If last year taught the Wellington School girls lacrosse team anything, it may have been to dream big.

If last year taught the Wellington School girls lacrosse team anything, it may have been to dream big.

The Jaguars achieved most of their goals last season, finishing 15-4-1 overall after losing to Chagrin Falls 12-11 in a Division II state semifinal.

"We learned you can accomplish anything if you keep your goals in mind, work hard and use teamwork," said coach Liz Clapacs, whose team opens March 31 with a Central Independent League game at Watterson. "But it doesn't come easy.

"Last year was a very close-knit team with some really strong players. This year we have a lot of new and young players. Who is going to be starters is a mystery at this point."

The Jaguars' postseason run last year was their second foray into the state tournament since the OSLCA went to a single-elimination tournament in 2000. Their other state appearance came in 2005, when they lost to Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit 11-9 in a state semifinal.

Wellington will have some major patchwork to do offensively if it is going to make another run to state.

The Jaguars lost three players to graduation who combined to score 177 goals last season. Kara Concheck, who is playing for Fresno State University, was second-team all-state and scored a program-record 123 goals last year. Kara Chester, who made second-team all-region, scored 35 goals and Nicole Darragh had 19 goals.

However, Wellington returns senior Grace Korandovich and junior Abby Chester as attacking midfielders and senior Rachael Buckingham, junior Sejal Crouser and sophomore Meleah Moore to the attack. Korandovich, who has signed with San Diego State, scored 38 goals and was first-team all-district and second-team all-state last year. Chester scored 40 goals a year ago and was honorable mention all-region.

"Our attack is our largest question mark, but this is the strongest group of freshmen we've had in a while," Clapacs said. "They're coming in with a positive attitude and could be valuable contributors this season."

Seniors McKenzie Morse, Elaine Poon and Anna Viragh and sophomore Helen Fite return to a defense that allowed an average of 7.6 goals a game last year. Junior Paige Price has moved from the midfield to goalkeeper to fill the spot vacated by 2010 graduate Colleen Durfee, who is playing for Brown University.

"Paige has emerged as one of the leaders on this team," Clapacs said. "It's a bit of a sacrifice to take her out of the field, but the goalkeeper position is so vital."

The Central Independent League added Granville this year. In the league's inaugural season last year, the Jaguars went 5-1 and placed second, behind Columbus Academy (6-0) and ahead of Columbus School for Girls (4-2), Watterson (3-3), DeSales (2-4), Bexley (1-5) and Hartley (0-6). Academy also advanced to a Division II state semifinal last year.

"What is going to decide how successful we are this season is how well we adapt and fill gaps," Clapacs said. "We have a solid corps of returning players, a couple of dynamic players and a lot of new and younger players. Last year we got the experience of what it takes to make it to the state tournament and (the players have) been working hard to get back there."

•Patrick Donlon begins his first season as coach of the boys lacrosse team with a small roster consisting of 18 players, but he believes that will be enough for the Jaguars to be successful.

"There's a lot of talent in that roster," said Donlon, who replaced Andy Farber as coach. "We have a lot of diversity in this group, with freshmen mixing in with the seniors. We have to make sure we slow the game down for us to have a chance."

The Jaguars, who finished 9-7 after losing to DeSales 11-8 in the first round of the Division II Central regional tournament, lost nine players from a year ago to graduation.

Rebuilding the team's defense will be a top priority, as defender Jacob Robinson and goalkeeper Geoff Quinn were among those who graduated.

The two made honorable mention all-state.

Senior Alex Anderson, juniors Mac Young and Andrew Zody, sophomores Jonathon Robinson and Jordan Tunnell, and freshman Max Schmitz will anchor the defense. Sophomore Russell Fast takes over as goalkeeper.

Senior Patrick Kim (20 goals, 35 assists), junior Anthony Becker (14 goals, 6 assists) and sophomore Jonathan Taylor will lead the attack, and seniors Chris Coughlin and Corey Morse (33 goals, 12 assists), juniors Rick Smith (26 goals, 5 assists) and Jonathon Wobbrock, sophomores Tyler Blaine, Quinten Henricks and Tyler Sharp, and freshman Will Edwards will play in the midfield.

"Teamwork and communication are going to be the big keys for us," said Donlon, whose team opens April 1 at the Saltsburg (Pa.) Kiski Prep Tournament. "With such a small number of players, everyone has to play a role. We have to be there and back each other up."