Upper Arlington Headed Back to State Tourney


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Upper Arlington headed back to state tourney
Sunday May 29, 2016 11:42 AM

The Upper Arlington High School boys lacrosse team is back in familiar territory at the state tournament.

The top-seeded and host Golden Bears beat second-seeded Dublin Coffman 14-10 in the Division I Central Region final May 28 to improve to 18-3. The Bears, who have won 15 state titles, will face Loveland in a state semifinal June 1 at Olentangy Liberty.

The Shamrocks finished 18-3 in their final season under coach Mark Forsythe, who recently announced he was stepping down.

UA, which took a 7-0 lead, got four goals from Ben Baker and three goals each from Danny Logan and Jack Dolan. Coffman cut its deficit to 12-8 with 8 minutes, 50 seconds remaining, but the Bears answered with two goals over the next three minutes to seal the outcome.

“It definitely felt good to come out fast like that,” Logan said. “We wanted to go up early on them. We weathered their run.”

Cam Bowdy led the Shamrocks with four goals.

“If we start fast and get a couple big saves, we (would have won) that game,” Forsythe said.

Cleveland St. Ignatius 6, Olentangy Liberty 4

Johnny Wiseman scored two goals, but second-seeded Liberty could not hold a one-goal lead entering the fourth quarter in a loss at top-seeded St. Ignatius in the Division I Northwest Region final.

“We played well defensively and we were up 3-2 at half and 4-3 going into the fourth,” coach Jason Godwin said. “We lost the lead, but we definitely played well.”

Griffin Hughes and Vincent Ramondelli both added goals for the Patriots, who finished 16-5.

The Wildcats improved to 15-2 and play Hudson in a state semifinal June 1 at Cuyahoga Falls Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy.

—Scott Hennen

Worthington Kilbourne 14, DeSales 8

Kilbourne was confident its depth was the key factor in wearing down host DeSales in the Division II Central Region final May 28.

After spotting the top-seeded Stallions three goals in the first 5:15, the third-seeded Wolves roared back to tie the game with a three-goal outburst of their own spanning 70 seconds, and scored three consecutive goals early in the second quarter to take the lead for good.

Jared Happ had four goals and four assists and Luke LeVette had three goals and three assists to lead Kilbourne, which improved to 12-10 and advanced to play Cincinnati Summit Country Day in a state semifinal June 1 at Centerville.

The Wolves also defeated DeSales 10-6 on April 12.

“We can run a solid six midfielders. We have four (attackers) who can handle the ball and do their job, so we can get a decent rotation in there and that really helps,” Wolves coach Drew May said. “It helps tremendously. We figured we’d have good depth and we have proven that.”

Nick Musci had five goals, including the first three of the game, for DeSales, which finished 13-4. The Stallions lost in a regional final for the third consecutive year.

“Once (Kilbourne) got settled and got their feet underneath them, I think it came down to them wanting it more and making fewer mistakes,” DeSales coach Matt Triplet said.

—Dave Purpura


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UA pulls away from Loveland to reach state final
By DAVE PURPURA Wednesday June 1, 2016 10:39 PM

The Upper Arlington High School boys lacrosse team used an offensive outburst, albeit one that was split down the middle by halftime, to grab the momentum in a Division I state semifinal against Loveland on June 1.

Danny Logan’s shot caromed off Tigers goalkeeper Marshal Amon to Alex Rankin, who scored with one second left in the first half to break a 2-all tie, and Logan scored an unassisted goal off the opening faceoff of the third quarter to highlight the Golden Bears’ 9-2 win at Olentangy Liberty.

Loveland finished 17-4.

“It was a big turning point,” Rankin said. “I really didn’t know (if I had enough time to score). I just got the ball and shot as quick as I could and put it in the back of the net.”

Ben Baker, E.J. Caldwell and Jack Dolan each scored two goals for UA, which improved to 19-3 and advanced to play Cleveland St. Ignatius (17-2) in the state final June 4 at Thomas Worthington. The Bears outshot Loveland 45-14 and had 25 shots on goal.

UA had several lengthy possessions in the second half to maintain the lead.

“They were really packed in, but when we got them spread out a lot, it kept the middle open,” Caldwell said. “We just kept going and going. That (start to the second half) helped with our momentum.”

Eric Thomas and Sam Walther scored in the first six minutes to stake Loveland to a 2-0 lead.

Worthington Kilbourne 16, Cincinnati Summit Country Day 3

Luke LeVette scored seven goals and Alex Cash and Jack Trombetti led the way defensively as Kilbourne routed Summit Country Day in a Division II state semifinal June 1 at Centerville.

The Wolves improved to 13-10 and advanced to play Toledo St. Francis (20-2) in the state final June 4 at Thomas Worthington. Kilbourne, which is in its first season in Division II, won the Division I state title in 2009 and was state runner-up in 2011.

“(Summit Country Day) had two very good offensive players and Alex and Jack and some of our midfielders just shut them down,” coach Drew May said. “They just stayed solid and sound and were in great defensive position throughout.”

Kilbourne led 3-0 after the first quarter and extended to its advantage to 9-1 by halftime and 14-2 by the end of the third quarter.

Jared Happ and Jack Maloney both added three goals. Happ also had two assists and goalie Chris Reynolds made seven saves.

“We started hot and kept moving the ball and finding our teammates or finding some space to attack,” LeVette said. “This is very special to go to the finals.”

May was pleased with the Wolves’ aggressive play and mindset.

“We kept our foot on the gas offensively and defensively,” May said. “We didn’t want to take any chances and we wanted to take advantage of every single opportunity we had. The boys did a great job.”

—Brad Emerine