The Dublin Coffman High School field hockey team has started strong this season under the leadership of its seniors.

The Dublin Coffman High School field hockey team has started strong this season under the leadership of its seniors.

The Shamrocks were 5-2 overall and 3-1 in the Central Ohio Field Hockey League-West Division after losing to Worthington Kilbourne 2-1 on Sept. 14.

Last season, Coffman finished 5-8-2 overall and placed fourth (2-3-2) in the COFHL-West, behind champion Olentangy Liberty (7-0).

"This team is different from my past teams because my seven seniors have a fire under them that really excites me and the whole team," coach Caren Leslie said. "The seniors really play hard and with all their effort. This whole group of girls plays so well together and we have been very busy this summer.

"This team is also different from other teams because, out of my 11 starters, only one girl plays year-round. I usually have more girls that play club field hockey."

Coffman features four third-year players in senior midfielders and captains Daniela Dluzynski, Sarah Groce and Dana Pajk and junior midfielder Shannon Aumiller.

Also on the team are seniors Mackenzie King (attacker), Brooke Morman (defender), Gillian Pace (attacker) and Lucie Paradis (defender), juniors Deanna Koons (defender) and Janani Subramanian (attacker), sophomores Maddie Mitchell (goalkeeper), Megan Murphy (defender), Erica Steller (attacker) and Kate Weinheimer (goalie) and freshman midfielder Alexis Frantz.

"This is my sixth season at Coffman and every season I am excited about the group of seniors that we have," Leslie said. "But this season I am watching girls step up to the plate that don't have as many years of field hockey under their belts, but they still have something to prove. I am already very proud of this group."

Pace scored all three goals in a 3-2 win over Dayton Oakwood on Sept. 12, and Aumiller had four goals and Dluzynski scored two in an 8-1 league victory over Lancaster on Sept. 9.

Aumiller scored both goals in a 2-1 league victory over Olentangy on Sept. 2.

Coffman defeated Granville 2-1 on Aug. 31 as Pajk and Steller each scored and Mitchell had 10 saves. The Shamrocks had lost to the Blue Aces 1-0 in a district tournament play-in game a year ago.

Led by two goals from Pace, Coffman opened Aug. 24 with a 4-1 league victory over Olentangy Orange before losing to last year's league runner-up, Thomas Worthington, 4-1 on Aug. 26.

"There is a lot of great competition this season and we look forward to holding our own in every game," Leslie said.

Celtics starting to jell, score goals

Jerome defeated Olentangy 3-0 on Sept. 9 in a COFHL-West contest to snap a two-game losing streak.

Erica Evans, Cameron Finnegan and Rylee Henley each scored and goalie Claire Prenger had three saves for the Celtics, who were 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the league after defeating Lancaster 4-0 on Sept. 14 and before playing Scioto on Sept. 15.

"Everyone is starting to jell and do their part," coach Colleen Bender said. "Olivia Marina and McKenna Russell have been playing solid defense. Our goalkeeper has made some great saves this season.

"We are making better decisions with the ball and, offensively, we are starting to find the net."

Irish struggling early in season

The struggles continue for Scioto, which lost to Olentangy Liberty 13-0 on Sept. 9 in a COFHL-West contest and was 0-4 overall and 0-3 in the league before playing Jerome on Sept. 15.

Goalie Sarah Mitchell had 27 saves in the game against Liberty. Scioto, which was outscored 33-0 in its first four games, entered its matchup with Jerome searching for its first victory since 2012.