DAYTON — The Upper Arlington High School girls lacrosse team has yet to let its foot off the gas in the postseason, and another such game might earn the Golden Bears another Division I state championship.

Brenna Smith scored three of her five goals in the first half to key the onslaught as UA routed Cincinnati Mount Notre Dame 22-4 in a state semifinal May 31 at Lane Stadium.

Lauren Farber, Megan Kozar and Olivia Schildmeyer added three goals apiece for the Bears, who emphatically ended the Cougars’ previously perfect season and advanced to play Massillon Jackson in the state final June 3 at Ohio Wesleyan University.

UA, which improved to 18-2 and is seeking its third consecutive state championship, has outscored its opponents 82-15 in four postseason games.

“Our fast break caught them off their feet right away, and the fact that we scored a lot early, I think, took them off guard,” Smith said. “We worked together well. We are moving the ball fast and putting it in the right place.

“Once we figured out what we were going to do, we weren’t nervous anymore.”

Julia Harmon had two goals to lead Mount Notre Dame, which finished 20-1.

UA goalkeeper Libby Mislan made two saves. Cougars goalie Dorie Coggin stopped six shots.

The state final will be a rematch from a year ago, when the Bears won 9-6.

“If we could win the draw, we’d be in good shape,” UA coach Wendy Pinta said. “We focused on that and knew what their tendencies were. It was what I expected in some regards. I thought we might have a little slower start trying to find our groove on attack, but we did well on the fast break.”

Massillon Jackson 9, New Albany 2

WOOSTER — New Albany trailed by just three goals at halftime, but couldn’t crack the goalkeeping of Grace Merrill during its loss to Jackson in a Division I state semifinal May 31 at Wooster.

The Eagles, who lost to the Polar Bears 8-7 in overtime April 8, finished 18-4.

Merrill made 11 saves as Jackson improved to 21-0 and advanced to play Upper Arlington in the state final June 3 at Ohio Wesleyan.

“They’re an excellent team and they played very well,” Eagles coach Dave Ferguson said of Jackson. “(Merrill) is the best goalie in the state and she played very well. The thing is, we’re very, very young. … When you come to these types of games, everybody’s got to play their ‘A’ game, and we fell a little bit short of that today.”

After Jackson scored the game’s first four goals, New Albany’s Zoe Kellerman scored with 11 minutes, 54 seconds left in the first half to cut it to 4-1.

The Polar Bears scored the first two goals of the second half before the Eagles’ Molly Berend scored with 10:43 remaining.

Jackson’s Olivia Kroah scored two of her three goals over the next seven minutes and Julia Hartnett got her fourth goal of the contest with 2:58 left to complete the scoring.

Catherine Ryan and Julia Brisk both made one save for the Eagles.

—Jarrod Ulrey

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