The Hilliard Bradley High School boys lacrosse team needed 10 games to get its first victory in its inaugural season a year ago.

The Hilliard Bradley High School boys lacrosse team needed 10 games to get its first victory in its inaugural season a year ago.

This year, the Jaguars won their March 26 opener 9-4 over Watterson.

Senior attacker Nick Sparks led with four goals and senior midfielder Cameron Elavsky added two goals. Senior midfielder Frankie Riffe, junior defender Alex Gossard and junior midfielder Eric Warner all had one goal. Junior goalkeeper Logan Muether had 11 saves.

"Watterson beat us by nine goals (13-4) last year, so this was a great win for us," said second-year coach Dom Marzano. "This give us a lot of confidence heading into OCC play."

The Jaguars finished 3-14 overall last season, losing to DeSales 16-4 in a Division II, Central Region play-in game.

In the OCC-Ohio Division, the Jaguars finished 1-5 to tie Hilliard Darby for sixth in the seven-team league behind New Albany (6-0), Olentangy Liberty (5-1), Olentangy (4-2) and both Gahanna and Olentangy Orange (2-4 each).

"Last year we didn't have any seniors and this year we have 12," said Marzano, whose team opened league play March 30 against Orange and will play host to DeSales on Friday, April 1. "That is really going to make a huge difference for us. There's just no substitute for having that leadership and experience playing varsity lacrosse."

The seniors include Alex Barton (defense), Max Bragg (midfielder), Kyle Eaton (defense), Elavsky, Tyler Hay (midfield), R.C. Locke (midfield), Taylor Mummert (attack), Nick Petikas (attack), Riffe, Sparks, Connor Stephens (defense) and Drew Weber (defense).

Petikas led the team in points last season on 11 goals and 26 assists. Elavsky, Mummert and Sparks all had 19 goals last year.

"The strength of our team would be our leadership from the seniors," Marzano said. "As seniors, they know it's their last chance and they understand what they need to do on the field."

Bradley has 60 players in the program after having 42 last season. The juniors on varsity include Steven Breen (midfield), Gossard, Jalen Jackson (midfield), Austin Johnston (defense), Muether, Brian Starbuck (goalkeeper) and Warner. Sophomores are Jared Allen (attack), Nick Biller (attack), Justin Bowers (attack), Cody Planck (defense) and Jared Roudabush (midfield).

"We need to work on our consistency and make sure we come out and play four quarters," Marzano said. "It's going to take more than three good quarters to win games."

Davidson started the season 1-1, losing its opener to Mason 11-6 on March 25 and defeating Loveland 7-1 on March 26.

The Wildcats finished 19-3 last season, winning seven more games than the previous record of 12 from both 2009 (12-8) and 1994 (12-4). They also had the least number of losses in program history.

Davidson tied Dublin Jerome and Worthington Kilbourne for second in the OCC-Buckeye at 4-2, behind champion Upper Arlington (5-1). Thomas Worthington and Dublin Coffman tied for fifth at 2-4 and Dublin Scioto was last at 0-6.

They lost to Thomas 7-5 in a Division I, South-Central Region semifinal.

"It will definitely be a challenge to follow up on (last season), but every year our goal is to do better than the year before," said coach Jason Godwin, in his fourth season leading the program. "We had an early exit in the playoffs, so that gives something to go for this year."

Letterwinners back from last season include seniors J.D. Detmer (midfield), Derek Hohn (midfield), Adam Lewis (goalkeeper), Drew Morrison (attack), Casey Topp (midfield) and Cody Topp (midfield) as well as junior Matt Kausel (midfield).

Rounding out the 16 seniors are Matt Arthur (defense), Wes Blevins (defense), Cory Davis (defense), Chris Evans (defense), Danny Farrenkopf (midfield), Sam Garnett (attack), Charlie Lantz (defense), Kyle Sohner (midfield), Chase Tefend (attack) and Walker Tice (defense).

"I like how they are challenging themselves to try to match the teams before them," said Godwin, whose team began league play March 30 against Thomas. "We had great success in the last couple of years and winning has become a tradition and they are pushing themselves to continue that tradition. Our seniors want to add that tradition and make it their legacy."

Others on the team include juniors Nick Joseph (attack), Ahmad Kittaneh (defense) and John Weihl (midfield), sophomore Nicky Tholt (attack) and freshmen Brett Annis (midfield), Alex Blackenstoe (midfield), Spencer Cline (defense), Matt Dugan (midfield) and Seth McCall (goalkeeper).

Darby opened with a league game March 30 against Liberty.

Last season, the Panthers finished 2-15 overall after losing to Westerville Central 10-1 in the play-in round of the Division I, South-Central Region tournament.

"We are inexperienced and as with any rebuilding program you know part of it deals with the lumps you have to take on varsity," said second-year coach Rob Schmeling. "But we look forward to working with those guys and seeing them work together and seeing them become a unit. We have worked hard in the offseason to jell off of the field. Now it's time to see that pay off on the field."

Junior attacker Spencer Kocher is the top returning scorer with 22 points last season. Senior attacker Alex Ghilani scored 11 points and senior midfielder Jacob Hooker added 10 points.

Junior attacker Toren Moore also is a top offensive threat.

Top defenders include juniors Nick Cory, David Jordan and Cody Klein as well as sophomore goalie Tyler Dixon.

"I think the strength of the team is our experience on defense," Schmeling said. "Nick, David and Cody have the most experience as a unit."

The Panthers have 39 players in the program, 15 more than last season. They have nine seniors in Ryan Belcher (midfield), Nick Belli (defense), Don Bennett (midfield), Sam Fisher (attack), Ghilani, Hooker, Harrison Kitts (defense), Nassim Louail (defense) and Gabe Quinones (midfield).

Juniors include Josh Albert (attack), Kirby Dearth (midfield), Chris Johnson (midfield) and Cameron Leach (midfield). The sophomores are Jacob Wende (midfield) and Zac Ziessler (midfield).

"I'm excited about the growth of the program," Schmeling said. "We have eight first-year players and also eight freshman. That shows interest is growing in the program."