If someone would have told Jamie Miller the Olentangy Orange High School girls lacrosse team would give up 21 goals against Dublin Jerome in the first round of the Division II North-Central regional game on May 20, the Pioneers coach would have arranged for uniforms to be turned in May 21.

If someone would have told Jamie Miller the Olentangy Orange High School girls lacrosse team would give up 21 goals against Dublin Jerome in the first round of the Division II North-Central regional game on May 20, the Pioneers coach would have arranged for uniforms to be turned in May 21.

The Pioneers had other ideas, however, earning a 22-21 victory over the Celtics.

"They just fight," said Miller, whose team was 12-5 overall before facing Mentor Lake Catholic in a regional semifinal last Tuesday. "We've come back so many times this season. They just keep fighting."

The Pioneers were the only lacrosse team from the Olentangy school district to make it past last Saturday. In girls lacrosse, Olentangy Liberty lost to Mentor 9-8 in the first round of the Division I North-Central Region tournament May 19 and Olentangy lost to DeSales 10-6 in the first round of the Division II North-Central Region tournament May 17.

In boys lacrosse, the Patriots defeated Pickerington Central 22-7 in a Division I Central Region play-in game May 19 but lost to Hilliard Davidson 17-15 last Saturday. Olentangy defeated Dublin Scioto 13-10 in a Division II Central regional play-in game May 19 but lost to New Albany 12-6 last Saturday. Orange lost to Granville 15-7 in a Division II Central regional play-in game on May 19.

•Orange junior Hana Abu-Kwiek had a program-record nine goals in the win over the Celtics. The final 11 minutes featured four lead changes and three ties before junior Amanda Potts scored the winning goal with 1 minute, 3 seconds remaining.

"When you are (continuously) running from one part of the field to the other, it's about being positive," Potts said. "You have to keep going to the goal. If it's open, it's open."

•Against New Albany last Saturday, the Olentangy boys team spent the first quarter figuring out how to stop the Eagles.

"Our offense didn't wake up until late in the third quarter," said Olentangy coach Greg Frangos, whose team finished 8-10 overall and 4-2 in the OCC-Ohio. "By then, it was a little too late."

The Braves finished third in the OCC-Ohio behind champion New Albany (6-0) and Liberty (5-1). Orange (2-4), Gahanna (2-4), Hilliard Darby (1-5) and Hilliard Bradley (1-5) rounded out the division.

Olentangy loses goalie Zack Wilson and Bobby Blackford, Zack Lloyd, Ben-Michael Welch and Britt Yant from the defense, Mike Dattolo (51 goals) and Mark Staffen (30 goals) from the attack and John Dickson and Aaron Gutentag (18 goals) from the midfield to graduation. Dattolo and Gutentag were second-team for the Division II Central region team and Wilson was honorable mention. Gutentag was second-team all-OCC and Wilson was honorable mention.

Sophomores Jeff Hunt, Jacob Eichler, Brad Steen and Josh Stein and freshman Austin Lilly should return to the midfield. Juniors Kyle Moses and Quin Freeman are expected back on the defense and juniors John Moore and Andrew Stegmann and freshman Mitchell Newell are anticipated back on the attack. Stegmann (42 goals) and Moses were second-team all-Division II Central Region and Freeman was honorable mention.

"We're losing a lot," Frangos said. "But we have a lot juniors stepping up and return a lot of freshmen and sophomores."

•Losing by a goal in its season finale was fitting for the Liberty girls team, which was 1-7 in games decided by two goals or fewer.

"When the game is decided by one goal, you have to make every save," said junior goalie Hayley Schultz who finished with 22 saves after the loss to Mentor.

"Since they were ranked lower than us, some of us came out thinking we were going to win. I guess we just didn't come out ready to play."

"Our heart wasn't there," said Liberty coach Abby Stierman, whose team finished the year 8-9 overall. "It has been a long season with a lot of games decided by one goal."

The Patriots were fourth in the OCC-Ohio with a 5-3 record behind New Albany (8-0), Orange (7-1) and Westerville North (6-2). Olentangy (4-4), Pickerington (3-5), Westerville South (2-6), Bradley (1-7) and Westerville Central (0-8) rounded out the league.

The Patriots lose seniors Kirstin Bennehoff (41 goals, four assists), Alli Hubbell, Stephanie Jones (35 goals, 9 assists) and Gillian Moore from the attack and Marissa Briggs and Maddie Mullen from the defense. Bennehoff was second-team all-OCC and Jones was honorable mention.

Schultz and juniors Brooke Chambers (26 goals, 37 assists), Brooke Lenkey and Sydney Powell, sophomores Stephanie Tesner and Morgan Woods and freshman Sabra Funderburg should return to the defense.

Sophomores Alexis Ecker (17 goals, 13 assists) and Jessica Moeslein and freshmen Elaine Barrett (34 goals, seven assists), Rachel Henderson, Agata Porcu and Jayne Van Schaik are expected to be back in the midfield.

Sophomores Mallory Murphy, Casey Parrish (10 goals, four assists), Tori Springer, Elaine Steinhoff and Kylee Wetterauer (12 goals, 21 assists), should be back in the attack. Ecker was first-team all-OCC and Chambers was second team.

"We're going to be strong," Stierman said. "We're losing six seniors but our entire defense and most of our midfield is back."

At a glance

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

May 20 - Defeated Dublin Jerome 22-21 in first round of Division II North-Central regional tournament. Hana Abu-Kwiek scored a school-record nine goals. Last Tuesday - Played Lake Catholic in a regional semifinal. Winner plays second-seeded Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown or DeSales today in Gates Mills Hawken. The state tournament is June 4-5.

Of note: The Pioneers were 12-5 overall before last Tuesday and finished 6-1 (second) in OCC-Ohio.

Liberty girls

Record: 8-9 overall, 5-3 (fourth) in OCC-Ohio Seniors lost: Kirstin Bennehoff, Marissa Briggs, Alli Hubbell Stephanie Jones, Gillian Moore and Maddie Mullen Key returnees: Elaine Barrett, Brooke Chambers, Alexis Ecker and Hayley Schultz

Olentangy boys

Record: 8-10 overall, 4-2 (third) in OCC-Ohio Seniors lost: Bobby Blackford, Mike Dattolo, John Dickson, Aaron Gutentag, Zack Lloyd, Mark Staffen, Ben-Michael Welch, Zack Wilson and Britt Yant Key returnees: Quin Freeman, Kyle Moses and Andrew Stegmann