The Dublin Scioto High School girls lacrosse team is looking to build on the best season in program history.
The Irish are off to a good start, as they are 2-0 and will return to action April 4 when they visit Hilliard Bradley in their OCC-Cardinal Division opener.
Scioto opened March 15 with a 14-6 home win over Big Walnut and beat visiting Westerville Central 19-9 on March 18.
"It's important to get off to a good start," third-year coach Sarah Zink said. "It builds the confidence of the girls and it also helps us get set in our offense and defense we're running throughout the season."
Last season, the Irish finished 12-4 overall, setting the program record for wins while finishing above .500 for just the second time. Their previous mark for victories came in 2014, when they finished 9-8.
Against Big Walnut, sophomore midfielder Ashleigh Rothe scored five goals, sophomore attacker Avery Schwab and freshman midfielder/at-tacker Tiffany Trinh each scored two and senior goalkeeper Kim Martinez Torres had five saves.
Against Central, Rothe had six goals, Schwab scored five, senior midfielder Jessie Hartman and senior attacker Kiersten Jennings each scored three and Martinez Torres had two saves.
"It's been fun," Hartman said of the team's start to the season. "I'm excited to work and get back after spring break. We'll have some more competitive games and it will be fun."
Martinez Torres has replaced 2018 graduate Aubrey Webb in goal. Last season, Webb finished with 165 saves and was named first-team all-league.
"Kim is doing very well," Zink said. "She's taken what Aubrey has taught her, helped her with. Aubrey is a mentor for her and imperative for our team as well."
Last season, Hartman and Vogel led the Irish in scoring with 30 and 28 goals, respectively. Both were second-team all-league and Vogel was second-team all-region in Division I.
"We have a really good team chemistry and that helps to trust each other more and we really play well together," Vogel said. "It's really nice to have that team bonding."
Other returnees are seniors Morgan Brown (atta-cker/defender), Kylene Davis (defender), Joy Olobatuyi (defender) and Rylie See (attacker/midfielder), juniors Madison Berry (attacker), Keira Hubschman (defender), Sydney Nadal (attacker) and Melika Saffari (defender) and sophomore Karleigh Rothe (defender).
Other players are junior Darlene Fadlalmawla (defender), sophomores Gabby Johnson (midfielder/attacker) and Sarang Lee (midfielder/atta-cker) and freshman Trinity Johnson (defender).
"The senior class knows my expectations," Zink said. "They are pretty comfortable with the offense and defense that we're running. We have some things to work on, just like every team does, but the girls respond really well and they work very well as a team. They've meshed very well."
Last season, Scioto went 3-3 in the league to finish fourth behind champion Jerome (6-0).
"Our OCC is tough," Zink said. "We have Thomas Worthington, we have Jerome and Worthington Kilbourne. Those are three very tough teams. They're usually in the top five in their regions, so we have a very tough OCC. What I'm looking for from my team is to be competitive and take a new stand."
Boys lacrosse team seeks improvement
The boys lacrosse team is looking for continued progress under second-year coach Nick Gallagher.
The Irish are 1-2 entering a home game against Pickerington North on Saturday, March 30. They open OCC-Cardinal play April 4 at home against Bradley.
Last season, Scioto finished 3-15 overall and went 0-6 in the league to finish seventh behind champion Kilbourne (6-0).
"We're going through a little bit of a culture change and the kids have really bought in," Gallagher said.
"Last year was a little tough. We were in kind of late and we were trying to set an example and do a lot of things. We had a lot of seniors last year who took that thought and really helped us move forward. We're progressing."
The Irish opened March 19 with a 12-6 loss to Watterson and defeated Bexley 13-2 on March 21 before losing to Coffman 17-4 on March 23.
Junior midfielder Pete Hrelec scored three goals against Watterson and two against Coffman, and junior goalie Alex Mar had 13 saves against Watterson and eight against Coffman. Both are returnees.
Also back are seniors Jeremy Chapman (defender), Ben Cowan (defender), Inderjot Hothi (defender), Avery Langworthy (midfielder), Huy Phan (midfielder), Miguel Soto (attacker), Scott Swain (defender) and Zack Tharp (midfielder), juniors Josh Chun (attacker), Aidan Ekis (defe-nder) and Christian Vo (midfielder) and sophomores Tyler Chase (midfielder), Nick Gould (defender), Garrett Mielke (midfielder) and Vaughn Francis (midfielder).
Other players are seniors Dion Watts (defender) and Anthony Yates (goalie), juniors Matt Gast (midfielder), Nathan Smith (midfielder) and Harrison Yocum (defender) and sophomores Aidan Meehan (defender), Bennett Obenour (attacker), Jackson Raabe (midfielder), Koel Shaw (midfielder) and Zach Waizmann (attacker).
"We have 10 seniors and they're leading us," Gallagher said. "We're going to go where they take us. ... We've improved, we're working hard and we're doing the things that are asked of us. It's nice to see the culture make a swift change, which is good."
Below are the coming schedules for the Scioto baseball, boys lacrosse, softball, boys tennis, track & field and boys volleyball teams:
April 2 -- At Coffman
March 29 -- Home vs. Miamisburg
April 2 -- Home vs. Pickerington Central
March 28 -- Home vs. Westerville South
April 1 -- Home vs. Olentangy Berlin
*April 3 -- At Delaware
April 1 -- Home vs. Westerville North
*April 2 -- Home vs. Berlin
TRACK & FIELD
April 1 -- At Olentangy Liberty
*April 2 -- At Delaware