The Olentangy Liberty High School boys lacrosse team had never lost to Orange, and the Patriots wanted to make sure that trend continued.
Liberty outlasted the host Pioneers 11-9 on May 8 in an OCC-Ohio Division game that senior midfielder Jake Rakich said was a sense of pride for his team.
"We have never lost to (the Pioneers) and wanted to make sure we weren't the first (Liberty) team to lose to them," said Rakich, who scored twice. "It's always good when you are able to beat a team in your (school) district."
Liberty won 8-4 in 2012, 16-7 in 2011 and 16-6 in 2010.
This time, Orange led 6-5 at halftime.
"We started slow and needed a change of attitude," said senior midfielder Shane Rakich, who scored once against the Pioneers. "We had to step it up and play harder."
Junior midfielder Matt Kessler and junior attacker Brendan Ryan scored two goals apiece for Liberty, and junior attacker Mitchell Hughes, junior defender Daryian Davies, sophomore midfielder Sam Chickerella and sophomore attacker Drew Gouhin all had one goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Sean Murphy had three saves.
"We're young -- with only two seniors -- and we're not always confident in our abilities," said Liberty coach Jason Godwin, whose team was 10-6 overall and 5-1 in the OCC-Ohio after beating New Albany 14-4 on May 13. "We made some mistakes and didn't always look to make the extra pass, but we're getting better."
The Patriots played Gran-ville on May 15 and close the regular season Friday, May 17, at home against Westerville Central.
Junior attacker Eddy Arnold scored five times for the Pioneers, who got a goal apiece from senior defender Mike Forbes, senior midfielder Jarrod Gilliam, junior midfielder Aston Onesko and freshman midfielder Tyler Lichter. Senior goalie Robert McHale had three saves.
"The guys are learning that they can play and compete with any team on our schedule," said Orange coach Sean McGinnis, whose team was 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Ohio before playing New Albany on May 15. "We learned a lot about ourselves from this game, and hopefully we can build from this."
Orange closes the regular season Friday, May 17, at Worthington Kilbourne.
The Division I North/Central Region tournament draw is Sunday, May 19. The postseason begins May 23.
Braves girls win OCC-Ohio title
The Olentangy girls team won three OCC-Ohio games last week to capture the league title with a 6-0 record and improve to 13-2 overall.
The Braves defeated Dublin Scioto 13-6 on May 7 as junior attacker Rachel Dietz and senior midfielder Kate Huter both scored three times, and sophomore midfielder Katie Stegmann added two goals. Junior Erin Petrole and sophomore Madison Barnes both had nine saves.
Stegmann scored five times and Huter and senior attacker Mallory Quiggle both scored four times in a 16-8 win over Dublin Jerome on May 9. Barnes had nine saves and Petrole added seven.
Huter scored seven goals and Dietz and Stegmann both added four as Olentangy beat Orange 16-11 on May 11 to close the regular season. Barnes had eight saves and Petrole added five.
After a first-round bye, Olentangy opens its Division II North/Central Region tournament schedule at home Thursday, May 16, against Richfield Revere.
The winner plays at Chagrin Falls Kenston, Pepper Pike Orange or Shaker Heights Laurel in a regional semifinal Tuesday, May 21. The semifinal winner advances to a regional final May 23.
Patriots girls begin postseason
The Liberty girls team was 9-5 overall before playing Toledo Notre Dame or Westerville Central on May 15 in the second round of the Division I North/Central Region tournament. The Patriots had a first-round bye.
The winner plays at home against Mentor or Perrysburg in a regional semifinal Monday, May 20, with the winner advancing to a regional final May 23.
The Patriots went 4-2 in the OCC-Ohio.
In a non-league game, Liberty defeated Dublin Coffman 19-12 on May 7 as senior attacker Eileen Barrett and sophomore attacker Kelley Fitzgerald both had five goals and sophomore attacker Dani Bursinger scored four times. Sophomore goalie Elise Miller had nine saves.
Liberty lost a non-league contest to Kilbourne 19-9 on May 9. Fitzgerald scored four times, sophomore attacker Katie Wetterauer-Jackson had two goals and Miller had six saves.
Pioneers girls play tourney opener
The Orange girls team was 10-7 overall after beating Brecksville-Broadview Heights 19-10 on May 13 in the first round of the Division I North/Central Region tournament.
The Pioneers played at Rocky River Magnificat in the second round May 15.
The second-round winner plays at Cleveland Heights or Uniontown Green in a regional semifinal Monday, May 20. The regional final is May 23.
Orange finished 3-3 in the OCC-Ohio after losing to Olentangy 16-11 on May 11. Senior midfielder Maria Nobile scored four goals and sophomore attacker Lauren Nobile added three. Senior goalie Bailey Castillo had five saves and senior goalie Kendra Morgan added three.
On May 9, senior attacker Grace Smith had four goals in an 18-4 win over Hilliard Davidson.
Braves boys finish regular season
The Olentangy boys team was 13-1 overall before playing Pickerington North on May 15 and already had wrapped up the OCC-Ohio title at 6-0.
The Braves close the regular season on the road. They play at Centerville on Friday, May 17, and at Cincinnati Summit Country Day on Saturday, May 18.
The postseason begins May 23.
Olentangy defeated Thomas Worthington 12-10 on May 9 as senior attacker Eric Milliron and sophomore attacker Cliff Kigar both scored three goals. Junior goalie Cole Palmby had six saves.