Adam Beasley took over the Westerville North High School boys lacrosse team last summer and he made it his job to change the way the players thought about playing offense.

Adam Beasley took over the Westerville North High School boys lacrosse team last summer and he made it his job to change the way the players thought about playing offense.

Beasley wanted a more free-flowing game and didn't need players hesitating about whether or not they should take a shot. He told them if taking the shot was a mistake, he would embrace that mistake.

His philosophy is to treat it as a learning experience because in his system, there will be many more opportunities -- and they would come quickly, through transition.

The Warriors traveled to North Carolina and South Carolina during spring break and unveiled their new offense. It didn't take long before senior attacker Connor Hamons realized the system would work.

"The third game on spring break is probably when we knew," Hamons said. "Late in the game we were moving the ball so quickly and passing so perfectly and always looking for the next pass to get the guaranteed goal. I was completely sure, if we moved the ball, no defense could stop us."

After losing to Raleigh (N.C.) Wakefield 13-5 in a scrimmage, the Warriors defeated Lexington (S.C.) White Knoll 14-7 and Greensboro (N.C.) Grimsley 9-6.

Once back in Ohio, the Warriors didn't slow down. Last Friday they had program-record for goals in a 20-11 win over Westerville Central, the fourth game in a row the Warriors have scored in double digits.

Hamons has benefited from the new attack as have senior Drew Williams and junior Greg Hopkins. Hopkins had five goals against Westerville Central and Hamons and Williams both had four.

Hopkins scored three times in the first five minutes and that had the Warhawks defenders looking for him. That's when Hopkins began to find his teammates. He finished with three assists.

Getting defenses to worry about one attacker making a run has been a staple of the offense. Through five game, the Warriors had scored 69 goals. They didn't reach that total until 12 games into last season.

"The offense is very generic," Beasley said. "These guys have just built a bond as far as attacking. Each player is opening up opportunities. If he can take the ball to the goal and beat his defenseman, teams are going to worry about that."

The bonding happened during spring break where the Warriors attended a lacrosse game between Duke and Harvard. They also spent an afternoon at a Duke practice.

"We saw how (Duke) acted during practice," Hamons said. "And we could see their whole team bonding and really into the practice and the way they did the drills to get better."

They also took away a few traditions from it. The Duke coaches like to show their team a highlight video of previous games to get the team ready to play. North has adopted the video viewing.

"Luckily there hasn't been too many lowlights," Hopkins said.

With the team scoring at a faster pace, the Warriors are feeling more confident heading into a Saturday game at Upper Arlington, which is defending Division I state champions and were 6-1 before last Wednesday. UA has scored 65 goals and has won by an average margin of 8.8 goals.

The Warriors played UA in the last two seasons and were shut out both times. It was 15-0 last year and 16-0 the year before.

"I don't think our team felt any confidence before going into (those games)," Hamons said. "We were so intimidated that we couldn't focus on playing our best. As long as we can go in with confidence, we can go in there and play our best."

North goalie Rob Shepherd (left) congratulates Joe Salvino last Friday after Salvino scored a goal in a 20-11 victory over Central.

(Upper right) Central players Bryan Riczko, left, Nick Marburger, Zach Killian and Keegan Varner wear their game faces.

(Left) North's Gunner Kircks, left, and Central's Zach Swick battle for the ball last Friday.

At a glance

Below are the recent results and coming schedules for the Central, North and South boys lacrosse teams:


April 16 -- Lost to Pickerington 14-2

Last Friday -- Lost to Westerville North 20-11. Keegan Varner scored three goals.

Last Tuesday -- Played DeSales

*Friday -- At Olentangy. The Warhawks lost 11-6 last year.

Saturday -- Home vs. Bexley

May 2 -- Home vs. Granville

Of note: The Warhawks were 4-2 overall before last Tuesday and are 1-2 in the OCC-Ohio


*Last Friday -- Defeated Westerville Central 20-11. Greg Hopkins had five goals.

Last Wednesday -- Played Toledo St. John's

*Today -- Home vs. Gahanna

Saturday -- At Upper Arlington

*Tuesday -- At Olentangy. The Warriors won 12-11 last year.

Of note: The Warriors were 4-1 overall before last Wednesday and are 1-1 in the OCC-Ohio


*April 15 -- Def. Gahanna 10-9

Last Friday -- Lost to Worthington Kilbourne 18-4

*Last Tuesday -- Played Pickerington

Today -- At New Albany

Saturday -- Home vs. Medina

Tuesday -- At St. Charles

Of note: The Wildcats were 2-5 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Ohio before last Tuesday.

*OCC-Ohio game