player of the Year.

Eichler, Wilson, junior midfielder Aaron Gutentag (8 goals 15 assists) and sophomore defender Kyle Moses were first-team all-OCC. Junior Mark Staffen (30 goals, 8 assists) received honorable mention.

Juniors John Dickson and Aaron Gutentag, sophomore Tyler Sangster and freshmen Jacob Eichler, Kaelin Jacob, Grey Owens and Josh Stein are expected to return to the midfield.

Staffen, junior Mike Dattolo (10 goals, 7 assists) and sophomore Andrew Stegmann (15 goals, 5 assists) should return to the attack.

Expected to lead the defense are Wilson in goal, juniors Bobby Blackford and Dayne Weidenhamer and Moses at defender and juniors Zack Lloyd and Ben Welch and sophomores Quin Freeman and Britt Yant at long-stick midfielder.

•The Olentangy girls team finished 6-7 overall after losing to Dublin Scioto 11-8 in the first round the Division II South regional tournament May 14.

The Braves also went 3-3 in the OCC-Ohio to tie Orange for third behind New Albany (6-0) and Westerville North (5-1) and ahead of Westerville South (2-4), Liberty (2-4)

and Westerville Central (1-5).

"When I think back on this year I remember (a 10-9 overtime win over Liberty on April 3)," coach Alicia Linden said. "That game really brought home the message everyone was coming to plays us hard and we had to pick it up. These girls really worked together and played well together."

The Braves will lose seniors Rachael Moses and Ally Trombetti from the attack, seniors Rachael Boyle, Chelsea Parker and Leda Ritzenthaler from the midfield, senior Katie Warner from the defense and senior Taylor Frim in goal. Ritzenthaler was first-team all-OCC, Parker and Warner were named to the second team and Frim received honorable mention.

Junior Kelsey Riehl and Natalie Milliron should lead the attack next year. Juniors Leslie Connor and Hilary Fisher and sophomores Candace Dove, Melissa Gundling and Emily Rutledge are expected to return to the midfield. Junior Renee Morris and Alissa Harle and Hannah Olenick should be back to the defense.

"We're definitely going to miss all of the seniors," Linden said. "They were all good players and good people. The seniors all knew how to get the team motivated."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedule for Orange boys lacrosse team:

May 19 -- Defeated Bexley 7-5

May 21 -- Def. Johnstown 9-4 in a play-in game of Division II Region 3 tournament

Last Tuesday -- Played Granville. The winner will play fourth-seeded DeSales or fifth-seeded Gahanna in a region semifinal today, with that winner to play in the final Saturday against second-seeded New Albany, third-seeded Wellington, Watterson or Bexley. The regional champion will play in a state semifinal Tuesday.

Of note: The Pioneers were 5-10 before last Tuesday.

At a glance

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OLENTANGY BOYS

•Record: 9-8 overall, 6-0 (first) in OCC-Ohio

•Seniors lost: Andrew Donatelli, C.J. Eichler, Ryan Herrmann, Phil Wessinger, Joey Worman and Anthony Zabonik

•Key returnees: Kyle Moses, Mark Staffen, Andrew Stegmann and Zack Wilson

OLENTANGY GIRLS

•Record: 6-7 overall, 3-3 (tied for third) in OCC-Ohio

•Seniors lost: Rachael Boyle, Taylor Frim, Rachael Moses, Chelsea Parker, Leda Ritzenthaler, Ally Trombetti and Katie Warner

•Key returnees: Leslie Connor, Candace Dove, Hilary Fisher, Melissa Gundling, Natalie Milliron and Emily Rutledge