It was a record-setting season for the Columbus Academy boys lacrosse team.

Under second-year coach Derek Lichtfuss, the Vikings finished 17-4 for the most wins in program history.

Third-seeded Academy played in its first Division II, Region 7 semifinal, losing to second-seeded DeSales 17-8 on May 20.

The Vikings also established a program record for goals in a season with 344.

"This year was certainly special and different," said Lichtfuss, who was named Coach of the Year in the region. "I had seven seniors that most of which have been involved with the program really since it began. The kids gave it everything they had and laid a really great foundation of leadership for kids for years to come."

Academy was ninth in last week's Division II state poll, with Watterson second and DeSales fourth.

Senior midfielder Gunnar Geiger won 361 faceoffs, collected 241 ground balls and added 17 points. He was named Player of the Year and Faceoff Specialist of the Year in the region.

"I'm super ecstatic with the awards and the season in general because this was a historic year for us," Geiger said. "We made it to the third round. We won our first two (tournament) games, which has never been done before. We finished the season with a historical record as well."

Junior midfielder/attacker Andrew Swartz led the Vikings in scoring with 61 goals and 21 assists for 82 points. He was Midfielder of the Year in the region.

Freshman attacker Zachary White had 50 goals and 31 assists for 81 points. He was first-team all-region.

Senior attacker David Barren had 60 goals and 17 assists for 77 points. Barren, who played as a freshman and sophomore before opting to focus on track and field last year, was second-team all-region.

Senior midfielder Malcolm Klingbeil had 54 goals and eight assists for 62 points. Klingbeil, who will play at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and was first-team all-region, missed most of last season with a right ACL injury.

"It was a great season," Klingbeil said. "We made it to the third round, which was the furthest the school has advanced ... so it was a pretty successful season despite the outcome. We're pretty pleased with how it went."

Senior attacker/defender/midfielder Keenan Bellisari had 40 goals and six assists for 46 points and was second-team all-region. Junior midfielder/attacker Charlie Yaw had 35 goals and 21 assists for 56 points, and junior goalkeeper Philip Soderberg had 77 saves.

Other players eligible to return are junior midfielders Blake Chiovaro and Michael Hoffman, sophomores Vassar Barney (defender), Matthew Derzon (defender), Lakes Florey (attacker), Campbell Gwin (midfielder), Graham Mallory (defender/midfielder), Robert Mills (midfielder) and Chris Sugar (midfielder) and freshmen Drake Bellisari (midfielder) and Charles Stoner (defender/midfielder).

"We had a pretty good group this year, so it's always tough when you have a really good group of seniors and a good group of guys to disband that quickly at the end of the season," Lichtfuss said.

Girls 3,200 relay qualifies for state

The girls track and field team's 3,200-meter relay opened the Division III regional meet May 22 at Fairfield Union by finishing second in 9 minutes, 54.76 seconds to earn a state berth.

The relay was comprised of Maddie Tuckerman, Regan Cornelius, Mary Kate Prall and Annalise Grammel.

"Leading off is really important to me," Tuckerman said. "I was really excited. Once the gun goes off the competition starts. My entire goal is just to get my team in a good position to run a great race because if this was going to be my last (3,200 relay) I was going to give it all I have. I'm really pleased I got us in a good position."

Caleb Crawley finished fourth in the boys discus (144 feet, 6 inches) to earn a state berth.

Charlie Sabgir, Luke Nester, Jake Huddleston and Liam McCann were ninth in the boys 3,200 relay (8:48.45).

The regional meet concluded May 24, with the top four finishers in each event advancing to state Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1 at Ohio State.

Tennis players compete at state

Five members of the boys tennis team competed in the Division II state tournament May 24 and 25 at Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.

Drew Haffer competed in singles. The teams of Suriya Sundaram and Rhian Seneviratne and Arie Tuckerman and Jack Madison competed in doubles.

Girls lacrosse team reaches regional final

The second-seeded girls lacrosse team was 14-6 before playing top-seeded DeSales in the Division II, Region 7 final May 24 at New Albany.

The winner plays Cincinnati Summit Country Day or Cincinnati Mariemont in a state semifinal Thursday, March 30, at Beavercreek, with the winner playing Bay Village Day, Cuyahoga Falls Walsh Jesuit, Chagrin Falls or Gates Mills Hawken in the state final Saturday, June 1, at a neutral site.

The Vikings advanced to the regional final with an 11-8 win over third-seeded Granville on May 21 at home. Lexi Leader led Academy with six goals, followed by Lauren Bernacki and Evie Gee each with two and Emma Belford with one.

Baseball team closes season

The 10th-seeded baseball team lost to ninth-seeded Northridge 8-0 in a Division III district semifinal May 21 to finish 13-12.

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