Coach Doug Troutner wasn't just happy the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team defeated Cincinnati Ursuline 12-7 in a Division I South-Central regional semifinal last Monday.

Coach Doug Troutner wasn't just happy the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team defeated Cincinnati Ursuline 12-7 in a Division I South-Central regional semifinal last Monday.

He was pleased with the way the Wolves won.

Eight of Kilbourne's goals were set up off assists. Shelby Wolff led the team with three goals and two assists, and Katherine O'Harra and Kelly Barford each had two goals and two assists.

"We're playing more intelligently," said Troutner, whose team improved to 12-3-2 overall. "We weren't making silly passes. They play a little different style but we were able to adjust to it."

The Wolves will face Upper Arlington in the regional final today in Mason. Kilbourne lost to the Bears 13-7 on April 26.

Kilbourne advanced to a regional semifinal by defeating Hilliard Darby 15-11 in the first round May 19. The Wolves led 10-3 at halftime and had to hold off a second-half rally by the Panthers.

Kilbourne also built a large advantage by halftime against Thomas on May 11, as it led 11-2 en route to a 17-9 victory.

"Building a big lead is really important," coach Doug Troutner said. "A lot of times you can get into an opponent's head. To Darby's credit, they didn't let that affect them."

•Junior attacker Cecelia Capuano said the Thomas girls team that defeated Toledo St. Ursula 10-4 in a North-Central regional semifinal last Monday bears little or no resemblance to the team ended the regular season by losing its last four games.

Capuano scored three goals in the second half to help the Cardinals pull away from the Arrows. Katie Sheban and Tierney Ford each scored twice for the Cardinals and Jenny Danko came up with nine saves.

Thomas, 13-4-1 overall, will face top-seeded Medina, 18-0 overall after defeating 16th-seed Mentor 21-1 last Monday, in a regional final today at Gates Mills Hawken.

"We finally came together as a team and got things done," Capuano said. "At the end of the season, we got a reality check. We all re-evaluated things and at practice we worked so hard on the things we needed to get done."

Thomas advanced to its regional semifinal and snapped a four-game losing streak with a 17-2 win over Westerville Central on May 19. The Cardinals, who were outscored 57-25 during the skid, controlled the draw and controlled the Warhawks.

"Winning the draw is part science, part art," coach Ally McCarthy said. "You have to read the girls to put yourselves in a more advantageous position. Kendall (Gordon) has been handling a lot of draws, but the girls on the circle - Caitie Sheban, Tierney Ford and Lily Yednock - are instrumental in gaining possession."

•After having an eight-day layoff, the Kilbourne boys team took awhile to shake off the rust in a 20-4 win over Westerville Central in the first round of the Division I Central regional tournament last Saturday.

The Wolves, who were 12-5 before playing Uniontown Green in a Northeast regional semifinal last Wednesday, matched a program record with 12 players scoring, but coach Drew May said there were plenty of areas his team needs to clean up.

"Our overall play was a little sloppy," he said. "To be honest, we hadn't played a game in eight days and it takes a little time to get back that edge."

Kilbourne may not see a familiar opponent until a state semifinal.

The winner of last Wednesday's game travels to Toledo St. John's Jesuit or Sylvania Southview for a regional final on Saturday. The winner of that game will visit Medina, Solon, Cleveland St. Ignatius or North Canton Hoover in a state semifinal on Wednesday.

"The first half of those games is a feeling out process," May said. "We see what they do and where we can match up."

• Opponents should be wary of playing the Thomas boys team a second time. Dublin Coffman found that in the first round of the Division I Central regional tournament last Saturday.

The Cardinals defeated Coffman 7-6 after losing to the Shamrocks 8-2 on April 21.

"What happened in the past is over, and it doesn't matter how we did against someone in the regular season," said coach John Galipault, whose team was 12-5 before facing Hilliard Davidson last Wednesday in a regional semifinal. "In fact, it makes it a little easier to prepare for someone if we lost to them in the regular season."

The Cardinals jumped out to a 6-2 lead but had to hold off a late Coffman run.

After the Shamrocks rallied to tie the game at 6, Eric Monfort scored the winning goal with two minutes remaining. Jake Sharick, who was named to the All-America team on May 17, had two goals and an assist and Cole Kirchner had two goals. Eric Garris had a goal and two assists.

It's the second time this season Thomas has avenged an earlier loss. Eight days after losing to Cincinnati St. Xavier 7-6 in double overtime on April 30, the Cardinals beat the Bombers 11-10 in the first round of the MSLCA "B" bracket.