The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team showed its scoring depth in winning its second consecutive Division II regional title.

The Worthington Kilbourne High School girls lacrosse team showed its scoring depth in winning its second consecutive Division II regional title.

The Wolves defeated Columbus Academy 14-10 in a South/Central Region final May 23 at home to improve to 16-3 and advance to face Chagrin Falls in a state semifinal at 5:15 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Thomas Worthington.

Academy focused on shutting down Kilbourne's leading scorers, attacker Miriam Bassani and midfielder Kara Hines, after the duo combined for nine goals in a 14-10 win over the Vikings on April 19.

In the rematch, attacker Alycia Kingcade led the Wolves with four goals and an assist, midfielder Maggie Baumgardner had three goals and an assist and attacker Lexie Walton had three goals. Bassani and Hines were held to a total of three goals.

"Columbus Academy concentrated on our two big scorers from the first game, but we ended up spreading the ball around to several players and we beat them by the same score," coach Doug Troutner said. "The nice thing about our team is if you shut someone down, someone else will be ready to step up and score in their place."

Kilbourne, which is seeking its first state championship, has not played Chagrin Falls this season but defeated the Tigers 10-9 last year. Chagrin Falls beat Toledo St. Ursula 19-11 in a North/Central Region final May 23 to improve to 16-2.

"There's going to be a lot of pressure on our coaching staff to figure out the strengths and weaknesses of (Chagrin Falls) very quickly since we haven't seen them this year," Troutner said. "The strength of our team is our offense and we'll need to continue to spread the ball around and score well in the state tournament. We're a fairly decent ball-control team, keeping control about 60 percent of the game, and we need to keep that up."

The semifinal winner will play New Albany or defending state champion Shaker Heights Hathaway Brown in the state final at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Thomas.

Hathaway Brown defeated Olentangy 12-6 in a North/Central Region final May 23 to improve to 12-6. New Albany improved to 13-4-1 with a 13-8 win over Cincinnati Marie-mont 13-8 in a South/Central Region final May 23.

Kilbourne has not played Hathaway Brown this season but lost to the Blazers 16-13 in a state semifinal a year ago. The Wolves lost to New Albany 13-12 on May 7, as Eagles midfielder Morgan Fee scored four goals, including the winning goal with 41 seconds left.

Eagles midfielder Alaina Enich also scored four goals against the Wolves.

Hathaway Brown is looking to reach the state final for the fifth consecutive season. The Blazers defeated New Albany 17-13 in the championship game last season and won the title in 2010. They were runners-up in 2011 and 2009.

"We're hoping we'll get the opportunity to play New Albany again in the state final," Troutner said. "There aren't a whole lot of changes we would make fundamentally in a rematch. We just need to execute a little bit better to turn the tables on them."

Kilbourne defeated Cincinnati Seton 15-11 in a regional semifinal May 21, as Hines and attacker Allison Martz each had four goals, Bassani, Kingcaid and Walton each scored two and goalkeeper Alex Malone had nine saves.

The Wolves overcame a 9-6 deficit in the final 20 minutes.

"One of our trademarks is being resilient and we showed it in this game," Troutner said. "Seton has some phenomenal athletes and they run more of a middle school offense where the player with the ball ran it straight down the field. Once we adjusted and made them pass more and once we began winning more of the draws, we were able to come back and beat them."

Cards, Wolves boyswin tourney openers

The Thomas and Kilbourne boys teams won their opening games in the Division I Central Region tournament May 25.

The Cardinals defeated visiting Dublin Coffman 8-7 in overtime to improve to 10-8 and played top-seeded Upper Arlington in a regional semifinal May 29, and the Wolves beat visiting Westerville Central 17-3 to improve to 15-4 and played St. Charles in a regional semifinal May 29.

Thomas-UA winner plays host to the Kilbourne-St. Charles winner in the regional final Saturday, June 1.

The Cardinals beat St. Charles 8-7 on May 15 but lost to the Wolves 12-3 on April 17. The Wolves lost to UA 10-3 on May 8.

The regional champion will play at Cincinnati Moeller, Cincinnati St. Xavier, Loveland or Mason in a state semifinal Wednesday, June 5. The state final will be played June 8 at UA.

Thomas trailed Coffman 7-3 in the second half before rallying. Attacker Max King had four goals, including the winning goal with two seconds left in overtime, and midfielder Justin May scored two goals.

Goalie Evan Smith had five saves and had allowed five goals in the first half against Coffman but did not play in the second half because of a thumb injury.

He was replaced by freshman Sam Mackenzie, who made five saves and allowed two goals in the second half and overtime.

"Dublin Coffman's a good team and they have a good defense, but our guys refused to quit," Cardinals coach Jeff Irwin said.

"In the second half, we pulled it together and took care of business. Max King is starting to feel it offensively lately and he made a great play to beat a guy and score in overtime. Sam did a great job of coming in and making some huge saves for us."

Midfielder Josh Happ had five goals, attacker Jake Roberts scored four and goalie James Gundling had three saves to lead Kilbourne against Westerville Central.