Griffin Kinney and Josh Bender combined to score eight goals as Hayes rolled past visiting Columbus City Schools 18-4 during Saturday’s Ohio High School Lacrosse Association Club Division tournament game.
Each finished with four goals in the win — a triumph earning the Pacers a spot in Saturday’s quarterfinal showdown against visiting Kettering Alter.
The game was over almost as soon as it started, with Hayes taking a 9-1 lead on its way to a 10-3 advantage at halftime.
Not a team to sit on a lead, the Pacers outscored CSS 8-1 in the second half to account for the final margin.
Outside of the highlights produced by Kinney and Bender, Paul Golden added three goals, Jordan Zinader found the back of the net twice, Charlie Darrough also chipped in a pair of tallies, and the trio of Phoenix Neitzelt, Kyle Gabbert and Zach Kern scored a goal each in the win.
Michael Duffy did a respectable job in goal, making two saves.
Big Walnut 7, Ottawa Hills 4
The Golden Eagles set a school record for wins in a season and advanced to the OHSLA Club Division quarterfinals all at the same time Saturday, clipping host Ottawa Hills thanks in large part to four goals from Parker Marsch.
Big Walnut, which found itself locked in a 3-3 tie at halftime, got a big boost from Jarrod Norton, who had two goals in the win, and Dean McMillen, who had the other.
Sawyer Lott made eight saves in the Eagle goal.
Liberty 16, Thomas Worthington 11
The Patriots made the most of their Division I regional tournament seeding, knocking off an over matched Cardinal squad Saturday afternoon in Powell.
Liberty won its 13th game of the season in the process, getting multi-goal efforts from six players, including Patrick Melick and Jimmy Chickerella, who had three each.
Other standouts included Austin Bull, Grant Woods, Tyler Specht and Ben Lando, who had two tallies each, and Dave Southwick and Jimmy Ruska, who had a goal each in the triumph.
Tyler Stark and Evan Finley made saves for Liberty, with Stark closing with 12 stops while Finley collecting one.