The Upper Arlington High School girls lacrosse team's mission is to make games for goalie Kevyn Harer uninteresting.

The Upper Arlington High School girls lacrosse team's mission is to make games for goalie Kevyn Harer uninteresting.

The Golden Bears beat Dublin Scioto 17-0 on May 20 and Hilliard Davidson 16-1 last Monday in the first two rounds of the Division I Central regional tournament.

"It's boring for me a little bit," said Harer, who made two saves in the first two tournament games. "It's hard for the defense because we don't see the ball a lot on our end and when it comes down on our end, we're a little flat-footed and it surprises us."

Harer anticipates being tested when UA faces Worthington Kilbourne in a regional final today in Mason. The Wolves defeated Cincinnati Ursuline 12-6 last Monday. UA outscored the Wolves 7-3 in the second half of a 13-7 win April 26.

"We haven't seen the competition we wanted to at this point, but the next game will be harder than these (first two games)," Harer said.

The shutout against Scioto marked the fourth time since 2005 the Bears have held an opponent scoreless, with the last being 21-0 over Columbus School for Girls in 2008.

Midway through the season, the Bears started experimenting with different types of defense.

"I thought the seniors did very well defensively," coach Kim Rocheleau said. "We've been using a man-to-man defense, which has been pretty good for us, but we have a type of zone defense that we can use if we need to."

Senior goalie Daniel Kloos remembers how bad it felt watching the boys team's five-year hold of the Division I state championship end last year. He is determined to not experience that disappointment again.

"This is kind of a revenge year for us," Kloos said. "I remember the looks on everyone's faces (after a 7-6 loss to Worthington Kilbourne in the state final). I don't want that to be us this year."

UA improved to 14-2 after defeating Westerville South 15-2 last Saturday in the first round of the Division I Central regional tournament.

The top-seeded Bears faced St. Charles in a regional semifinal last Wednesday, with the winner playing host to Thomas Worthington or Hilliard Davidson in the regional final on Saturday.

"We're in a one-and-done situation," said Ted Wolford, whose team has reached the state final each of his first 19 years as coach. "Because we're the top seed, we carry a big target. (The players) have to understand the importance of each ball game."

"We're trying to focus," Kloos said. "Every game is the state championship for us."

UA lost to Thomas 5-4 on April 17 but defeated second-seeded Davidson 9-5 on April 21.

Wolford said Kloos has improved since those games, not just in making saves but also in clearing the ball and directing the defense.


At a glance

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

BOYS

Last Saturday - Defeated Westerville South 15-2 in first round of Division I Central regional tournament. Alex Powers had four goals. Last Wednesday - Played St. Charles in a regional semifinal. Winner plays host to Hilliard Davidson or Thomas Worthington in a regional final on Saturday. State semifinal is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at a site to be determined and the state final is 7 p.m. June 5 at Dublin Jerome.

Of note: The Bears were 14-2 before last Wednesday.

GIRLS

May 20 - Def. Dublin Scioto 17-0 in first round of Division I South-Central regional tournament. Adriane Ghidotti had five goals. Last Monday - Def. Hilliard Davidson 16-1 in a regional semifinal. Ghidotti had four goals, Becca Niles added three and Erin Williams scored twice. Today - Home vs. fourth-seeded Worthington Kilbourne in a regional final at Mason. The state tournament will be June 4-5 at Upper Arlington.

Of note: The Bears are 15-2-1.