After a rocky start, the Columbus School for Girls lacrosse team rode a six-game winning streak into the week.

After a rocky start, the Columbus School for Girls lacrosse team rode a six-game winning streak into the week.

The Unicorns lost their first four games, but were 6-4 overall, 2-1 in the Central Independent League and 0-1 in the CCL before playing Watterson on April 26.

"We have played well and have gained a lot of momentum, which has helped to rebuild our confidence a bit," coach Kellen Morrissey said. "We have been playing harder and really have gotten into our rhythm."

The Unicorns outscored their opponents 86-37 in their six wins after being outscored 46-25 in their four losses.

Morrissey points to an improved defense, led by Lexie Armstrong and Madeline Ostrowski, as being a key to the turnaround.

"Our entire defense is doing better," Morrissey said. "They have been clicking and getting key turnovers. They have been playing as a unit and making great passes to get the ball back upfield after getting those turnovers. We have been able to shut down some of our opponents' better attackers and have been playing well together."

Leading CSG's offense have been attacker Molly Bokor and midfielders Lily Berger and Ella Fronk.

"Lily Berger is having a really good sophomore season and is all over the field as a midfielder," Morrissey said. "Avery Hinson has been good on the draw and Kaitlyn Yale has over 40 assists on the season."

The Unicorns enter a tough stretch of their schedule beginning Thursday, April 28, at Columbus Academy. The Vikings, the defending CIL champions, were 8-3 overall and 5-0 in the CIL before playing DeSales on April 26.

"I want to see our momentum continue against the tough teams that we have this week like Watterson and Academy," Morrissey said. "We need to stay confident and, hopefully, that will convert into some league wins."

Track coach juggles lineup

Track and field coach Jen Bunker understands that her roster is filled with student-athletes and that other activities can limit their availability at times during the season.

Those limitations are expected to come to an end in the coming weeks, allowing the Unicorns to be fully prepared for the Division II postseason.

"The Ohio Music Educators Association had a choir competition last weekend and our thespian organization has kept some of the girls away, but those are starting to slow down in the next couple of weeks," Bunker said. "We want our kids to be well-rounded and involved in a lot of activities. We will be ready when we need to be."

Bunker, a 1991 Bexley graduate, returned to her alma mater April 15 and came away with the team title in the Russ Owen Bexley Relays. The Unicorns scored 95 points in the eight-team meet, ahead of runner-up Bexley (88).

One of Bunker's biggest concerns is keeping her athletes in shape without wearing them out.

"We want the kids to stay competitive, but we don't want to overwork them," she said. "We have been trying kids in different events and having the (middle) distance and distance runners only compete in two events. We want them to stay as fresh as possible."

For example, Imani Babatunde, Alicia Donley, Ayla Kazemi, Isabella Pesavento, Eleanor Smith and Brinley Zieg have all run on the 1,600-meter relay this spring.

Kazemi, Pesavento, Babatunde and Smith placed third in the event (4 minutes, 16 seconds) in the Freedom Relays on April 22 at Olentangy Liberty, as the Unicorns finished seventh (21) of eight teams, behind champion Liberty (99).

"Our girls have been running very consistently and have done everything we have asked of them," Bunker said.

"We know it's April and the time to peak will be in a few weeks.

"Saidyah Babatunde has thrown a personal-best in the shot put of 32 feet, 2 inches, and Eleanor Smith has been very consistent, running everything from the 200 to the 800 and might try the (1,600) this week. Alicia Donley has run everything from the 100 to the 800. We're trying to find the best fit for a lot of the kids."