The Thomas Worthington High School girls lacrosse team celebrated its 40th season by honoring dozens of former players on the field May 10 and presenting a bouquet of flowers to Pam Galipault.
Galipault is the widow of John Galipault Sr., who founded the Cardinals as Ohio's first high school girls lacrosse team.
The Cardinals also made their supporters and alumni proud that evening by defeating Gahanna 15-8. Midfielder Tonycia Melfe had three goals and two assists, midfielder Liza Carey and attacker Mallary Weinsz each scored three goals, attacker Zoe Collaros scored two goals and midfielders Devan Chakroff, Claire Durfee, Rachael Roman and Mara Sheban each scored one goal.
"This was a very special night for us with a big alumni turnout coming back to support us and Pam and her husband being recognized for their many contributions to the history of our program," coach Ally McCarthy-Minister said. "It was the perfect way to end our regular season with our team playing so well, and then our alumni, players and their families went back to the school to have dinner together afterward."
The win also gave the Cardinals a confidence boost three days after they lost to Upper Arlington 17-6 to finish 2-3 in the OCC-Buckeye Division.
"At this point, we're reaching our peak, and I hope we're ready to compete with the top teams in the state," McCarthy-Minister said. "Our team works so well together, and we have to continue to play as one team to go far in the tournament."
Thomas was 11-5 overall before opening the Division I South/Central Region tournament May 15 against Dublin Coffman or Hilliard Bradley.
The winner plays host to a semifinal Monday, May 20, against Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame or Springboro, with that winner advancing to a regional final May 23.
In last year's tournament, Thomas defeated Dublin Scioto 14-4 and Coffman 14-13 in three overtimes before losing to UA 18-5 in a regional final.
Wolves girls looking to get back to state
The Kilbourne girls team fell to OCC-Buckeye opponent New Albany 13-12 on May 7 in a matchup of the top two seeds in the Division II South/Central Region tournament.
The Eagles took a 12-9 lead with four minutes remaining before the Wolves rallied to tie the score at 12 on a goal by midfielder Kara Hines with 1:34 to play
New Albany, which earned the top seed in the region, scored the winner with 41 seconds left.
Attackers Miriam Bassani and Lexie Walton each scored three goals, Hines and midfielder Maggie Baumgardner each scored two goals, attackers Alex Lawrence and Allison Martz each scored one goal and goalkeeper Alex Malone had seven saves.
The Wolves are 13-3 overall and finished 3-2 in the OCC-Buckeye.
Kilbourne's other losses this season were to UA, which is the top seed in the Division I South/Central Region (15-14 on April 11), and Medina, which is the top seed in the Division I North/Central Region (12-2 on April 13).
"Our three losses are to three of the four No. 1 seeds in the state, so that's not too bad," coach Doug Troutner said.
The Wolves bounced back from the New Albany loss to defeat Olentangy Liberty 19-9 on May 9. Bassani and Walton each scored four goals, Hines, Martz and attacker Alycia Kingcade each scored three goals, midfielder Grace Cameron and Baumgardner each scored one goal and Malone and Addy Boyles each had two saves.
Kilbourne then wrapped up its regular season by beating Columbus School for Girls 20-6 on May 10. Hines scored six goals, Bassani had four goals and six assists and Cameron had three goals and three assists.
The Wolves open the Division II South/Central Region tournament by playing host Thursday, May 16, to Kings Mills Kings.
The winner plays host Tuesday, May 21, to Cincinnati Anderson or Cincinnati Seton in a semifinal, with the winner advancing to a regional final May 23.
Last year, the Wolves defeated Cincinnati Marie-mont 15-13 in a regional final before losing to Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 16-13 in a state semifinal.
"We've never played Kings ... before so it will be fun to have to coach on the fly with no preconceived notions," Troutner said. "We can't rest on our laurels. We have to keep getting better because our opponents are going to be tougher the deeper we go into the tournament."
Thomas boys end losing streak
The Thomas boys team ended a two-game losing streak by defeating Pickerington Central 8-7 on May 8.
Attacker Max King scored two goals.
Defender Will Byars, midfielder Justin May, midfielder Aiden McCarthy, midfielder Michael Hilliard, attacker Luke Porteus and attacker Nick Hegarty each scored one goal, and goalie Evan Smith had 10 saves.
The Cardinals lost to Olentangy 12-10 on May 9 as King scored five goals and defeated Westerville Central 9-5 on May 13 to move to 8-8 before playing St. Charles on May 15.
The Cardinals were 8-2 when holding opponents to nine or fewer goals.
The postseason draw is Sunday, May 19.
Kilbourne boys earn two wins
The Kilbourne boys team went 2-1 last week.
After losing to UA 10-3 in an OCC-Buckeye game May 8, the Wolves beat DeSales 11-10 in overtime May 10.
Kilbourne then defeated New Albany 12-1 in its league finale May 11 to finish 4-1 in the OCC-Buckeye. Midfielder Sam Shaffer scored three goals, midfielders Joe Davis and Cam Watson each scored two goals and Shawn Lauderman (attacker), Jake Roberts (attacker), Jared Happ (midfielder), John Mack (midfielder) and Matt Wylly (midfielder) each scored once. Goalies Kyle Johnson and Mike Turnbull each had four saves.
After winning nine of their first 10 games, the Wolves lost three of six and were 12-4 overall before playing Hilliard Davidson on May 14 and Olentangy Orange at home Friday, May 17.