The Olentangy High School girls lacrosse team was unable to maintain the pace during the second half of its Division I state semifinal against unbeaten and top-ranked Cincinnati Sycamore on May 30 at Thomas Worthington High School.
The Braves trailed just 8-7 at halftime, but lost 14-8 to finish the season 18-2.
The Aviators increased their defensive pressure in the second half and also dominated draws as they maintained possession to successfully wear down the Braves in the heat on the artificial turf.
“I think the heat definitely got to us,” senior Rachael Dietz said. “In the first half we ran with them and were more confident. They got a few early goals (in the second half) and it just wore us down. We weren’t hydrated enough and I think we definitely needed to train a little more for this (heat).”
Liz Macvittie and Brittany Murphy both scored four goals and Ashley Bonnoitt supplied three goals and an assist for the Aviators. Kara Marth added two goals and two assists as Sycamore improved to 19-0 and played Medina in the state final May 31.
Olentangy, making its first state tournament appearance since 2005, was led by three goals from junior Katie Stegmann and two from Dietz.
A goal by Stevie Jefferis tied the score at 7 with just over a minute before halftime, but Macvittie scored with 40 seconds left as the Aviators took the lead to halftime. Macvittie scored just 20 seconds into the second half and Bonnoitt and Marth followed with goals to make it 11-7 with 19:42 left.
Olentangy did not score in the second half until 29 seconds remained.
The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team rallied to beat Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 16-11 in a Division II state semifinal on May 30 at New Albany.
The Wolves trailed 7-5 just 13 seconds into the second half, before they went on an 11-1 run over the following 17 minutes to take a commanding 16-8 lead with less than six minutes remaining.
Kilbourne improved to 16-3 and advanced to a state final for the second time in team history, after losing to New Albany 11-10 in last year’s state final.
“We hadn’t played for an entire week and we started very slowly,” coach Doug Troutner said. “Our shooting was a little rusty. We had a lot of good scoring opportunities but we took a lot of bad shots.
“In the second half, we were able to gain possession off the draw and take better-quality shots.”
Miriam Bassani had four goals and three assists, Kara Hines had four goals, Allison Martz had three goals and three assists, Maggie Baumgardner and Grace
Cameron each had two goals, Abby Miller had two assists, Riley Spencer scored one goal and Addy Boyles had 14 saves.
“We had balanced scoring, which is exactly what I like to see,” Troutner said.