The Westerville Central and Westerville North high school boys club lacrosse teams are seeking to earn the Westerville Champions Cup for the first time, but after Wednesday's game at North only one still will have the chance of making that a reality.

The Westerville Central and Westerville North high school boys club lacrosse teams are seeking to earn the Westerville Champions Cup for the first time, but after Wednesday's game at North only one still will have the chance of making that a reality.

The trophy is given to the program that goes 2-0 against the other Westerville schools. For the Warhawks, it's going to take a turnaround from last year's game when the Warriors overwhelmed them, setting a pro-gram record for goals scored in a 20-11 win.

Greg Hopkins had five goals and three assists in that game, but Hopkins has been out all season recovering from an internal ailment that required surgery. There is hope he could be back. Without him the Warriors still are playing consistent offensively, averaging 13.8 goals per game.

If North is going to break another scoring record against Central, it will have to go through a defense that Warhawks defender Garrett Curtis said is stronger than last year, especially with the addition of first-year player Kyle Stephenson to an already experienced group.

"I remember (last year's game) was close until Greg Hopkins came and stole the game," Curtis said. "We have players on defense now that have better experience. If we get someone that starts to score on us, we can put Kyle on him and shut him down."

The Warhawks will have to concentrate their defense on North attackers Brit Donahue and Drew Hathaway. Donahue had five goals and Hathaway had three in North's 14-11 win over Gahanna on April 21.

Central's offense, led by Bill Capin (21 goals through seven games) and Tanner Ayle (20), will face a North defense led by Jared Allen, Evan Matsumoto and David Stone with Matt Schaublin in goal.

Kenny Macauley, an attack midfielder for North, said the attack has continued to run smoothly despite the change in coach to Tom Welsh, and he was expecting it still to present problems for Central.

North midfielder Jacob Stranges said that was because the attitude the Warriors will take into the game hasn't changed.

"(The Central-North game is) one of those games where if you don't come out on top or feeling like you're going to win, you're not going to win," Stranges said. "In (the last game) it's halftime and we're like, it's Central, we've never lost to them before, we're not going to lose now. That's exactly how it is this year."

North was 5-1 before playing Dublin Coffman last Tuesday in a game that started what the North players said was the season's defining week.

The Warriors will play host Friday to Olentangy, which beat them 8-7 last year, and Saturday they will travel to Dublin Jerome, which beat South, the reigning Westerville Champions Cup holder, 16-1 on April 3.

"I think (the Coffman, Olentangy and Jerome games) will tell how the rest of the season is going to go for us," Schaublin said. "We're going against three tough teams. We are going to come out of the week either letting other teams know we're going to be a force to be reckoned with or we could lose those three games and be like 'we have some work to do.'"

Central won four of its first five games, but then lost Olentangy (11-9 on April 22) and Hilliard Davidson (11-9 last Friday) to fall to 4-3.

At a glance

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

CENTRAL

April 18 -- Defeated Morgantown (W.Va.) 16-5

*April 22 -- Lost to Olentangy 11-9

Last Friday -- Lost to Hilliard Davidson 11-9

Last Monday -- Lost to Dublin Jerome 14-3

*Last Wednesday -- Played Pickerington

Friday -- At Perrysburg

Saturday -- At Toledo Ottawa Hills

Monday -- At Worthington Kilbourne

*Wednesday -- At North

Of note: The Warhawks were 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the OCC-Ohio before last Wednesday.

NORTH

*April 21 -- Def. Gahanna 14-11

Last Monday -- Played Dublin Coffman

*Friday -- Home vs. Olentangy. The Warriors lost 9-7 last year.

Saturday -- At Jerome

*Wednesday -- Home vs. Central

Of note: The Warriors were 5-1 overall before last Monday and are 3-0 in the OCC-Ohio.

SOUTH

*April 17 -- Def. Gahanna 10-5

*April 22 -- Def. Olentangy Orange 7-0

*April 23 -- Lost to Olentangy Liberty 7-4

Last Wednesday -- Played St. Charles

*Friday -- Home vs. New Albany

Sunday -- Home vs. Sylvania

Wednesday -- Home vs. Granville

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

*OCC-Ohio game