During the final five minutes of its Division I Central Region first-round tournament game against St. Charles, the Pickerington High School Central boys lacrosse team cut an 11-8 deficit to one goal and got possession with 12.4 seconds left with a chance to force overtime.

During the final five minutes of its Division I Central Region first-round tournament game against St. Charles, the Pickerington High School Central boys lacrosse team cut an 11-8 deficit to one goal and got possession with 12.4 seconds left with a chance to force overtime.

The Tigers turned the ball over with 5 seconds left, but what happened earlier in the game might haunt them more as they look to bounce back from the season-ending 11-10 loss May 25 to the visiting Cardinals.

St. Charles scored six goals in the second quarter and four more in the third to take an 11-6 lead.

"(We) didn't quit," said coach Pete Campbell, whose team finished 14-3. "That's what I told them at the end of the game, that we just ran out of time. (St. Charles) goalie (Nicolas Carducci) single-handedly won that game for them. We had seven or eight point-blank shots and he was making great saves. We had mental mistakes and just had some lapses. We didn't put it together in time."

It was the final game for a nine-member senior class that was led by midfielders Devon Maki and Brent Walton, attacker Dylan Smith, long-stick midfielder Atticus Murphy and goalkeeper Cole Naylor.

Maki and Walton made first-team all-OCC-Central Division, Naylor and Smith made the second team and Murphy made honorable mention. Maki was first-team all-region and Walton was second team.

Junior defender Collin Morgan was the team's other first-team all-league selection.

Others eligible to return include juniors Josh Clouse (defender) and Zane Kenney (attacker) and freshman Logan Smith (attacker).

Kenney had three goals and one assist, Maki and Walton both scored two goals and Naylor had eight saves against St. Charles.

The Tigers also lost to St. Charles 9-8 on April 25. Their other defeat came to Thomas Worthington (8-7 on May 8).

Central won the OCC-Central at 6-0, with Pickerington North and Delaware tying for second at 4-2, Westerville Central and Westerville North tying for fourth at 3-3 and Big Walnut (1-5) and Westerville South (0-6) rounding out the standings.

North boysfall to Coffman

The season ended for the North boys team with an 18-2 loss May 23 at Dublin Coffman in the play-in round of the Division I Central Region tournament.

The Panthers finished 9-10 overall.

"We didn't play our game," coach Chris Robbins said. "That wasn't (how we played) throughout the season."

Regardless of the rough finish, Robbins said he enjoyed his first season leading a program that had gone 3-12 in 2011 and 6-10 in 2012.

"We made just ginormous leaps," he said. "I think having the right coaching staff to implement things in the offseason will help. It was an amazing season. I was not expecting it to go as well."

The Panthers lose eight seniors including attacker Austin Brady, who was named the OCC-Central Player of the Year and had more than 70 goals. Robbins was named the league's Coach of the Year.

While Brady will play at the State University of New York at Cortland, seniors Seth Caudill (defender) and Alex Dankowski (midfielder) both will play for Wittenberg and Nate Hess (goalie) will play for Otterbein.

According to Robbins, the program likely will have just three seniors next year. There were 16 freshmen and 15 sophomores in the program this spring.

Junior Nick Mitchell (defender) and sophomores Nick Rollason (attacker) and Jordan Smith (midfielder) should be among the top returnees.

Central girls loseonly one senior

The Central girls team should return nearly all of its key players after going 10-7 overall and placing second (6-1) in the OCC-Central behind Pickerington North (7-0).

Westerville South (5-2), Gahanna (4-3), Westerville North (3-4), Westerville Central (2-5), Delaware (1-6) and Big Walnut (0-7) rounded out the standings.

The Tigers won five of six from April 23 through May 7 but lost to Columbus School for Girls 14-12 on May 8 and to Pickerington North 18-9 on May 10 to close the regular season.

Central then lost 15-8 at Dublin Scioto on May 13 in the first round of the Division I South/Central Region tournament.

"We showed a lot of growth this year," coach Christine Miller said.

"We were a very young squad with nine freshmen and 10 sophomores. We'll just continue to work on fundamental skills. We've got to be able to control the ball and possess the ball better."

The only senior was defender Annaliese Beneze.

Juniors Gabby Johnson (midfielder) and Courtney Jones (midfielder) and sophomore Nessa Petropavlovskiy (midfielder) were captains.

Junior Kelly Peterson started at goalie.

North girls happywith improvement

Second-year North girls coach Norm Deena believes his team took steps forward this season.

The Panthers improved from 8-8 a year ago to go 10-6-1 overall and win their second consecutive league championship.

After losing in the first round of the Division I South/Central Region tournament last season, North beat visiting Watterson 16-8 on May 13 in the first round before falling to Cincinnati St. Ursula 11-8 in a second-round game May 15.

The Panthers closed the regular season by beating Pickerington Central 18-9 on May 10 to clinch the league title.

"We had some people really step up after we lost seven seniors last year," Deena said. "Winning the OCC for the second straight year is a testament to the girls."

North's seniors were Kaitlin Beemiller (attacker), Tianna DiYanni (defender), Katie Hunt (defender), Abbey Paulus (attacker) and Korri Titus (midfielder).

Paulus had 108 goals and 25 assists and will play for Queens University of Charlotte, N.C.

Junior Caroline Giardina (attacker) and Titus both scored 32 goals.

Sophomores Sarah Dan-kowski (midfielder), Rebecca Mickelson (defender) and Spencer Hess (defender) are others eligible to return.

Junior Emily Elswick and freshman Leah Hohnberger rotated at goalie.