Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse coach Doug Troutner is hoping games against three of the top programs in the state will help his team going forward.

Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse coach Doug Troutner is hoping games against three of the top programs in the state will help his team going forward.

The Wolves lost to New Albany 21-10 on April 17, lost to Upper Arlington 17-8 on April 19 and tied Cincinnati Mariemont at 8 on April 21 in the Hannigan-Galipault tournament at Thomas Worthington.

In laxpower.com's state rankings, New Albany was first, UA was third and Mariemont was fifth. Entering play April 23, the three teams had a combined record of 20-3-1.

"We're a very young team, especially on defense," Troutner said. "When you play a team like UA, it's really going to exploit your weaknesses.
"We're hoping they can pick up things from these games and be able to learn from it. We're going to use these lessons on down the road."

According to midfielder Carly Cameron, playing five games in five days didn't allow Kilbourne much time to study its mistakes. In addition to the aforementioned games, the Wolves defeated West Chester Lakota West 13-10 on April 20 and beat Chagrin Falls 10-9 on April 21 in the Hannigan-Galipault tournament.

"Sometimes it's good to dwell on a loss," said Cameron, who scored 13 goals in that five-game stretch. "You need to think about what you did wrong. Sometimes it seems like we're moving too fast onto the next game and you forget about the mistakes you just made and make them again."

After playing two games in the first 17 days of the season, Kilbourne played nine games between April 12 and April 24.

"We came back from spring break and we had so many games – boom, boom, boom," Cameron said. "It was good to play them and we learned a lot. It's frustrating to lose, but that's going to make our game better."

"At this point, I just know when the games are," Troutner said with a laugh. "I haven't even stopped to think about who we are playing."

Thomas girls expect to be tested by Liberty

Thomas girls coach Ally McCarthy expects her team to be tested when it travels to Olentangy Liberty on May 3.

The Patriots were 6-2-1 after going 0-1-1 in the Hannigan-Galipault tournament, losing to Cincinnati Ursuline Academy 9-8 and tying Cincinnati Seton at 8.

The Cardinals have won the previous two meetings with Liberty, defeating the Patriots 16-3 in 2005 and 21-10 last season.

"Liberty has a very strong program," McCarthy said. "(Coach Abby Osborn) has developed a very strong program. They're strong, play very aggressively and they play smart."

The Cardinals went 1-1 in the Hannigan-Galipault tournament, defeating St. Louis John Burroughs 8-3 and losing to Gates Mills Hawken 7-5.

The loss was the first of the season for John Burroughs, which was ranked first in this week's laxpower.com's state rankings in Missouri.

"We played with a lot of confidence," McCarthy said. "We had a lot of pride because this is our tournament. In the second game, we were more challenged. We fell behind Gates Mills Hawken and with a running clock, time is definitely not on your side."