The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team routed Dublin Scioto 20-3 on May 1 to finish 5-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division and capture its first league title.
More importantly from coach Doug Troutner's perspective was that the Wolves defeated Thomas Worthington 19-9 on April 30 to earn their first signature victory of the season.
Entering the Worthington showdown, Kilbourne was ranked second in the Division II state poll and Thomas was ranked seventh in Division I.
The Wolves also beat Olentangy Liberty 21-6 on May 3 to improve to 11-3 overall.
"At the end of the year, it's nice to say that we're OCC champions, but we're more interested in measuring ourselves against the top teams in the state," Troutner said. "This win (over Thomas) is by far our biggest of the season to date because they are one of the best Division I teams in the state."
Against the Cardinals, Kara Hines scored five goals, Miriam Bassani and Allison Martz each scored four, Maggie Baumgardner and Grace Cameron each scored two and Abby Miller and Riley Spencer each scored one. Addy Boyles had four saves and Alexis Greer had two.
"This was probably the best we've played top to bottom in a game all season," Troutner said. "The biggest factor was how well we did on groundballs because that helped us maintain possession and keep the ball off their sticks.
"Tylar Pruiksma played really well on defense and had an all-around great night. My daughter, Kaitlin, had a great night while face-guarding their top scorer, Liza Carey. Our goalies, Addy Boyles and Alexis Greer, made some good saves on (Carey), too."
Leading Kilbourne in goals though 13 games were Bassani (57), Martz (44), Hines (32), Cameron (22) and Baumgardner (20).
Bassani already had become Kilbourne's all-time leading scorer with 176 goals, surpassing Margaret Wolford, who scored 164 goals before graduating in 2009.
"Miriam is only a junior, so I'm looking forward to seeing how many goals she will finish with by the time she graduates," coach Troutner said.
The Wolves play host May 15 to Granville or Wellington in the second round of the Division II South/Central Region tournament. Kilbourne advanced to the state final for the first time a year ago, but lost to New Albany 11-10.
"We just had a big win before the (tournament draw), but we can't be satisfied," coach Troutner said. "We've got to keep getting better for the tournament."
Thomas girls turn attention to tourney
After losing at Kilbourne, Thomas lost to Dublin Coffman 14-6 in its OCC-Central finale May 1.
Against Kilbourne, Carey and Mallary Weinsz each scored three goals, Zoe Collaros scored two, Claire Durfee scored one and Kelli Hill had five saves.
Thomas was 11-3 overall before playing Olentangy on May 6 and finished 3-2 in the OCC-Central.
"Kilbourne's a very strong team and they are very quick with the ball and in transition," coach Ally McCarthy-Minister said. "It was definitely an adjustment to play a team as strong as Kilbourne after playing a range of teams that weren't as strong as them. We just didn't play as well as we needed to (in order) to beat them."
Leading Thomas in goals through 14 games were Carey (64), Weinsz (27) and Durfee (25).
Before May 6, Carey was Thomas' third all-time leading goal-scorer (198) behind Amy Stillwell (264 from 2003-06) and Anna Geissbuhler (225 from 2006-09).
The Cardinals play host Wednesday, May 14, to Cincinnati St. Ursula or Lebanon in the second round of the Division I South/Central Region tournament.
"We don't pay attention to the league standings because our focus is on the (postseason)," McCarthy-Minister said. "Our focus is on ironing out our kinks, playing strong defense and getting back to the basics with good stick work."
Thomas boys end long losing streak
After losing nine consecutive games, Thomas' boys team put together a three-game winning streak to improve to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in the OCC-Buckeye before playing Coffman on May 7.
The Cardinals defeated Hilliard Davidson 13-7 in a league game April 30 to snap its losing streak.
"This was definitely a win that we needed," coach Jeff Irwin said. "The score was tied at 5 at halftime and we fell behind 6-5 early in the second half before we rallied. Enzo Gianfagna had a great game at attack. Luke Porteus (attacker), Michael Schonhiutt (midfielder) and Sam MacKenzie (goalie) all played well, too."
In the MSLCA Tournament at Dublin Jerome, Thomas beat Detroit Jesuit 16-10 on May 2 and Birmingham (Mich.) 13-8 on May 3.
"We showed out true character because we knew we needed to win games (last) week to salvage our season," Gianfagna said. "We need to keep a positive mental attitude and play well in the month of May to get ready for the (postseason). Sam MacKenzie has come up big for us all season, and P.J. Shotwell (long-stick midfielder) and Chris DiMarco (midfielder) have really stepped up lately."
Kilbourne boys no longer undefeated
After Kilbourne's boys team beat defending Division I state champion Upper Arlington 11-5 in an OCC-Buckeye game April 23, the Wolves went on a three-game losing streak to fall to 10-3 overall and 4-1 in the league before playing Olentangy on May 7.
Against UA, Jayce Miller and Tyler Roe each scored three goals, Sam Shaffer scored two, Ryan Agner, Joe Davis and Josh Happ each scored one and Mike Turnbull had four saves.
But Kilbourne lost to Jerome 9-8 in overtime in a league game April 29 before losing to Jerome 7-5 on May 2 and UA 13-10 on May 3 in the MSLCA Tournament.