Freshman Charlotte Adams bolts past defenders. (Inji Kang’19/Media editor)
With just two games remaining before the postseason, the Academy girls lacrosse squad took care of business, topping Worthington Kilbourne and Olentangy Orange this past week.
The Vikes traveled to Worthington Kilbourne on Tuesday, May 8, and were challenged by a thriving Wolves squad. Kilbourne held a one-goal lead at the intermission, but CA came out of the locker rooms ready to keep battling. The Wolves committed thirteen fouls compared to the Vikings’ four in the second half, and the score was knotted by the end of regulation.
Momentum was back on Academy’s side heading into sudden-death overtime, and the Vikes capitalized, striking first to take the victory. Sophomore Lauren Bernacki led CA with four goals, juniors Lexi Leader and Tani Obikunle each had a hat trick, and sophomore Abby Yakam added two scores of her own. Junior Megan Schmitz and sophomore Kiersten Thomassey had a goal apiece. On the other end, freshman goalkeeper Marin Henry was pivotal in the win as well, notching four saves.
After a few days of well-earned rest, the Vikings trounced Olentangy Orange on Friday, May 11, in Academy’s final home game. The Vikes were in control from start to finish on both ends of the field, as they steamrolled the Pioneers, 14-2. CA owned an edge in almost every statistical category, including a massive advantage in shots on goal.
The #2 seed Vikings will begin regional tournament play on Thursday, May 17, as they host arch-rival #13 seed Bexley in the first round. A tough road lies ahead, but CA seems poised for another run at a state title.