Boys Lacrosse - Regional Final Roundup

Jerome's defense fends off Olentangy

Top-seeded Upper Arlington cruises past North Canton Hoover

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Dublin Jerome's Shawn Ewert scored four goals with one assist as the Celtics beat Olentangy 8-3 in a Division I region final May 31.

Shawn Ewert scored four goals with one assist for the Dublin Jerome High School boys lacrosse team in an 8-3 win over fourth-seeded Olentangy in a Division I regional final May 31 at Upper Arlington.

The Celtics (16-4) advance to play Cincinnati St. Xavier at 7 p.m. June 4 at Centerville. The Bombers (16-6) defeated Mason 14-10 in a regional final May 31 at Kings Mills Kings.

Olentangy (16-5) took a 1-0 lead when Caelan Laughlin scored with 8 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the first quarter, but second-seeded Jerome scored the next seven goals to lead 7-2, as Ewart scored on a pass from Skyler Blake with 4:40 left in the third.

“(The Braves) are definitely a second-half team and we did a good job against them,” Jerome coach A.J. Auld said. “Our defense held tight, allowing only three goals, and Chase (Rose) played great in goal.”

Mikey Bano scored three goals with two assists for the Celtics and Steve Kidwell had one goal. Chris Haimbaugh had one assist and Rose had 13 saves.

Cliff Kigar and Zach Potter scored one goal apiece for Olentangy and Will Lucas added one assist. Cole Palmby had nine saves in goal.

Jerome totaled 17 shots on goal and the Braves had 16.

“(The Celtics) have a great team and a great program,” said Olentangy coach Zach Peterson, whose team was eliminated by Jerome 9-2 in a Division I regional final last season. “They have the type of program that we aspire to become.”

Upper Arlington 15, North Canton Hoover 2 

Kyle Roberts’ career-high five goals helped the Upper Arlington High School boys lacrosse team rout North Canton Hoover 15-2 in a Division I regional final May 31 at Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.

Cam Marsh added three goals, and Carter Braet and Jack Pardi scored two each for the Golden Bears, who led 11-1 at halftime. Danny Harkin, Max Rankin and Justin Wick each scored goal as UA — the top seed in the Central Region seeking its third consecutive state championship — improved to 19-2.

Hoover, which came out of the Northeast Region, finished 12-7.

Christian Carlin made four saves in goal and Wes Markwood added two for UA, which will play Hudson in a state semifinal at 7 p.m. June 4 at Denison University.

The winner will play Cincinnati St. Xavier or Dublin Jerome in the state final at 4 p.m. June 7 at Olentangy Liberty.

— Dave Purpura