Girls Lacrosse - Regional final roundup

Furious second-half comeback shocks Upper Arlington


In the wake of an improbable comeback May 22, Upper Arlington High School girls lacrosse coach Wendy Pinta praised her goalkeeper’s play and said the Golden Bears defense had its best effort in several seasons.

Unfortunately for UA, Mason’s offense and defense came up larger in the second half and overtime of a Division I South/Central Region final.

The host Bears led 9-2 with 21 minutes, 49 seconds to play in the second half, but the Comets scored seven unanswered goals and tied the game with 29.5 seconds left. Victoria Blakeman’s third goal of the game with 35.1 seconds to go in the second overtime gave Mason a 10-9 upset win.

“The defense played the best I’ve seen them play in three or four years tonight. They were outstanding. Hannah (Panos, who made 11 saves) had the night of her life in goal, and we couldn’t convert on attack,” Pinta said. “We turned over the ball in some critical situations. We were trying to go for a good possession, turned over the ball three times and they scored on all three. I think it was a matter at that point of not being on the gameplan.”

Ali Specht also scored three goals for Mason (14-5), which advanced to a state semifinal May 30 at Thomas Worthington.

Carsyn Hager had four goals to lead UA. A potential fifth that would have halted Mason’s run at three unanswered goals was disallowed with 16:15 left, and Brianna Manns scored the first of her two goals just more than a minute later.

Manns’ second was the equalizer.

Armonde Moore and Molly Plasket each had two goals, and Abby Wilmer added one for UA (12-6), which was seeking its second consecutive state title.

Olentangy 9, Massillon Jackson 8

Stevie Jefferis scored the winning goal with just over two minutes remaining as the Olentangy High School girls lacrosse team defeated Massillon Jackson 9-8 in a Division I North/Central Region championship May 22.

The Braves will play Cincinnati Sycamore in a state semifinal May 30 at Thomas Worthington.

Olentangy improved to 18-1 and set the program record for wins in a season.

After Jefferis scored, Alex McCafferty forced a turnover and the Braves held possession the rest of the way to run out the clock.

It was the only goal of the game for Jefferis. Katie Stegmann scored four goals and Rachel Dietz added two goals and an assist.

Emily Petrole made seven saves and Madison Barnes added two for Olentangy, which led 5-3 at halftime.

The state tournament appearance will be the Braves’ first since winning the state championship in 2005.

—Brad Emerine

Medina 7, Dublin Coffman 4

Coffman led for much of the first half and into the early portion of the second but couldn’t hang on in a 7-4 loss to Medina in a Division I North/Central Region championship game.

Sarah Proctor, who had been helping the Shamrocks control the faceoff draws, was whistled for a yellow card with about 20 minutes left and her team leading 4-3.

The Bees took advantage by grabbing the momentum and scored the game’s final four goals.

Medina improved to 16-2 while Coffman finished a program-best 14-4.

Riley Steiner finished with two goals and Emma Vander Stoep and Courtney Dille both scored one goal. Sarah Watson made seven saves.

The Shamrocks were tied at 3 at halftime with Medina, which was the top seed for the North/Central Region.

—Jarrod Ulrey

Division II

Worthington Kilbourne 13, Bexley 12 (2 OTs)

The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team defeated Bexley 13-12 in double overtime in the Division II South/Central Region final May 22 at Thomas Worthington.

Allison Martz scored six goals, including the game-winner with 1 minute, 13 seconds left in the second overtime, as the Wolves improved to 15-3 and captured their third consecutive regional title.

Miriam Bassani also scored five goals and Kara Hines scored two goals for Kilbourne, which rallied from an 11-10 deficit with five minutes remaining in regulation.

Sarah Dawley scored seven goals and Mimi Nahem had five saves for the Lions, who finished 15-4 overall.

—Aaron Blankenship