Isabella Wagner is happy to be back with the Hilliard Lynx field hockey club team.

A 2015 Hilliard Bradley graduate who played four seasons with the Lynx before going on to play for Wittenberg University, Wagner is in her first season as coach of the Lynx and likes what she has seen from her team thus far.

Hilliard, which is comprised of players from Bradley, Darby, Davidson and Grove City, improved to 9-2-1 with a 5-0 win over Columbus School for Girls on Sept. 16.

"I'm very happy with the record," said Wagner, whose team has outscored its opponents 32-6. "I did think we would do fairly well because we have a lot of good players this year. We're graduating a lot of seniors."

The Lynx, who have nine seniors, suffered their first loss Sept. 9, falling to Olentangy Liberty 1-0, and lost to Toledo St. Ursula 2-1 on Sept. 14. They tied Hudson Western Reserve Academy at 1 on Aug. 24, and their other wins have come against Hartley (2-0 on Aug. 19), Gates Mills Hawken (1-0 on Aug. 23), Stow-Munroe Falls (1-0 on Aug. 24), Dublin Scioto (9-0 on Aug. 26), Olentangy Berlin (2-0 on Sept. 5), Kettering Fairmont (5-0 on Sept. 7), Dayton Oakwood (1-0 on Sept. 7), and Upper Arlington (4-2 on Sept. 14).

Junior goalkeeper Lyndsey Seagraves, who attends Darby, had six saves against Liberty and 30 through nine games.

"Lyndsey is excellent and she plays club as well, so even better," Wagner said.

Senior forward Sarah Baltimore and junior midfielder/defender Alyssa Cross, both of whom attend Bradley, each had seven goals through nine goals, while Bradley seniors Lexi Dailey (midfielder), Madison Pucci (forward/midfielder/defender) and Emma Thomas (forward) each had two.

Also from Bradley are seniors Marin Casey (defender), Phoebe Uttermohlen (defender), Cate Wagner (midfielder) and Sarah Willbarger (defender), juniors Makayla Davis (utility) and Gwen Godsey (defender), sophomore Alex Nilsen (forward) and freshmen Claire Baltimore (midfielder/defender), Jenna Cross (midfielder/defender), Cate Cunningham (forward), Addy Eckstein (defender) and Janine Humeidan (forward).

Rounding out the team are Darby senior Kendal Jurasek (forward), Davidson sophomore Ava Gooding (defen-der), Grove City sophomore Madison Estep (forward) and Davidson freshman Chloe Dodgion (forward).

"We want a winning season, for sure," coach Wagner said. "We want to continue the way we are. I'd like to introduce new skills."

The program has doubled in size since being formed in 2006. Hilliard had just 12 players in its inaugural season. This year, the Lynx have 22 players on their varsity roster and 12 players on their middle school team.

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