Coach Megan Noone expected her "dynamic duo" to lead the Olentangy Berlin girls lacrosse team this spring, just as the pair had done last season.

Midfielder/attacker Isabella Conrad and attacker Andi Henry were two of the top scorers for the Bears in their inaugural season, but their senior season went by the wayside after the OHSAA canceled spring sports because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Henry will get a chance to continue her lacrosse career at Kent State, while Conrad will attend the University of Toledo.

"They are by far the dynamic duo," said Noone, whose team finished 8-11 overall and 3-4 in the OCC-Cardinal Division last spring. "Izzy has a heart of gold and would do anything for her teammates. If I could multiply her by 31, I would do that. That's how great of a kid she is.

"Andi has come a long way into a leadership role, which she needed. She has helped spread her passion to her teammates. We had a lot of leadership between the two of them."

And a lot of scoring. As juniors, Henry had 112 goals and 24 assists, and Conrad had 40 goals and 10 assists.

"I think the most important thing in being a shooter is that you also need to have a connection with your teammates," said Henry, who was second-team all-league. "Helping them score and getting passes to them for assists helps your own game as well."

The two have played together since they were sophomores at Olentangy. Berlin opened their junior year.

"When you are playing on the attack side, it's important to work well with teammates," said Conrad, who was honorable mention all-league last year. "A lot of my goals were assisted by Andi. It's important as attackers to have confidence in each other. It's all about teamwork. You have to have a good plan to attack the net."

Henry was introduced to lacrosse by her brother, 2017 Olentangy graduate Ryan Henry. She was disappointed to miss her senior season, especially since it was to be her final time playing with longtime friends and teammates.

"When I was a freshman, the seniors always told me to take things slow because everything goes fast in high school," she said. "You have to enjoy every moment with your friends and teammates. You never know when it will be your last time playing together."

Conrad echoed those sentiments.

"I guess going into my senior year I was expecting what everyone else expected over previous years -- playing your sport as well as prom and graduation," said Conrad, who plans to major in business at Toledo. "Everything can stop in the blink of an eye. You have to take the initiative and don't be afraid to take risks. Enjoy yourself. That's the most important thing."

Henry knows she still has to work on her game as the challenge increases at the college level.

"I have a lot to work on," said Henry, who wants to major in education or sports management at Kent State. "The (college) game is so much more intense, especially on the attack side of the field. My fakes have to improve on my shots because goalies in college are so much more experienced."

Noone said she expects great things from both players in their future endeavors.

"Andi needs to continue her hard work, and she'll continue to get better," Noone said. "She needs to continue lifting weights and keep getting stronger and faster. You can never work hard enough on your speed and your fundamentals.

"I think Izzy has gotten a lot of life skills (from playing lacrosse). Both of them have handled adversity well, and Izzy's leadership skills and team mentality will only help her in the business world. That will take her pretty far in her career."

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