The Wellington School boys lacrosse team opened the Division II Region 3 tournament last Tuesday against Watterson, but the sport may have been the furthest thing from the minds of the players.

The Wellington School boys lacrosse team opened the Division II Region 3 tournament last Tuesday against Watterson, but the sport may have been the furthest thing from the minds of the players.

Earlier in the day, the Jaguars attended the funeral of Dr. Larry Allen, the father of senior midfielder Jim Allen and sophomore defender John Allen.

Allen, 55, died May 21, one day after watching his sons play in a 14-12 loss to visiting Hilliard Darby. In that game, Jim Allen scored a tying goal.

"It was a slap in the face, but it really wakes you up," said coach Andy Farber, whose team wore stickers on the backs of their helmets honoring the Allen family. "We place a high level of importance to lacrosse, but there's a greater level of importance to our loved ones. It stinks that it takes something this to make you aware of that.

"Our lacrosse team is like a family and when something like this happens to two members of our team, it's like it happens to all of us."

Hours after visiting with the family, the Jaguars defeated Johnstown 12-10 last Friday to improve to 9-5. It was their 10th game decided by two or fewer goals.

"It's been a very stressful season, but we're on the winning side of the ledger," Farber said. "It seems like we can't do it unless it is close."

Josh King and Ted Emery had four goals against Johnstown.

The winner last Tuesday will play today against second-seeded New Albany or Bexley in a regional semifinal. The regional final is Saturday, with possible opponents being top-seeded Granville, fourth-seeded DeSales, Olentangy Orange and Johnstown.

The regional champion will play in a state semifinal Tuesday against Cincinnati Mariemont, Cincinnati Summit Country Day, Cincinnati Wyoming or Middletown Fenwick.

•Ian Wagner of the boys tennis team will play in the Division II state tournament Friday and Saturday at Ohio State.

Wagner, who was fourth at state last year, finished first at district last Friday and Saturday at Columbus Academy, defeating Academy's Nate Chan 6-0, 6-0 in a semifinal and Academy's John Hendrix 6-0, 6-1 in the final.

•The girls lacrosse team finished 10-6 after a 13-6 loss to second-seeded Mariemont in a Division II South Region semifinal May 18.

"From the feedback I've gotten, I think the girls were pushed and challenged in ways they hadn't been before," first-year coach Liz Clapacs said. "There was a new set of expectations this year, and I was pleased with how well the girls responded to that."

"It was hard having a new coach at the beginning of the season, but as the year progressed we began to understand what she wanted and we had a really successful season," senior midfielder Laura Wilkie said. "She put a big emphasis on defense and broke down the fundamentals of why we do the things we do defensively. That really helped us out."

Wilkie said the season hinged on Wellington's performance at the Hannigan-Galipault tournament April 18 at Thomas Worthington. The Jaguars defeated Shaker Heights 8-7 and Massillon Jackson 8-7. After the tournament, Wellington won four of its next five.

The Jaguars lost three of their last four games before entering the tournament, falling to Worthington Kilbourne 11-7 on May 5, Westerville North 12-10 on May 8 and Academy 11-7 on May 12.

The Jaguars will lose senior Brooke O'Brien (42 goals, 12 assists) from the attack and Wilkie and senior Nicole Dahl (24 goals, 4 assists) from the midfield.

"I wish I could have them in the program a little longer," Clapacs said. "This team was very committed, and that commitment was led by the seniors."

The Jaguars should return junior midfielder Kara Concheck (53 goals, 5 assists), junior attacker Kara Chester (16 assists) and junior goalie Colleen Durfee (165 saves).

Junior Nicole Darragh is expected to return to the attack and sophomores Rachael Buckingham and Grace Korandovich and freshmen Abby Chester and Sophia Mershad are expected to return to the midfield.

Durfee and Concheck were invited to play for the Ohio team in the Women's Division National Tournament last Saturday and Sunday in Bel Air, Md.

Juniors Anna Apostle and Missy Gyurscik, sophomores Mackenzie Morse, Elaine Poon and Anna Viragh should lead to defense and freshman Meredith Mansinne should back up Durfee in goal.

Wellington's Ian Wagner won the Division II district title last Saturday at Columbus Academy to advance to the state tournament.