Liberty, Upper Arlington and DeSales win Ohio regional lacrosse titles

Brian Savage admits his name probably won’t be first on scouting reports when it comes to facing the Olentangy Liberty boys lacrosse team.

Considering the senior forward scored 10 goals in a game against Massillon Jackson four weeks ago, and scored his first goal Friday night in the Division I, Region 1 final against visiting Dublin Jerome just six seconds after Liberty won a face-off , Savage might not have been able to score anywhere. to hunker down as the Patriots prepare for what they hope is a two-game trip to the state tournament.

“There are bigger names on this team, but my goal is to come here and play every day,” Savage said. “I was just ready for the fold. My teammates gave me the ball. This is all because of them.”

Savage’s six goals led the way as top-seeded and second-seeded Liberty erased an early three-goal deficit to No. 2 seed Jerome, moving ahead by five goals in six minutes and never trailing again in a 15 -10 win.

Jake Struck, a junior forward from Ohio, added three goals and seniors Austin Mallory (forward) and Luca Minniti (midfielder) each scored twice as the Patriots (21-1) won their first regional title since 2017 and advanced to a semi state final Wednesday at Ashland University against North Canton Hoover.

Sophomore goalie Ben Godwin made nine saves for Liberty, which won its fourth regional title and denied defending state champion Jerome (15-5) a fourth straight trip to the state tournament.

Girls Lacrosse: Olentangy Liberty, Upper Arlington win Division I regional championship

The Celtics have defeated Liberty in the past two regional finals.

“We’ve been trying to change our version of lacrosse for the last few years to do this,” Patriots coach Jason Godwin said. “We want to play faster, a little looser and not so tight. You are going to make mistakes in this game, but be smart and limit them. Map the situation early; early offense is huge. And we played some pretty great defense.”

Darren Seikel scored two goals and Xander Johnson added one to give Jerome a 3-0 lead in the first 2:09.

Struck scored his program-record single-season 70th goal of the year to put Liberty on the board, and Savage scored his first two goals over the next six minutes to make it 5-3.

Jerome tied the game at 7-all midway through the third after Seikel’s third goal, but Mallory, Minniti and Justin Sebert scored late in the period to give Liberty a 10-7 lead.

Gavin Dean and Johnson both scored twice for Jerome. Freshman goalkeeper Matthew Esquerra made two saves.

“(The Patriots) have talent everywhere and they play fast like we do,” Jerome coach Andy Asmo said. “They played more than us. Usually we make those plays and tonight they made them.

DeSales 14, Watterson 13 (3OT)

Blake Carawan scored the winning goal late in the third overtime as the visiting and second-seeded Stallions (14-3) outlasted top-seeded Watterson (18-2) to win a third straight Division II, Region 7 championship.

Carawan had five goals, Ty Hampton added four and Neal Ritchie had three for DeSales, which plays Bellbrook in the Dayton Chaminade Julienne semifinal on Wednesday.

Angelo Lamatrice’s eight goals led Watterson.

This was the fourth regional final between the longtime rivals since 2019 and the fifth straight year in which they met in the postseason.

Upper Arlington 15, Hilliard Davidson 5

The top-seeded Golden Bears (19-3) defeated visiting and third-seeded Davidson (15-7) in the third straight Division I, Region 3 final between the OCC-Central rivals.

UA won its fifth consecutive regional title and, like each of the previous four, will play Cincinnati St. Xavier in a semifinal Wednesday in Wittenberg.

The Bears defeated Davidson 45-12 in their regional final meetings.


DeSales 12, Watterson 11 (OT)

Caroline Cross’ goal in the first overtime secured the host and top-seeded Stallions championship in the first Division II, Region 7 since 2019.

Cross had four goals and two assists and Anna Bogan, Campbell Heald and Tiffany Kelley each scored twice for DeSales (17-5), which plays Cincinnati Indian Hill in the state semifinals Tuesday at Chaminade Julienne. Heald assisted the winning goal.

Carmen Lacey made three saves.

Sophia Monesi scored six goals for No. 2 seed Watterson (15-7), which is three wins shy of a second straight state championship.

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