After losing its opener to Hilliard Bradley 24-0 on April 1, Marysville High School boys lacrosse coach Art Baschnagel realized his team needed a confidence builder.

After losing its opener to Hilliard Bradley 24-0 on April 1, Marysville High School boys lacrosse coach Art Baschnagel realized his team needed a confidence builder.

He hopes the Monarchs received that lift with a 9-8 overtime win April 7 against visiting Johnstown.

"We definitely needed to pull this off," said Baschnagel, who is in his sixth season. "We played a little sloppy, but we ended up winning. Hopefully we'll start building off of this."

Marysville, which finished 6-12 overall last season, was 1-1 before playing Big Walnut on April 10. The Bradley loss also was the Monarchs' OCC-Ohio Division opener.

Against Johnstown, Marys-ville led 4-2 at halftime and 7-2 in the third quarter before the Johnnies rallied, tying the game at 8 on Hunter Alley's goal in the final minute of regulation.

Marysville pulled out the win on junior attacker Wyatt Burge's goal with 1 minute, 30 seconds remaining in overtime.

Burge, who finished with three goals, said the winning score was set up by senior attacker Blake Curry's screen. Curry also added a goal.

"This felt great," Burge said. "(The Bradley game) was a wake-up call for us. They're a great team, but we should have at least put some points on the board. After that we all talked, we all got pumped up, and we don't want a season like last year."

Last season, Curry had 20 goals and 10 assists.

Junior midfielder Ashton Guthrie, who was honorable mention all-region last season, also returns.

Another returnee, senior goalkeeper Nick Golden, had nine saves against Johnstown.

Junior Mason Shelley, who is new to the sport, also will see time in goal.

Other returnees are seniors Gage Auxter (midfielder), Jordan Cox (defender), Jack Essig (defender), Isaac Knepper (defender), Tyler Railey (defender) and Alex Rich (midfielder), juniors Jacob Peterson (midfielder) and Jake Urbano (midfielder) and sophomores Brandon Baschnagel (attacker), Bronson Brown (midfielder) and Ben Stubbs (midfielder).

Brandon Baschnagel, the coach's son, and Urbano each had two goals against Johnstown.

Junior midfielder Zach Kilgore is back after missing most of last season with a knee injury.

Other players are junior Lucas Gallegos (defender) and freshmen Tayden Jackson (midfielder), Luke Peterson (attacker) and Jack Peterson (attacker).

"I definitely see an improvement in the program," coach Baschnagel said. "The IQs of the kids are getting higher and they know where to be. Our stick skills across the board from top to bottom are getting a lot better."

Last season, Marysville competed in the OCC for the first time and finished seventh in the OCC-Ohio at 0-6, behind champion Olentangy Orange (6-0).

Marysville will participate in the Division II Central/North-west Region tournament for the second consecutive year before moving to Division I next season.

The Monarchs lost eight players to graduation, including midfielder Aaron Carpenter, who had 30 goals and four assists and was named first-team all-league. Defender Steve Milroy was honorable mention all-region and all-league.

Girls lacrosse teamlooking to improve

Michael Burnes began his second season as girls lacrosse coach looking for the Monarchs to improve on last season's 1-13 record.

They were 0-5 overall before playing Miamisburg on April 11 and are 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal.

"We definitely see improvement," Burnes said. "The biggest problem we have is we have 17 girls in a game that fields 12. I would estimate our girls are running two and a half miles a game, and when you don't have that many subs, it's just hard to keep up. We're trying. It's rough being a developmental sport with no feeder program and then just not having very many subs."

Marysville scored a season-high four goals in a 20-4 loss at Wellington on April 7.

Junior goalie Stephanie Brogan had 12 saves. She will split time this season with sophomore Kaylynn Borror.

Senior attacker Danielle Crowder scored three goals against Wellington.

Other key returnees include junior midfielder Karlee Basinger (16 goals, 1 assist last season), senior attacker Moriah Taylor (9 goals, 1 assist) and junior midfielder Emily Hunt (6 goals, 1 assist).

Basinger scored the other goal against Wellington.

Also back are juniors Katie Hiser (defender), Kristen Nelson (defender), Megan Merrick (midfielder/defender) and Kourtney Minor (attacker) and sophomores Jessica Gingras (attacker) and Mackenzie Smegal (defender/attacker).

Other players are junior Alexis Ruffing (defender) and freshmen Alyssa Baschnagel (defender), Faith Engle (defender), Alydia Fultz (defender) and Jordan Gerard (midfielder/attacker).

Marysville opened OCC-Cardinal play with a 22-1 loss at Bradley on March 30. The Monarchs lost at Dublin Scioto 21-2 on April 9. The game was moved to Scioto because of unplayable field conditions at Marysville.

Competing in the OCC for the first time last season, Marysville went 0-5 in the OCC-Cardinal to place sixth behind champion Worthington Kilbourne (5-0). Kilbourne went on to win the Division II state title.

Marysville lost 10 players to graduation, including Courtney Hickey, who led the team in scoring with 22 goals and three assists.

Softball teamout to good start

The softball team was 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the OCC-Central before playing Olentangy Liberty on April 10.

Last year, the Monarchs and Patriots both went 12-2 in the league to share the title for the second consecutive season.

The Monarchs' coming league schedule includes a game Thursday, April 16, at Central Crossing. Last season, the Comets handed Marysville one of its league losses, 8-3.

"I think our girls are up for the challenge," coach Jennifer Segner-Maxwell said.

Segner-Maxwell said a 3-1 win over Delaware in her team's opener March 31 was an early season highlight.

Erin Unterbrink pitched a complete game, allowing six hits and striking out one. Madi Shelley, Elise Freeland and Maddie Frendberg each had two hits, with Freeland adding two RBI.

"I was pleasantly surprised by the Delaware game," Segner-Maxwell said. "I knew they had a tough pitcher (Madi Huck) and I knew that was going to be a tough game. The girls played well, so I'm very excited."

Last season, Huck was 19-1 with a 0.37 ERA.

Frendberg had a grand slam and eight RBI in a 16-3, five-inning win over Hilliard Darby on April 4.

"Maddie is hitting the ball. She's seeing the ball really well," Segner-Maxwell said. "She's hitting for power. There's not a weak part in our lineup right now as far as the batting order and Erin is doing a great job keeping the ball down."

Schedules BOYS LACROSSE

*April 1 -- vs. Hilliard Bradley

April 7 -- vs. Johnstown

April 10 -- at Big Walnut

April 14 -- at Bexley

*April 15 -- vs. Gahanna

April 17 -- vs. Perrysburg

*April 22 -- at Olentangy Orange

April 25 -- vs. Westerville North

*April 29 -- at Hilliard Darby

May 1 -- vs. Buckeye Valley

*May 6 -- vs. New Albany

May 8 -- vs. Granville

*May 13 -- at Dublin Scioto

May 15 -- vs. Jonathan Alder

GIRLS LACROSSE

*March 30 -- at Hilliard Bradley

April 2 -- at Gahanna

April 4 -- vs. Pickerington North

April 7 -- at Wellington

*April 9 -- vs. Dublin Scioto

April 11 -- at Miamisburg

April 14 -- at Hilliard Davidson

*April 16 -- at Worthington Kilbourne

*April 21 -- vs. Hilliard Darby

April 25 -- at Dayton Miami Valley

*April 30 -- vs. Dublin Jerome

May 1 -- vs. Delaware

May 2 -- vs. Chillicothe

May 5 -- vs. Westerville South

May 7 -- at Westerville North

*League contest