Westerville South High School girls lacrosse coach Danielle D'Amico hopes her team continues to develop in her second season.

Westerville South High School girls lacrosse coach Danielle D'Amico hopes her team continues to develop in her second season.

The Wildcats return several players from a team that finished 1-15-1 overall last year.

"I already feel a lot more comfortable not only with myself coaching, but also with the girls," D'Amico said.

South opened March 22 by losing to visiting Pickerington Central 18-1 in an OCC-Ohio Division contest. Senior midfielder Sam Ricker, a returning player, scored the South goal.

On March 24, the Wildcats' home game with Delaware was postponed because of bad weather.

Senior defender Katie Beck is another key returnee whom South is counting on to lead the way.

"Katie is huge on (defense), but all the seniors should have good years," D'Amico said.

Other returnees are senior Becca Rottersman (midfielder), juniors Ava Howell (attacker/goalie), Taylor Robinson (attacker), Gabby Rossantelli (midfielder), Adrea Sangvone (attacker) and Shahrzod Soltanirad (midfielder) and sophomores Mikayla Gaskeen (defender), Francie Gordish (defender), Taylor McCoy (attacker), Danielle Miller (midfielder), Grazia Santos (attacker/goalie) and Ellie Schumer (attacker).

Other players are senior Rhyan Klima (midfielder), junior Ayanna Jenkins (midfielder) and freshmen Jaylen Berdin (midfielder), Uyen Dinh (attacker), Sydnee Edwards (defender), Emily Grise (attacker), Lilly Hinckley (attacker), Katelyn Khamsomphou (attacker), Cindy Nguyen (attacker), Bella Pillow (defender) and Tuyen Quan (midfielder).

For some of those players "a lot of teaching" has been required, D'Amico said, but they've been eager to learn.

"We have a ton of new players who have never played the game before," D'Amico said. "We have a lot of new, interested players. Every day is something new for them."

South's schedule includes league games against Westerville North on April 14 and Westerville Central on April 21.

Last season, South went 0-5 in the OCC-Ohio to finish sixth behind champion Pickerington Central (5-0).

The Wildcats lost five players to graduation, including midfielder Amanda Phillips, who was named honorable mention all-region.

The Wildcats' win came against Marysville (11-5), and the teams will meet May 9 at South.

Stratmann to guide Warhawks

Central has a new coach as Fred Stratmann has replaced Chip Walston, who led the team for one season.

This is Stratmann's first coaching job.

There already has been a highlight, as the Warhawks earned a 16-15 comeback win at Bexley on March 24.

Central, which trailed 10-4 at halftime, got four goals from freshman midfielder Sophie Misiuk and three from senior attacker Gabby Fentress. Sophomore goalie Torie Cochran had six saves.

"There's no quit in these kids," Stratmann said.

The Warhawks opened by losing to visiting Watterson 14-5 on March 22.

"I don't think the score shows how well our team played," Stratmann said. "Our biggest weakness is depth."

Central begins OCC-Ohio play April 14 against visiting Pickerington North.

The top returnee is junior midfielder Kristina Ellis, who led the team with 43 goals last season and was first-team all-league. She has committed to play at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Also back is senior midfielder Kelsie Potts, who scored 15 goals last season and was honorable mention all-league.

Other returnees are seniors Kriston Kapan (defender) and Jesse Vaughan (attacker), junior Ariel Gowdy (defender) and sophomores Bella Famine (midfielder) and Erin Potts (midfielder).

Cochran, who is a first-year player, and junior Fatima Bah, who is in her second year, should split time in goal.

Also looking to contribute are senior Sophie Poderys (defender), juniors Macy Jaros (defender), Nicole Sladoje (defender) and Ashley Stephens (attacker) and sophomores Sam Gerardi (defender), Cameron Sheskey (attacker), Nicole Teeples (attacker) and Julia Walker (defender).

"It's a great group," Stratmann said. "They've worked so hard and they're so committed to it. I'm so impressed with them."

Last season, the Warhawks finished 7-9 overall and went 2-3 in the OCC-Ohio to tie Westerville North and Gahanna for third.

Central lost six players to graduation, including goalie Gabi Conard, who had 175 saves last season and was first-team all-league and honorable mention all-region.

Warriors coach sees improvement

Coach Mollie Phythyon is in her second season at North as the Warriors look to improve on last year's 4-12 record.

North opened 0-3, including losses against DeSales (13-6) on March 18 and Olentangy Orange (17-8) on March 22.

Phythyon said her team got out to good starts in both games, but couldn't maintain leads in the second half.

Senior attacker Payton Hurl, who had 26 goals last season, scored five against Orange.

"Talent-wise, we're definitely improved from last year and they're all doing a lot better with basic skill levels," Phythyon said. "It's just a matter of getting them to work as a cohesive unit. They're still trying to figure out the dynamics of the team."

North lost at Olentangy 16-2 on March 24.

Also back is senior midfielder Macey Fuller, who scored 31 goals last season.

Senior goalie Nia Stewart had 161 saves last year. Also back are seniors Bailey Bernhard (midfielder), Valerie Helenberger (defender) and Hana Matsumoto (attacker) and juniors Abbey Chaffin (midfielder), Megan Harris (attacker), Molly Mostyn (defender), Noel Saffold (midfielder) and Alyssa Villo (midfielder).

Other players are seniors Sara Painter (attacker) and Logan Toler (midfielder), junior Rhanda McNamee (defender), sophomores Sydney Chaffin (defender) and Emily Garee (midfielder) and freshmen Kaitlyn Boso (midfielder), Gracie Heighway (midfielder), Jenna Morgan (goalie) and Katie Smith (defender).

Last season, the Warriors won the Westerville Cup, defeating South 14-6 and Central 12-10. Central defeated South 17-5.

"The girls want to see us win more games this year," Phythyon said. "To me, winning the 'Ville' should be the standard, so this year we want to win the games that we should have won last year."

North lost eight players to graduation, including attacker Megan Boso, who was honorable mention all-region last spring.

Schedules

CENTRAL

March 22 -- vs. Watterson

March 24 -- at Bexley

April 7 -- at Columbus School for Girls

April 8 -- at Granville

April 12 -- at Delaware

*April 14 -- vs. Pickerington North

April 16 -- Hannigan-Galipault Tournament at Thomas Worthington

*April 19 -- at Gahanna

*April 21 -- vs. Westerville South

April 26 -- at Hilliard Darby

*May 3 -- vs. Westerville North

May 5 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson

May 7 -- vs. DeSales

*May 10 -- vs. Pickerington Central

May 14 -- vs. Big Walnut

NORTH

March 18 -- vs. DeSales

March 22 -- vs. Olentangy Orange

March 24 -- at Olentangy

April 6 -- vs. Hilliard Davidson

*April 7 -- vs. Gahanna

April 12 -- vs. Hilliard Darby

*April 14 -- at Westerville South

April 16 -- Hannigan-Galipault Tournament at Thomas Worthington

April 19 -- vs. Big Walnut

*April 26 -- at Pickerington North

*April 28 -- at Pickerington Central

April 30 -- at Olentangy Liberty

May 2 -- vs. Hilliard Bradley

*May 3 -- at Westerville Central

May 5 -- vs. Marysville

May 9 -- at Watterson

May 11 -- vs. Delaware

SOUTH

*March 22 -- vs. Pickerington Central

March 24 -- vs. Delaware

*April 7 -- at Pickerington North

April 11 -- vs. Olentangy Liberty

April 12 -- at Big Walnut

*April 14 -- vs. Westerville North

April 19 -- at Hilliard Darby

*April 21 -- at Westerville Central

April 23 -- vs. Beavercreek

April 25 -- at Dublin Scioto

*April 28 -- vs. Gahanna

April 30 -- vs. Wellington

May 3 -- at Hilliard Davidson

May 9 -- vs. Marysville

*League contest