Solid defensive play helped lead the Olentangy Orange High School boys lacrosse team to a signature win May 25.

Solid defensive play helped lead the Olentangy Orange High School boys lacrosse team to a signature win May 25.

The fifth-seeded Pioneers defeated host and third-seeded Liberty 11-10 in the first round of the Division I Northwest Region tournament to improve to 11-7 and advance to a regional semifinal for the first time.

Orange faced second-seeded Olentangy in a regional semifinal May 29, with the winner playing in the regional final Saturday, June 1, at top-seeded Dublin Jerome or Sylvania Southview. The Celtics defeated Orange 19-2 on April 1 and beat Olentangy 13-5 on April 5. Neither the Braves nor Pioneers have played Southview this season.

The regional champion advances to a state semifinal Wednesday, June 5, against Hudson, Cleveland St. Ignatius, Massillon Jackson or Solon. The state final will be played June 8 at Upper Arlington.

"This is so big because it's our first win over an Olentangy school in history and this is further than we have gone in the tournament," Pioneers senior defender Cole Gabalis said. "We really talked a lot defensively and that was the key to slowing (Liberty) down."

Orange junior goalkeeper Robert McHale had 12 saves against Liberty and the Pioneers got six goals from junior midfielder Aston Onesko and three goals from senior midfielder Jarrod Gilliam. Junior attacker Eddy Arnold added two goals for the Pioneers, who led 7-5 at halftime and 11-5 after three quarters.

"We were doing pretty well and then the wheels came off of the train," said McHale, whose team beat 11th-seeded Brunswick 15-3 in a play-in game May 23. "But we're all on the ride together. We worked together and did what we needed to do to advance."

Liberty, which had a bye in the play-in round, finished 12-7.

"We didn't play very well until the fourth quarter when we came alive, but it wasn't enough," Patriots coach Jason Godwin said. "(Orange's) goalie played big and they should be proud of the way he played."

Olentangy defeated seventh-seeded Medina 11-6 in the first round to improve to 17-1.

Sophomore attacker Cliff Kigar had four goals to lead the Braves. Senior midfielder Austin Lilly had two goals and junior goalie Cole Palmby had eight saves.

"Cole Palmby has been playing really, really well for us in goal," Olentangy coach Zach Peterson said. "He's been the first line of our offense, clearing the ball really well for us."

Olentangy girls fallin regional final

The Olentangy girls team lost to second-seeded and host Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown 10-5 in the Division II North/Central Region final May 23 to finish 15-3 overall.

Sophomore midfielder Morgan McCullough had two goals to lead the third-seeded Braves, who defeated Kenston 13-12 in a regional semifinal May 21 and Richfield Revere 14-4 in the second round May 16 after having a first-round bye.

Junior attacker Racheal Dietz, sophomore attacker Stevie Jefferis and sophomore midfielder Mary Tarantine each had one goal against Hathaway Brown. Sophomore goalie Madison Barnes had six saves and junior goalie Erin Petrole had one.

Olentangy went 6-0 in the OCC-Ohio Division to win the league title. Hilliard Bradley (5-1) was second, followed by Liberty (4-2), Orange (3-3), Dublin Scioto (2-4), Hilliard Davidson (1-5) and Jerome (0-6).

"The girls really stepped up their game in the month of April," coach Chelsea Huguenard said. "We set a goal to win the OCC and we worked really hard to keep playing well into May. They kept working hard and stayed focused on our goals."

Olentangy loses seven seniors, including midfielders Christine Campbell (13 goals) and Kate Huter (59 goals, 29 assists) and attacker Mallory Quiggle (37 goals, 31 assists).

"We're so proud of the team," Huguenard said of the seniors. "They are a fantastic group of girls. We're sad to see our senior class go because they did such a great job this year, but we only see more success for the future."

In addition to Dietz (33 goals), Barnes (96 saves, .558 save percentage), Jefferis, McCullough, Petrole (72 saves, .471 save percentage) and Tarantine, expected to return are juniors Chelsea Cousins (defender), Rachel Dannenhauer (midfielder), Makenzie Freeman (midfielder), Alyssa Lucas (midfielder), Kasia Placek (defender) and Jessica Toland (defender) and sophomores Kaycee Fulton (defender), Alex McCafferty (defender), Haley McCullough (midfielder) and Katie Stegmann (midfielder).

Stegmann had 55 goals and 12 assists.

Liberty girls lose totop-seeded Medina

The Liberty girls team lost to top-ranked and three-time defending state champion Medina 11-6 in the Division I North/Central Region final May 23 to finish 11-6 overall.

"Medina is No. 1 in the state and they beat us by 11 last year," said coach Abby Osborn, whose team lost to the Bees 19-8 in a regional final last season. "We were within three (goals) until the very end of the game. My girls played so hard and were just awesome."

Senior midfielder Eileen Barrett and sophomore attacker Dani Bursinger both scored two goals and sophomore goalie Elise Miller had nine saves for Liberty, which had a first-round bye and defeated Toledo Notre Dame 14-10 in the second round May 17 and Mentor 10-8 in a regional semifinal May 20.

The Patriots, who finished third (4-2) in the OCC-Ohio, lose six seniors, including four defenders in Natalie Durtschi, Sarah Funderburg, Morgan Mallory and Jen Nilson.

"We had six seniors and most of them were on defense," Osborn said. "They played their heart out for us."

In addition to Bursinger and Miller, expected back are juniors Erin Hedrick (midfielder), Gaby Perez (attacker), Ellie Schramm (defender) and Makenzie Wright (defender) and sophomores Kelley Fitzgerald (attacker), Katie Gallagher (attacker), Abbey Gay (midfielder), Megan Maitino (attacker), Lexa Nutter (midfielder), Maddie Passarella (defender), Katie Wetterauer-Jackson (attacker) and Christina Yamerick (midfielder).

Orange girls fall toMagnificat in tourney

The Orange girls team lost to host Rocky River Magnificat 17-6 in the second round of the Division I North/Central Region tournament May 15 to finish 10-8 overall.

The Pioneers, who finished fourth (3-3) in the OCC-Ohio, defeated Brecksville-Broadview Heights 19-10 in the first round May 13.

Orange loses 12 seniors, including goalies Bailey Castillo and Kendra Morgan, midfielder Maria Nobile and attacker Grace Smith.

"We lose a huge group of seniors this year, including Grace Smith and Maria Nobile, who led us in scoring, and our goalies," coach Jaime Miller said. "(All of the seniors) will be greatly missed and it will be exciting to see how the underclassmen approach the opportunities that will be available."

Expected to return are juniors Taylor Collet (attacker), Alyssa Combs (attacker), Becca Keane (midfielder) and Starr Perlman (midfielder), sophomores Lauren Nobile (attacker), Katie Spragg (attacker) and Katie Sarson (midfielder) and freshman Sarah Ramsey (midfielder).