Like many Upper Arlington High School seniors, Megan Knoop has had Saturday circled on her calendar for more than a year.

Like many Upper Arlington High School seniors, Megan Knoop has had Saturday circled on her calendar for more than a year.

However, the defender on the girls lacrosse team is not just fixated on the prom that day. Her pre-prom activities include a home game against defending Division I state champion and longtime rival Cincinnati Sycamore at 12 p.m.

"There's a lot on your mind," Knoop said. "You're thinking about your dance later on that night, but at the same time, you have the biggest game of the season. This is my senior season and I'm going to be focusing 100 percent on Sycamore."

Coach Kim Rocheleau, whose team fell to 4-2-1 overall after losing to Winnetka (Ill.) New Trier 9-6 last Friday and Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy 10-5 last Saturday, doesn't think her players will be distracted by the prom.

"These girls are very focused on the task at hand," Rocheleau said. "They want to win it and they're focused on that."

The Sycamore game is in the middle of a demanding stretch of games. UA plays Friday at Columbus Academy and plays host to Thomas Worthington on Wednesday and New Albany on May 6. As of last Sunday, the combined record for those four opponents was 29-4-1.

However, games against Sycamore have been a major focal point for UA. Since 2006, the Bears are 3-4 against the Aviators.

The two schools have faced in each other in the state championship game the last three seasons, with Sycamore winning 7-6 last year and 9-7 in 2007 and the Bears winning 14-8 in 2008.

Since 2007, the Aviators are 66-4, with the two of their losses coming against UA.

Sycamore, which as of last Sunday was averaging 12.8 goals a game, lost to Loyola Academy 15-4 on March 27 and lost to New Albany 11-10 last Saturday and survived one-goal games with Worthington Kilbourne (9-8 on April 9) and Cincinnati Mariemont (13-12).

UA's defense should be tested not only by Sycamore but by New Albany and Thomas Worthington.

New Albany, which defeated the Bears 8-7 last year and 11-9 in 2008, was averaging 17.8 goals a game during an 8-0 start. After winning the Division II state title each of the last two years, the Eagles have moved up to Division I.

A Division I state semifinalist a year ago, Thomas was averaging 12.5 goals a game during a 10-0-1 start.

"We keep expanding our offense and defense," Rocheleau said. "We're on a learning curve and no one knows what to expect from us on a day-to-day basis."

•The boys team also has a rematch with its state final opponent in the coming week, but coach Ted Wolford said his team has more to worry about than just its showdown Tuesday at Worthington Kilbourne.

"We're trying not to get too far ahead of ourselves," said Wolford, whose team improved to 7-1 overall after defeating Detroit Country Day 14-4 last Saturday and Birmingham (Mich.) Seaholm 11-5 last Sunday. "It's a great opportunity and I'm sure the kids are looking forward to it, but probably no more than whomever we face next."

Kilbourne, which defeated UA 10-8 in the regular season and 7-6 in the Division I state final last year to post the program's first wins over the Bears, was 9-3 overall after defeating Hudson 12-9 last Friday.

UA faces two MSLCA opponents before its matchup against Kilbourne, including a contest against Dublin Jerome last Wednesday. The Bears, who were 3-1 in the MSLCA before playing Jerome, play host to Cincinnati Moeller on Friday.

Jerome and Bloomfield Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice each entered the week 4-0 in the MSLCA and are the front-runners for the "A" bracket title, but UA still can be one of the top four teams in the MSLCA tournament, which will be held May 7-8 at Hudson Western Reserve Academy.

"We're sitting on the edge, but our destiny is in ours hands," Wolford said. "We have to take care of business."

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Upper Arlington boys and girls lacrosse teams:


*April 14 - Defeated Dublin Coffman 15-6. Luke Treece scored four goals and Tyler Pfister scored three.

*April 17 - Lost to Thomas Worthington 5-4. Thomas ended a winless drought against the Bears that traced back to the 1996 Division I state championship game.

*April 21 - Def. Hilliard Davidson 9-5. Cam Williams had four goals. Davidson entered the game on an 11-game winning streak.

Last Saturday - Def. Detroit Country Day 14-4. Jake DeCrane had three goals.

Last Sunday - Def. Birmingham (Mich.) Seaholm 11-5. Treece and Williams each had three goals.

*Last Wednesday - Played Dublin Jerome

Friday - Home vs. Cincinnati Moeller

*Tuesday - At Worthington Kilbourne

Of note: The Bears were 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Buckeye before last Wednesday.


April 16 - Def. East Rochester (N.Y.) 11-6. Lauren Hanover had four goals and Adriane Ghidotti scored two. East Rochester won 9-3 last year.

April 17 - Tied Cleveland Heights at 9 at Hannigan-Galipault Tournament at Thomas Worthington. Rebecca Niles had four goals.

*April 20 - Def. Dublin Coffman 15-4. Ghidotti and Erin Steen each had three goals.

Last Friday - Lost to Winnetka (Ill.) New Trier 9-6

Last Saturday - Lost to Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy 10-5

*Last Monday - Def. Worthington Kilbourne 13-7

*Last Wednesday - Played Jerome

Friday - At Columbus Academy

Saturday - Home vs. Cincinnati Sycamore

*Wednesday - Home vs. Thomas Worthington

May 6 - Home vs. New Albany

Of note: The Bears were 5-2-1 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Buckeye before last Wednesday.

*OCC-Buckeye game