The Olentangy Liberty girls lacrosse team started strong and hung on late, outlasting host Medina 13-9 in a Division I regional semifinal Tuesday night.
The win sets up a showdown with top-seeded New Albany in Saturday’s regional final.
The Patriots, who led 10-4 at halftime, scored early and often. Molly Bursinger broke the scoring seal and, after Medina scored the next two to take a brief lead, Grace Buckey found the back of the net to even things up.
Liberty dominated the rest of the half, using an 8-2 run to take the big lead into the break. Bursinger scored three of the next four goals to create some separation. Madison Rapier scored three first-half goals of her own while Buckey and Mollie McCormack added the others.
Bursinger scored to make it 11-4 early in the second half and, after Medina reeled off five straight to create some drama, McCormack and Bursinger scored to account for the final margin.
Olentangy def. Pickerington North 25-17, 25-13, 25-22 in Division I East Region semifinal; Dublin Jerome def. Liberty 25-14, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18 in Division I East Region semifinal.