There is no magic reload button for the Upper Arlington High School boys lacrosse team, yet for the past five years, coach Ted Wolford has been able to recalibrate the Bears into a Division I state championship team.

There is no magic reload button for the Upper Arlington High School boys lacrosse team, yet for the past five years, coach Ted Wolford has been able to recalibrate the Bears into a Division I state championship team.

UA lost 20 players, 11 of whom are playing in college, from last year's team that finished 19-3 overall and earned its fifth consecutive state title with an 8-3 victory over Worthington Kilbourne. But the consensus among area coaches is UA is still the team to beat.

"We're inexperienced, but we like the kids we have," said Wolford, whose team will open Wednesday at Hilliard Darby and April 2 at Toledo St. John's. "We've got a lot of athletes who work hard, and once we get that experience, we'll be all right."

Last year's graduates accounted for 164 of UA's 261.

Seniors Alex Drake (33 goals, 23 assists) and Kyle Frost (14 goals, 7 assists) and sophomore Luke Treece return to the attack, where they will be joined by senior John Sawhill. Drake was the Offensive Most Valuable Player of the state tournament. Seniors Will Allen, Alex Pore, Kyler Cooper and Colin Casey, junior Timmy Yuhas and Spencer Parsons and sophomore Kyle Vesper return to the midfield.

Among the graduation losses were Eric Hanover (51 goals, 13 assists), Adam Donahue (51 goals, 29 assists), Keith Olson (20 goals, 10 assists) and Cal Case (22 goals, 9 assists).

"We have a host of other players who are also fighting for opportunities to get on the field," Wolford said. "We have a lot of potential."

Senior Ted Dugger, junior Daniel Kloos and sophomore Sam Kennedy are battling to replace Alex Benedick, the Defensive Most Valuable Player of the state tournament, at goalie.

Seniors Phil Gross and Mark Crawford and junior Joseph Benedick will lead the close defense. Juniors John Hardesty, Steve Zid and Cody Puccetti could see time as long-stick midfielders. The Bears will be trying to replace six defenders, including Grant Oliver, the OHSLA Player of the Year and Defender of the Year and a USLacrosse Scholastic All-American.

The Bears will not face Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice, which has handed them four losses as they have gone 78-7 the last four years, but Wolford believes his team will be challenged in the OCC-Buckeye Division. UA and Kilbourne shared the title at 6-1 last year, ahead of Dublin Jerome (5-2), Thomas Worthington (4-3), Dublin Scioto (4-3), Dublin Coffman (2-5), Hilliard Davidson (1-6) and Darby (0-7).

"The schedule's going to make us stronger," Wolford said. "A lot more teaching against done against good teams and that helps us prepare for the tournament."

•The girls team, which opened with a 14-4 loss to Olney (Md.) Our Lady Good Counsel last Saturday, will play host to Hilliard Davidson on Tuesday and at Darby on April 2 in a pair of OCC-Buckeye games.

At a glance

BOYS

•Coach: Ted Wolford, 18th season

•Opener: Wednesday at Darby

•Key players: Mark Crawford, Alex Drake, Ted Dugger, Kyle Frost, Phil Gross and Daniel Kloos