As it continues its push toward becoming a varsity sport, Granville’s girls lacrosse team is becoming established in central Ohio.
The Blue Aces jumped on visiting Big Walnut early in Thursday’s game and cruised to a 13-3 win as they prepared for four games next week.
Senior captain Olivia Krock — who scored two goals — was on the first team as an eighth grader and has seen the program grow by leaps and bounds in five years.
“Central Ohio is a hot zone for girls lacrosse, and we play established teams,” Krock said after Granville (3-2) built a 10-1 halftime lead and never looked back. “We beat Wellington, which is one of the best in central Ohio. We’re making a name for ourselves.”
Granville also has beaten Division I Westerville South, and lost close games to Westerville North and DeSales.
Emily Crock got the Blue Aces off to a flying start against the Eagles, scoring a goal 13 seconds into the game and another more than two minutes later. After Lauren Basile scored at 20:16, it was Krock at 19:39, Sarah Ahrendt at 17:02 and Krock again at 15:21 as Granville raced ahead 6-0 before Big Walnut scored. But Anna Paumier and Davis Campbell scored off nice 1-on-1 moves, and Ahrendt had two more goals in the final 1:51 of the half.
“We wanted to attack immediately off the draw,” Blue Aces coach Jeremy Hopping said. “If you go hard in the beginning, you don’t have to go so hard at the end trying to come back. We got a lot of great looks and our shots were better, a lot more accurate. We placed the balls in the corners (of the net) instead of shooting them right at the goalie.”
Hopping opted to work on passing and running the offense in the second half.
“We did a lot of 1-on-1 in the first half, so we wanted to run our offense and work on it like we do in practice,” he said. “We get a lot of different looks throughout the season, and they were running a zone defense. So it gave us an opportunity to work against that.”
Paumier scored 10 minutes into the second half for Granville, Basile struck with 8:45 left and Campbell with 24 seconds to go off a pass from Parris Miller.
Ahrendt had three goals, and Campbell, Basile, Paumier, Krock and Crock all had two each for the the Blue Aces.
“We worked well together as a team,” Krock said. “We got up fast in the game, then were able to work on our offense. We get better each game.”
The No. 6 is on the minds of Granville. It’s the number of teammate Janet Gregory, who was seriously injured in a sled riding crash. The team displays her jersey at every game, and will play a benefit game for Gregory on Tuesday on the football field against Bexley.
“She’s always on our minds, and her spirit is always with us,” Hopping said.