On a star-studded team playing in front of several college coaches and recruiters, Lucas Wood of the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys lacrosse team had every right to be nervous. And he was.

On a star-studded team playing in front of several college coaches and recruiters, Lucas Wood of the Worthington Kilbourne High School boys lacrosse team had every right to be nervous. And he was.

Playing in the MVP team tournament last June at Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., Wood, a defender, was on a team of 21 players from central Ohio that won the championship.

Eighteen of those players have committed to play in college.

"It was somewhat nerve-wracking," said Wood, one of the 18. "You'd see all the coaches standing on the sidelines, but you'd never know who they were watching. You'd try to forget about it and play it like was another game, but at the same time, obviously you're trying to do your best because you don't know who is watching."

Wood (University of Maryland-Baltimore) and midfielders Drew Roper (Penn State), Patrick Riffee (Ohio State), Kevin Mack (Ohio State) and Austin Wright (Hofstra), all of Kilbourne, were expected to sign their letters of intent last Wednesday. Wood, Roper, Riffee and Wright were all on the team that won the MVP tournament.

In the past three years, Kilbourne has compiled a 47-18 record. It reached a Division I state semifinal in 2007 and lost to Upper Arlington 8-3 in last year's state final.

Although the Kilbourne program has produced more than a dozen Division I signees, no single class has produced five Division I recruits -- in lacrosse or any other sport.

"It's a first for our program at Kilbourne to have five guys (commit to Division I programs)," said coach Mike Riffee, whose team was 19-4 last year. "One of the things that helped them out was the chance to get out to the East Coast and give them the opportunity to play in the summertime. That's where most of the college coaches were watching."

Coach Riffee, who is Patrick's father, said it's unusual for two players from the same team to end up at a place like Ohio State. Last year the Buckeyes finished 11-6 overall and tied Notre Dame and Denver for first in the Great Western Lacrosse League. It lost to Duke 21-10 in an NCAA quarterfinal.

"They've always been a pretty good program, but last year they took some steps forward," said Patrick Riffee, who was first-team all-region and second-team all-state and all-Midwest last season. "The thing I liked about Ohio State the most was they had (the best) student support out of the schools we came in contact with. Plus, it's very close to home."

"With Ohio State being about 15 minutes from my house, I grew up a Buckeye fan, and it's always been my dream to play there," said Mack, who was honorable mention all-region last season. "It's going to take a lot more commitment to play (at the Division I level). The competition is going to be tougher, but I am willing to work at it."

Roper will join former teammate John Brelus, a defender at Penn State. Last year the Nittany Lions finished 7-7 after upsetting fourth-ranked Georgetown 12-11 in overtime in the final game of the season.

"(Brelus) is one of my best friends, and he was always talking about how amazing it was there," said Roper, who also considered Princeton, Notre Dame and Ohio State. "When I went down to Happy Valley to visit, I just fell in love with the place. It was a case where it just fit who I was."

Wright was first-team all-Midwest, all-region and all-state last year. Hofstra went 10-6 overall last season and won the Colonial Athletic Association championship with a 10-9 decision over Drexel. It lost to Johns Hopkins 10-4 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

"I didn't know much about Hofstra when they first contacted me, but once I went up there to visit, I knew it was the place," Wright said. "I was talking to one of the freshmen and he was talking about getting a chance to start. That gave me something to work for. (Coach Seth Tierney) said I now have eight months to prove myself."

Wood, who was first-team all-region, second-team all-OCC and all-Midwest and honorable mention all-state last season, also believes he found the perfect place to play at UMBC. The Terriers finished 12-4 last season after losing to Virginia 10-9 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

"When I went there, I really liked the coaches and the campus," Wood said. "The coaches really gave me the feeling that I was wanted there."