When these two teams met in the same round last season, Columbus stunned the St. Thomas Aquinas boys' lacrosse team, upsetting the more-experienced Raiders with the fans rushing the field on them afterward.
This time around, St. Thomas did not fool around with the Explorers, and by night's end, the Raiders were running the clock on them.
St. Thomas took down Columbus 17-4 in a second-round state play-in game on Friday night at Brian Piccolo Stadium.
"I think we came into Columbus real nervous last year," St. Thomas Aquinas coach Terry Crowley said. "We said in the pregame, 'Let's have fun. Let's be athletic. Let's try to have a good time with this thing.' And I think we played a lot looser this time."
Added junior Alex Tuminello, a Maryland recruit who scored four goals: "We just felt like we weren't going to let it happen two times in a row."
The Raiders will travel to Naples to face Barron Collier, ranked sixth in Florida by maxpreps.com, in the third and final round of state play-ins.
St. Thomas (15-5) scored nine unanswered goals from late in the first quarter through the end of the third.
"They stayed within the framework of the offense and the opportunities were there," Crowley said.
Junior Dylan Lagamo led St. Thomas with five goals. Delaware recruit R.J. Curtin added three more and coach's son Kevin Crowley scored twice.
The Raiders jumped on the Explorers early, scoring the first four goals. Revin Koss, a Johns Hopkins recruit, was instrumental in the strong start, assisting two of the goals and scoring one.
Columbus (16-5) responded with a pair of goals from Michael Bulnes, but it could not withstand the 9-0 run that would ensue.
The Raiders, who only returned four starters from last season, are dangerous now that they're healthy. They lost their one regular season meeting with Barron Collier in a game where Lagamo and Curtin were both out.
• Girls' second round state play-in — St. Thomas 14, Palmer Trinity 1:
The St. Thomas girls handled Palmer Trinity to advance to the third round of state play-ins where they will face Naples Barron Collier.
Jenna Tolzmann and Maryann Skubal each scored three goals. Tolzmann also led her team with eight groundballs. Ali Beekhiuzen had two goals had two goals and two assists.
The Raiders (15-4) won 16 of 17 draws and scored in transition often to advance to the same round they were eliminated in last season.
"I hope that we're prepared for the tougher defense," St. Thomas coach Sarah Paul-Hus said. "I think that we have a good shot for sure. We're ready."
Palmer Trinity finished its season with an 11-3 record. It was a successful year for the Falcons, but they were yet to face a team as skilled, fast and physical as St. Thomas.
Their lone goal was scored by Monica Reinhard with 7:28 remaining.