Members of the Dublin Scioto High School boys lacrosse team are responding just the way second-year coach Nick Gallagher had hoped they would.
The Irish were 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Thomas Worthington on April 16 and entered the contest on a four-game winning streak. Last year in Gallagher's first season, they finished 3-15 overall and 0-6 in the league.
"I'm happy," Gallagher said. "Our guys have bought into what we're doing. We've bought into being a better team. We've brought into being better teammates. We've bought into being a program that we used to be. It isn't going to come easy for us. We don't have the talent that some of the other (programs) have, but we have the hard work and we have the dedication. We have the care."
Junior midfielder Pete Hrelec has helped Scioto get off to the good start this season. He scored seven goals, including the game-winner in overtime, in an 11-10 victory at Hilliard Darby on April 9.
"I don't think we've won a game without it being a complete group effort," Gallagher said. "We went into overtime with Darby. I know Pete lit up the scoresheet, but we had a lot of guys contribute."
Hrelec also had seven goals and Miguel Soto scored four in a 14-8 win over visiting Olentangy Berlin on April 11, and Hrelec had nine goals in a 15-5 win at Wadsworth on April 13.
"This year has been better and I just love the atmosphere we have," Soto said. "The seniors knew exactly what coach wanted, so we were able to bring it this year and work hard in the offseason."
Gallagher also has been pleased with the play of junior goalkeeper Alex Mar, who had nine saves against Berlin.
"Alex has been playing pretty steady for us," Gallagher said.
Among the other players who have stepped up is junior midfielder Daniel Segura, a three-time state qualifier in wrestling who is in his first season playing lacrosse.
"Daniel is a beast," Gallagher said. "He's facing off. He's just a man. He's a different animal. We're happy with everybody. We have good guys who are doing everything for us. We're pretty pleased with our group right now."
Scioto has OCC-Cardinal games remaining against defending league champion Worthington Kilbourne on Tuesday, April 23, Delaware on April 25 and Jerome on May 1. Last season, the Wolves went 6-0 in the league, beating the Irish 20-5.
"Kilbourne, Jerome (are the top teams). Delaware is having a great season, too," Gallagher said. "The league is tough and the top teams are going to be tough to beat. If we can build off every win, we're going to come out and we're going to fight and that's what we're here for."
Girls lacrosse team rebounds from loss
The girls lacrosse team quickly bounced back from its first loss of the season, defeating Wooster 15-4 on April 13 in the Hannigan-Galipault Tournament at Thomas after losing to Loveland 15-11 in the tournament earlier that day.
The Irish were 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing Thomas on April 16.
Scioto defeated Berlin 21-8 on April 11 as Jessie Hartman had five goals, Avery Schwab and Ashleigh Rothe both scored four and Allie Vogel added three.
Rothe and Schwab both scored six goals in a 16-3 win over Darby on April 9.
Hartman achieved a milestone in a 20-4 win over Hilliard Bradley on April 4 as she reached 100 goals for her career. She had 111 goals before the game against Thomas, while Vogel and Rothe entered that same game with 97 and 86 career goals, respectively.
"The girls continue to work hard in practice and games," coach Sarah Zink said. "The tough loss to Loveland highlighted some areas we need to work on, as every game does. The girls' dedication to their team, the focus on the work that needs to be put in this season and their positive team spirit can be seen in their improvement they have had in each game."
Baseball team sweeps Pacers
The baseball team earned its first win in OCC-Cardinal play, defeating Delaware 4-1 on April 13.
The Irish beat the Pacers again on April 15, winning 5-4 to improve to 6-6 overall and 2-2 in the league.
Scioto lost both of its league games against Berlin, 3-2 on April 8 and 2-1 on April 10.
Through 11 games, Aiden Lao was batting .459 with five doubles, a home run and 12 runs scored.