Turns out moving down to Division II is what the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team needed to move ahead.

Turns out moving down to Division II is what the Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team needed to move ahead.

The Wolves, who had been in Division I prior to this season, beat Cincinnati Mariemont 15-13 in a Division II South/Central Region final on May 24 to improve to 15-2-1 and advanced to a state semifinal for the first since 2000.

"This is a really big step for our program," coach Doug Troutner said. "We've been improving over the last couple of years and raising our own expectations. Now we're starting to see the groundwork that we've laid over the last couple of years to be paying off."

Kilbourne will face Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown on Friday, June 1, at Kings Mills Kings. The winner will play New Albany or Chagrin Falls in the state final at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Mason.

The Wolves defeated Chagrin Falls 10-9 on April 21 but lost to New Albany 21-11 on April 17. They have not played Hathaway Brown this season.

Mariemont opened a 5-2 lead 10 minutes into the first half, but Kilbourne responded by scoring six consecutive goals to take a 9-6 lead into halftime. The Wolves would not relinquish the lead and employed stall tactics in the final five minutes.

"We practice the stall every day not only for our offense, but so our defense can try to work against it," said Troutner, whose team tied Mariemont at 8 in the Hannigan-Galipault tournament on April 21. "Running the stall is all about making good decisions, when to hold the ball and when to pass it. We didn't want to be greedy and try to get more goals."

Freshman attacker Miriam Bassani led the Wolves' offensive attack against Mariemont with five goals and senior midfielder Carly Cameron scored four.

Kilbourne defeated Cincinnati Summit Country Day 16-15 in overtime in a regional semifinal on May 22. Bassani led the way with six goals and Cameron and senior attacker Savannah Coen each scored three.

Thomas boys fall in regional final

The Thomas Worthington boys team lost to Upper Arlington 13-9 in a Division I Central Region final May 26 to finish 15-6.

Trailing 10-6, the Cardinals scored three consecutive goals to pull within one goal, only to see the Golden Bears answer with three goals in the final six minutes.

"We just played hard," coach John Galipault said. "I think we could play with them any day of the week. It's just a matter of not making any mistakes. We made one too many mistakes."

Senior midfielder Eric Monfort had three goals and senior attacker Peter Vaccarella scored two.

Thomas, which had lost to UA 6-3 in an OCC-Buckeye Division game on May 8, opened the tournament with a 14-7 win over Pickerington Central on May 19 and beat Kilbourne 8-6 in the second round May 23 before losing to the Bears.

Against Kilbourne, senior midfielders Ryan Gabel and Marcus Willis each scored two goals and senior goalkeeper Andrew Jones had 10 saves.

Senior attacker Charlie Bassani had three goals to lead Kilbourne, which finished 15-4 and failed to advance to a state semifinal for the first time since 2006 when it lost to Dublin Jerome 10-4 in a regional final. Senior attacker Ryan Pritchett had two goals and junior goalie James Gundling had nine saves.

The Wolves opened the tournament with a 21-7 win over Gahanna on May 19.

Thomas girls fall in regional final

The Thomas girls team lost to UA 18-5 in a Division I South/Central Region final May 24 to finish 12-7.

Senior midfielder Sam Kuehnl had three goals to lead the Cardinals and senior goalie Crystal Dershem had 13 saves.

Thomas had opened the tournament with a 14-4 win over Dublin Scioto on May 16 and defeated Dublin Coffman 14-13 in three overtimes in a regional semifinal May 21 before losing to UA.