Neither the Upper Arlington High School boys lacrosse team, the top seed in the Division I Central Region tournament, nor the UA girls team, the top seed in the South-Central Region, were tested in the opening rounds of their respective tournaments.

Neither the Upper Arlington High School boys lacrosse team, the top seed in the Division I Central Region tournament, nor the UA girls team, the top seed in the South-Central Region, were tested in the opening rounds of their respective tournaments.

The two teams outscored their opponents by a combined 60-4 as the boys team clubbed Pickerington Central 21-3 on May 21 and the girls team routed Liberty Township Lakota East 19-0 on May 18 and Cincinnati Ursuline 19-1 on May 23.

However, boys coach Ted Wolford said there are a number of benefits his team can gain from the early round mismatch.

"One of the good things was we got to play everybody," said Wolford, whose team was 15-1 overall before facing Dublin Coffman in a regional semifinal on May 25. "We wanted to make sure everyone got a chance to play, and everyone played well. Everyone who walked on the field did good things."

Freshman Jared Drake wasted little time on making an impact. The Bears won the faceoff and Drake scored five seconds into the game. UA led 18-1 at halftime.

The Bears, who got four goals from Cam Williams, used the second half to work on its stall and try different plays. Wolford was glad his younger players got a chance to play in a tournament game.

"We really cherish any opportunity we get to give our guys playing time," he said. "As we get further into the state tournament, the competition gets tougher and tougher and there are less and less opportunities for these guys to get that playing time."

If UA advances to a regional final on Saturday, May 28, it will play host to Worthington Kilbourne or Olentangy Liberty.

Kilbourne was 14-5 after defeating Westerville South 14-4 on May 21. UA has played the Wolves in four of the past six state finals, including last season when the Bears won 10-8.

Liberty was 14-5 before playing Kilbourne in a regional semifinal on May 25.

The Patriots entered the contest having won 10 of their previous 11 games.

Wolford said his team needs to work on "a mountain of things" to get back to the state final for the 20th consecutive season.

"Tournaments like this are a one-and-done deal," Wolford said. "You don't have the ability to say, 'OK, we didn't play well against this team, so we'll go back and fix it' if you lose. You have to fix it on the fly. Hopefully your kids are flexible enough to make those adjustments."

•The girls lacrosse team's first two tournament games were decided by halftime.

Upper Arlington led Lakota East 12-0 at the half and Ursuline 11-0.

"We've been really focused," coach Kim Rocheleau said. "We got a chance to work on the things we've been working on in order to make it all the way in the tournament."

The victory over Liberty Township Lakota East was the Bears' first shutout since a 21-0 win over CSG in the 2008 and the team's fourth since 2005. UA was 14-4 before playing at Cincinnati Sycamore in a regional final on Thursday, May 26.

Rocheleau challenged her players to use the game as a learning opportunity and work on skills they usually can't work on in a game situation, such as shooting with their non-dominant hand.

"We really needed to work on a bunch of things we're going to use in future tournament games," Rocheleau said. "We went through all of our plays and our stalls as well as a bunch of other things we hadn't introduced before."