The second-seeded Thomas Worthington High School boys lacrosse team entered its Division I regional semifinal last Wednesday against third-seeded Olentangy with the clear mindset of taking it one game at a time.

The second-seeded Thomas Worthington High School boys lacrosse team entered its Division I regional semifinal last Wednesday against third-seeded Olentangy with the clear mindset of taking it one game at a time.

"We can't be worried about the regional final," coach Steve Kraus said.

"We have to play what lies ahead. After losing to us (10-9 in double-overtime May 2), we know Olentangy is going to be looking to get that one back."

The winner will play top-seeded Upper Arlington or fourth-seeded Dublin Coffman in a regional final Saturday. Thomas lost to UA 6-4 on April 25 and beat Coffman 10-4 on April 23.

The regional champion will play in a state semifinal at home Wednesday, likely against Cincinnati Moeller or Cincinnati St. Xavier. The Cardinals beat St. Xavier 8-4 on April 12 but lost to Moeller 7-6 in their opener March 29.

Thomas beat Westerville North 19-2 on May 20 and then ousted Hilliard Darby 16-4 in the tournament opener last Saturday to improve to 13-6. Against Darby, Brian Gifford had six goals and one assist, Trevon Cleveland had two goals and one assist and Eric Garris scored twice.

The Cardinals entered last Wednesday averaging 16 goals in their last three contests.

"At the (MSLCA tournament in Detroit on May 17-18) we started doing things properly on offense and our goal production took off," said Kraus, whose team won the B bracket of the MSLCA. "Our defense has played well all season, but when the offense plays like that it takes a lot of pressure off the defense."

Kilbourne, which went 0-2 in the MSLCA A bracket, beat Westerville Central 20-0 in its Division I tournament opener last Saturday to improve to 16-3 entering a regional semifinal against fifth-seeded Hilliard Davidson last Wednesday.

"We got back to our old form," said coach Mike Riffee, whose team is seeded first in its region. "You rarely get a shutout in lacrosse but everyone was working together."

The winner last Wednesday will play second-seeded Dublin Jerome or third-seeded Dublin Scioto in a regional final Saturday. The Wolves beat Jerome 16-3 in the opener April 2 and Scioto 17-5 on April 16. However, Jerome was without Marshall Burkhart, a Johns Hopkins-signee, in the first meeting. Burkhart had two goals in an 18-3 win over Olentangy Liberty last Saturday.

"There's a different intensity to practices during the playoffs," midfielder Patrick Riffee said. "We all know that games mean a lot more. You're nervous and intensity is a little higher than usual in the playoffs."

The regional champion will play in a state semifinal Wednesday against Hudson, Wooster, Cleveland St. Ignatius or Medina. Hudson was state runner-up last year.

Kilbourne defeated Hudson 18-2 on May 2.

Against Central, Nick Beattie, Andrew Wilfong, Will Campbell and Kevin Jiang had three goals and Jimmy Luckino and Drew Roper had two. It was Kilbourne's first shutout since beating Detroit Catholic Central 6-0 on April 16, 2000.

"Our team goal is to hold teams under eight goals," coach Riffee said. "We've been able to do that (15 times) this year. Defensively, you need to play aggressively and interrupt their offense."