Both the Olentangy Liberty High School boys lacrosse team and the Olentangy girls team survived close calls in the opening round of their respective postseason tournaments.

Both the Olentangy Liberty High School boys lacrosse team and the Olentangy girls team survived close calls in the opening round of their respective postseason tournaments.

The Patriots beat Thomas Worthington 16-11 in the Division I Central Region tournament on May 21 and faced Worthington Kilbourne, last year's state runner-up, in the second round May 25.

The Braves held off Richfield Revere 11-8 on May 19 and faced Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown in the second round of the Division II North/Central Region tournament May 24.

The other four area programs didn't fare as well.

In boys lacrosse, Orange lost to Dublin Scioto 10-7 in a May 18 play-in game of the Division II Central Region tournament, while Olentangy lost to New Albany 12-5 in the first round on May 21. In girls lacrosse, Liberty defeated Delaware 17-4 in a Division I North/Central Region play-in game May 16 but lost to Thomas 21-10 in the first round May 18, while Orange lost to Dublin Jerome 24-14 in first round of the Division II North/Central Region tournament on May 19.

Liberty boys coach Eric O'Brien said winning in the first round was "huge" for his program.

"We're kind of proving ourselves as a powerhouse now," he said. "We're the team that everyone is scared of in the playoffs besides Upper Arlington. We're learning how to play four quarters."

The win over Thomas propelled the Patriots into the second round in their second year of playing on the Division I level.

Kilbourne defeated the Patriots 12-8 on April 1. The winner of the May 25 game advanced to play at Upper Arlington, the defending state champion, or Dublin Coffman in a regional final Saturday, May 28.

Liberty lost to the Golden Bears 11-7 on April 6. However, since their 17-5 loss to Hudson on April 16, the Patriots had won 10 of their last 11 games before playing Kilbourne and had averaged 16.2 goals a game over that span.

•First-year Olentangy girls coach Chelsea Huguenard said her team needed to go through a game like its win over Revere if it was going to make a run in the postseason.

"Honestly the only good thing I have to say about this game was it was a win," Huguenard said. "It's good to have a game like that early because it allowed us to pinpoint what we need to work on to win the rest of our games."

The winner of the Olentangy-Hathaway Brown game plays host to Chagrin Falls or Dublin Jerome in a regional final Thursday, May 26. The Braves defeated the Celtics 15-7 on April 20 but have not played Chagrin Falls.

•There's something about Jerome that brings out the worst in the Orange girls' defense. The Celtics have scored 59 goals in the past three meetings between the teams.

Last year, the Pioneers beat Jerome 22-21 in the first round of the postseason. This year, injuries prevented Orange from getting into a rhythm in its 24-14 loss in the first round of the Division II North/Central Region tournament May 19.

Lindsay Spragg (torn ACL), Hana Abu-Kwiek (ankle sprain), Taylor Shifflet (neck and back injuries) and Whitney Draper (foot) all missed time during the season because of injuries.

"It was just tough," coach Jaime Miller said. "We have some depth, but I don't think the girls were ever able to get into a rhythm."

Orange tied Liberty for second in the OCC-Ohio at 3-2 behind Olentangy (6-0) and ahead of Hilliard Davidson (3-3), Jerome and Hilliard Bradley (2-4) and Scioto (1-5). Orange and Liberty were postponed twice and never played.

The Pioneers lose Sara Alhajomar and Jennique Fernandes from the attack, Abu-Kwiek, Amanda Potts and Shifflet from the midfield and Draper and Mariam Hellalat from the defense. Abu-Kwiek, Draper and Potts were first-team all-OCC while Shifflet was second-team.

The team expects to return junior Spragg and sophomores Grace Smith and Maria Nobile to the midfield and junior Jennie Button to the attack, while juniors Lauren Banton and Katherine Lomeo and sophomore Abby Sturmi should anchor the defense. Smith was second-team all-league while Nobile was honorable mention.

"The seniors were the foundation of this program," Miller said. "The younger players knew if you came out for this team, expect to work and give your all."

•The Orange boys team struggled this season with slow starts. In its tournament loss to Scioto, a slow start helped end the Pioneers' season.

"We had a couple of games that we really started slow," coach Sean Hughes said. "You can't start slow against good teams and expect to win as many as you want to."

The Pioneers tied Gahanna for sixth in the OCC-Ohio at 1-5, behind Liberty (5-0), Olentangy (5-1), New Albany (4-2), Hilliard Darby (2-3) and Bradley (2-4). Liberty and Darby's matchup was canceled.

The Pioneers lose Dylan Frim, Ryan Haugh and Alex Titus from the midfield, Kevin Teets as a specialist and Jake Vacheresse from the defense. Titus was second-team all-league and honorable mention all-region.

"The seniors have meant leadership to our program," Hughes said. "The things they did on the field are the things you want your leaders to do."

Hughes is looking to build on his team's offense. The Pioneers expect to return juniors Mitchell Deakins, Dar Faroughi and Blake Holbrook to the attack and juniors Daniel Bull, Taylor Hardy, Alex Haugh and Sam Kennedy and sophomores Jarrod Gilliam and Evan Roehll to the midfield. Bull, who was an all-OCC honorable mention, and Holbrook both scored more than 25 goals this season.

On defense, junior goalkeeper Cody Carroll and juniors Nick Murley and Jon Peddicord and sophomores Mike Forbes and Cole Gabalis are expected to return. Murley was second-team all-league.