If they hadn't been in such a hurry to get warm, the members of the New Albany High School girls lacrosse team might have stuck around Veterans Field on May 23 to celebrate their Division II South/Central Region championship.

If they hadn't been in such a hurry to get warm, the members of the New Albany High School girls lacrosse team might have stuck around Veterans Field on May 23 to celebrate their Division II South/Central Region championship.

The host Eagles took a five-goal lead late in the first half then held off Cincinnati Mariemont to win 13-8. Junior attacker Abby Manning scored five goals and senior attackers Elaina Enich and Morgan Fee added three each as New Albany won its seventh consecutive regional title amid a game-time temperature of 63 degrees and driving rain for most of the first half.

The Eagles play Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown in a state semifinal Friday, May 31, at Thomas Worthington. That is a rematch of the 2012 state final, which New Albany lost 17-13.

Hathaway Brown has won two of the past three Division II state titles.

"We're very proud of where we're at," said Eagles coach Dave Ferguson, whose team is 13-4-1. "(Seven consecutive regional titles) is a tremendous credit to the girls who have played in the program."

Five goals in the middle of the first half, including four in 1 minute, 40 seconds, gave New Albany a 7-2 lead. But Mariemont, which finished 12-7, drew within 7-4 late in the first half and got within two goals twice in the second half before Fee, freshman attacker Liza Hernandez and Manning scored in the final six minutes.

Senior attacker Morgan Breen also scored against Mariemont, which New Albany outshot 23-14.

Eagles goalkeeper Kathleen Schell made 10 saves.

Chagrin Falls plays Worthington Kilbourne in the other state semifinal. The winners will meet in the state championship game Saturday, June 1.

New Albany got some revenge on Hathaway Brown with a 7-4 win in the Cleveland Heights Invitational on April 27. Fee had three goals, and Enich and senior attacker Katie Hernandez scored two each.

Hathaway Brown is led by senior attacker/midfielder Annie Brockett, a first-team U.S. Lacrosse All-American last year and Davidson College signee who scored six goals in last year's state final.

"We have to be mindful of (Brockett) and what she is doing," Ferguson said. "But at the end of the day, we have so many weapons. If we can continue to execute our offensive strategy, we should be able to play with anybody. These girls have proved it. We've played the best teams in the state of Ohio. We're proud of them. From here, it's just one game at a time."

Frye, White, Probstearn regional berths

Three track and field athletes qualified to the Division I regional in field events during the first day of the district 3 meet May 22 at Hilliard Darby.

Senior Alex Frye of the boys team won the high jump (6 feet, 6 inches), junior Dena White was third in the girls high jump (5-0) and sophomore Kelly Probst was fourth in the girls long jump (15-11 1/2).

Both 3,200 relays also advanced. Competing May 23, the boys won in 8:05.63 with seniors C.J. Stringer and Erik Furterer and sophomores Zack Buck and Ben Iten, and the girls were fourth in 9:47.9 with sophomore Eliza Matt, junior Catherine Ralston, freshman Charlotte Matt and junior Lexi Simpson.

The top four finishers in each event advanced to the regional meet May 29 and Friday, May 31, at Pickerington North.

Running finals took place May 25.

The top four finishers in each event at regional advance to the state meet June 7 and 8 at Ohio State.

Boys lacrosse teamearns third seed

The boys lacrosse team began the Division II Central Region tournament at home May 24 against fifth-seeded Wooster in a first-round game.

New Albany went 8-9 overall during the regular season and 3-3 in the OCC-Ohio Division, earning the third seed in the tournament. The first-round winner visited second-seeded Watterson or eighth-seeded Kent Roosevelt in a regional semifinal May 29, with that winner advancing to a regional final at top-seeded DeSales, fourth-seeded Granville, seventh-seeded Bexley or ninth-seeded Akron Hoban on Saturday, June 1.

The regional champion will play Cincinnati Indian Hill, Cincinnati Mariemont, Cincinnati Seven Hills, Cincinnati Summit Country Day, Cincinnati Turpin, Cincinnati Wyo-ming or Kings Mills Kings in a state semifinal Wednesday, June 5, with the semifinal winner advancing to the state final June 8 at Upper Arlington.

OTCA title in sightfor boys tennis team

The boys tennis team defeated Dublin Coffman 3-0 in an Ohio Tennis Coaches Association district semifinal May 21, setting up a visit to defending state champion Upper Arlington for a district final May 28.

Before that, New Albany, which improved to 14-3, competed in the Division I district tournament May 24 and 25 at Hilliard Davidson. The Eagles qualified all three singles players and both doubles teams, and the top four finishers in singles and doubles advanced to the state tournament Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Ohio State.

The OTCA district champion will participate in the team state tournament Sunday, June 2, at Reynoldsburg.

Baseball team hadup-and-down season

The last of baseball coach Bob Talpas' 26 seasons with the Eagles often was the rollercoaster ride he expected.

With six seniors, five of whom played and none of whom had much varsity experience entering the season, New Albany went 12-16 overall and 6-8 in the OCC-Capital. The season ended May 15 with an 11-1, five-inning loss to eighth-seeded Olentangy Liberty in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

The 25th-seeded Eagles defeated 35th-seeded Groveport 3-2 in the first round May 13.

"How fast we could become experienced would make or break how well we'd do in the league and overall," Talpas said. "We had a few chances to break .500. At times, we had opportunities to close the deal, but we didn't always have the confidence to know we could come back and win games."

Junior Ross Henze (3B/1B/P/OF) led the Eagles with a .324 batting average and 17 RBI and was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-district. Junior Robert Chaddock (1B/OF), a special mention all-league selection, batted .317 with 12 RBI and scored 22 runs.

Junior Devin De Silvestri was the Eagles' top pitcher, going 5-2 with a 2.55 ERA. He was scheduled to pitch against Liberty but sustained an ankle injury in gym class a few days before the game.

Junior Tommy Parsons (1B/P/SS) was second-team all-league. De Silvestri was special mention and senior second baseman Zach Wedekind was honorable mention.

New Albany loses seniors Matt Brosnan (C), Jared Mandel (CF), Grant Oehler (P/SS), Craig Parker (2B), Bobby Tarnapoll (1B/OF) and Wedekind. Parker missed the season with an injury.

Wedekind scored 20 runs and Tarnapoll had 19 RBI.

The Eagles tied Big Walnut for fifth in the OCC-Capital behind Olentangy Orange (12-2), Watkins Memorial (11-3), Olentangy (10-4) and Mount Vernon (7-7) and ahead of Delaware (4-10) and Franklin Heights (0-14).

Assistant coach Justin Grieger will succeed Talpas.

"We have a good sophomore class and a good j.v. team," Talpas said. "From the middle of the year on, we were very competitive."