The Columbus Academy girls lacrosse team entered the week in position to return to a familiar spot.
Seeking their first Central Independent League title since 2015, the Vikings were 5-0 in the league before playing DeSales on April 25. The Stallions entered the game 4-0 in the league.
DeSales won the previous two league titles after Academy had won six in a row.
“We’re eying that,” coach Anne Horton said before her team played the Stallions. “It’s been a couple years since we’ve been able to do it and it’s definitely in the back of our minds.”
The Vikings had lost three consecutive meetings in the series, including a 14-4 setback in the Division II, Region 7 final last season.
DeSales, which lost to Chagrin Falls 9-8 in two overtimes in a state semifinal last year, won the state title in 2016.
Despite playing eight of its first nine games on the road, Academy was 8-2 overall before playing DeSales. The Vikings defeated Gates Mills Hawken 15-5 and McMurray (Pennsylvania) Peters Township 16-4 in the Hannigan-Galipault Tournament on April 21 at Thomas Worthington, and lost to New Albany 12-8 on April 23.
The Vikings’ original home opener against Olentangy Liberty on April 3 was postponed because of bad weather. Horton said it is unlikely the game will be rescheduled.
Academy, which lost to Nashville (Tennessee) Ensworth 13-3 on March 30, celebrated its home opener with a 13-4 win over Watterson on April 19.
“I thought we had a great first half,” Horton said. “We’ve been working on specific defenses and we’ve been talking about just a connection within the framework of the team and I thought today was our best execution of those factors.”
Nine Vikings scored, led by Abby Yakam’s three goals. Lexi Leader and Tani Obikunle added two apiece, and goalkeeper Ashley Reynolds had two saves.
“We were certainly excited to get back home and open up the (home) season,” Horton said. “We’re four weeks in. We’ve just been getting after it, so it’s fun to be home.”
Boys lacrosse team earns second win
The boys lacrosse team picked up its second win of the season, defeating Hilliard Darby 9-8 on April 19.
Andrew Swartz scored five goals and Keenan Bellisari added two to lead visiting Academy. Goalie Philip Soderberg had 11 saves.
The Vikings fell to 2-6 with a 7-3 loss to visiting St. Charles on April 23. Swartz scored two goals and Charlie Yaw added one.
Baseball team looking for strong second half
Baseball coach Todd Dunkle is hoping his team will have a strong second half of the season heading into the Division III district tournament.
The Vikings were 7-9 overall and 3-3 in the MSL-Ohio Division before playing Grandview on April 24.
Academy split a pair of league games with Bexley last week, winning 3-2 on April 18 and losing 2-0 on April 19. The Vikings erased a 2-0 deficit in the win, scoring single runs in each of the last three innings.
“Our record does not indicate how good we are,” Dunkle said. “Six of our losses have been to schools that are bigger than us. We will be ready to make a run when the tournament starts.”
Boys tennis team to face Wellington
The boys tennis team will play host to Wellington on May 3 in a key MSL-Ohio match and OTCA Division II team tournament district semifinal.
The match was postponed April 17 because of bad weather.
Academy defeated Bexley 4-1 on April 19 to improve to 4-0 in the league. Winners were Suriya Sundaram 6-3, 6-0 at second singles, Jack Madison 6-0, 6-1 at third singles, Sam Vogel and Drew Haffer 6-3, 6-1 at first doubles and Ryan Wahl and Harry Zaye 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 at second doubles.
Below are the coming schedules for the Columbus Academy baseball, boys lacrosse, boys tennis and track & field teams:
April 28 – At Buckeye Valley (DH)
*April 30 – At Whitehall
*May 2 – Home vs. Whitehall
April 28 – At Wellington
April 26 – At Olentangy Orange
April 30 – Home vs. New Albany
May 1 – At Upper Arlington
TRACK & FIELD
April 27 – Milt Will Relays at Canal Winchester