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Girls Lacrosse

Local squads showed progress this season

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Westerville South High School girls lacrosse coach Allison Neff doesn't believe her team's season should be judged solely on its record.

The Wildcats finished 6-10 overall, but they tied for second in the OCC-Central Division, broke the program record for victories in a season and swept their community rivals, Westerville Central and Westerville North.

South's previous record for wins was set last year, when it finished 5-12. This was the Wildcats' sixth season.

"I'm very happy with the ways things ended up," Neff said. "We didn't meet our .500 goal, but we competed very well."

South lost to Toledo Notre Dame 13-7 in the first round of the Division I North/Central Region tournament May 14.

The Wildcats went 5-2 in the OCC-Central to tie Pickerington Central and finish behind Pickerington North (7-0) and ahead of Gahanna (4-3), Westerville Central (3-4), Delaware (2-5), Westerville North (2-5) and Big Walnut (0-7).

South defeated Westerville North 11-6 on April 18 and beat Westerville Central 13-9 on May 5.

Last season, the Wildcats tied Westerville North for third in the league.

"We beat both Westervilles, which was one of our goals, and we (finished higher in the league) than last year, so that's great," Neff said.

South loses four seniors in Brittany Fandrey (midfielder), Sallie Mackin (defender), Taelor Severing (midfielder) and Maggie Van Keuls (defender).

Fandrey led the team in scoring with 37 goals and four assists and was named first-team all-league. Severing had 31 goals and two assists and was honorable mention all-league and Van Keuls was second-team all-league.

"The seniors were huge contributors to our team," Neff said. "We are going to miss our seniors a lot."

South also loses junior defender Rachel Farrow, who will be studying overseas in the 2012-13 school year, according to Neff.

Among the key players expected to return are junior goalkeeper Isa Rodriguez, who had 267 saves and was first-team all-league, and sophomore attacker Victoria Husain, who had 20 goals and an assist and was second-team all-league.

Others expected to return are junior Katie Gorman (midfielder), sophomores Kieran Arens (attacker), McKenna Davis (attacker), Trista Diersing (defender), Dominique Dosky (defender), Kayleigh Garcia (defender), Anne Hulthen (attacker), Casey Kusan (attacker/midfielder), Michaela Leonard (attacker) and Loan Quan (defender) and freshmen Keri Garrett (midfielder), Anna Marie Lynn (attacker) and Tiffany Schafer (attacker).

Gorman had 14 goals and two assists and Kusan had 12 goals and one assist.

Warhawks improve on 2011 season

Central more than doubled its victory total from a year ago, as it finished 5-12 after going 2-11-1 last season.

The Warhawks lost to Olentangy Orange 24-9 in the first round of the Division I North/Central Region tournament May 14. They then ended their season with a 12-5 win over Big Walnut in an OCC-Central game May 15.

"We lost a lot of girls from last year to this year, and we had a lot of new girls," coach Rachel Tooker said. "It's the best season they've ever had, so I can't really ask for anything more."

Central split two games with North, losing 14-13 in overtime on April 26 and winning 13-7 on May 11.

Junior midfielder Kelsie Malloy had a team-high 35 goals and was first-team all-league.

The team's only senior, attacker Sage Marquardt, had 31 goals and was second-team all-league, and sophomore attacker Rachel Schroeder had 29 goals and was honorable mention all-league.

Junior midfielder Andrea Robinson was first-team all-league and sophomore defender Mackenzie Moushey was second-team all-league.

Freshman goalie Gabby Conard had 105 saves.

Other players expected to return are juniors Tessa Green (defender), Kiki Hall (defender), Meghan Lowery (defender), Allie McKahan (attacker), Madison Miles (defender) and Lindsay Peterson (attacker/midfielder), sophomores Sara Abrahamsen (goalie), Gracie Albany (attacker), Karlene Harrison (defender) and Brady Walston (attacker) and freshmen Cydney Fugazzi (attacker), Anna Harris (defender) and Melaney Peters (attacker).

Warriors post more wins than in 2011

North finished 4-12 after losing to Mentor 14-3 in the first round of the Division I North/Central Region tournament May 14.

The Warriors finished 3-10 last season.

"I had a blast this year," first-year coach Chip Walston said. "The two assistant coaches (Abby Breneman and Morgan Goddard) and I had a good time this year. There were a number of players for a variety of reasons that should have come back but didn't come back. They were either too busy or just decided they weren't going to play lacrosse this year."

Junior midfielder Katy Williams had a team-high 47 goals and was first-team all-league and second-team all-region.

"Katy is a really good player," Walston said. "The good thing about her is she's not the super vocal-type person, but she shows it with her work ethic and just the way she plays hard every game no matter what the score is. I know a lot of the young girls really learned a ton from her this year just watching her play and listening to her throughout the practices."

Junior midfielder Tricia Gerber had 18 goals and was second-team all-league and junior defender Rachel Jantzen was honorable mention all-league. Junior midfielder Caitlyn Moreland had 17 goals and freshman goalie Sarina Tran had 195 saves.

North loses one senior in attacker Kristen Hannaford.

"Kristen was another one of those quiet leaders," Walston said. "She was always there for practices and she always played her best during games."

Other players expected to return are juniors Miranda Goddard (defender), Megan Koleske (midfielder), Ashley Legin (defender), Hayley Loy (defender), Tori Smith (attacker) and Danielle Weaver (utility player), sophomore Cami Snider (defender) and freshmen Megan Bono (attacker), Teresa Chatel (defender), Rachel Long (utility player), Elizabeth MacLeod (utility player), Anna Sivey (utility player) and Madelyn Strayer (goalie).

CENTRAL

*Record: 5-12 overall, 3-4 (fifth) in OCC-Central

*Senior lost: Sage Marquardt

*Key returnees: Gabby Conard, Kelsie Malloy, Mackenzie Moushey, Andrea Robinson and Rachel Schroeder

NORTH

*Record: 4-12 overall, 2-5 (tied for sixth) in OCC-Central

*Senior lost: Kristen Hannaford

*Key returnees: Tricia Gerber, Rachel Jantzen, Caitlyn Moreland, Sarina Tran and Katy Williams

SOUTH

*Record: 6-10 overall, 5-2 (tied for second) in OCC-Central

*Seniors lost: Brittany Fandrey, Sallie Mackin, Taelor Severing and Maggie Van Keuls

*Key returnees: Katie Gorman, Victoria Husain, Casey Kusan and Isa Rodriguez

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