apologize for the delay… and hope that like us you weren’t caught in that crazy
I-90 traffic as you returned home from your Memorial Day activities! And we hope that whatever you did, you took
some time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day. If you have never seen or heard the story of
Army lacrosse player John Fernandez, we encourage you to take a look
The Division I Stroll…
- Mercer Island needed
only one of their Shields to turn away Vashon. The Islanders absolutely hammered the
Vultures to the tune of 18-0.
vu all over again… same teams, same field, even the same refs! And yes, the same result, as Issaqauh eliminated Skyline 13-5.
tuned up for a run at the title with a dismantling of one Wisman down Northshore squad…21-4.
game of the quarterfianls came down at Curtis High School. Taylor Dean broke a 7-7 tie in the 4th
and added one for insurance as the Vikings proved the regular season
victory was no fluke and took down Bellevue,
several top players missed out on Quarterfinal action, including Mercer’s
Daniel Shields, Issaquah’s Riley Goodman and Northshore’s
- SemiFinals, Wednesday, May 27th:
@ Issaquah – Doesn’t get much
bigger then this… last year’s final takes place a round earlier… only
room for one in the final
@ Mercer Island – Islanders are heavy favorite to return to the title
game after an ’08 absence
The D2 Stroll…
4 pts (3g,1a) and 4 goals from the Bernstein
brothers (2 each) led the Redmond to a 9-1
win over Tacoma.
Catholic silenced all those upset minded folks picking Stadium as the Crusaders
raced to an 11-1 halftime lead and never looked back. Freshman, Max Saffle
went for 6 goals and 1 assist to lead the charge.
- Brock Beall’s 5 goals, 1 assist and Parker Dotsey’s 2 goal, 2 assist and 14 groundball
performance carried King’s Way into the semis.
took out preseason favorite Mukilteo the Tweedie-Yates
brothers. Not to be confused with
the Looney Tunes character, Tweety Bird, Scout and Sky
combined for 8 goals and 1 assist.
- SemiFinals, Wednesday, May 27th:
@ King’s Way – Owls
flying high… can they soar to Vancouver
and back with a ticket to the final?
- Redmond @ Eastside
Catholic – Redmond took last year’s playoff game in a defensive struggle
(2-1). Our money says each team
scores more then 3 goals this time around.
Lacrosse The Country…
sure how you could miss it, but in case you did, Syracuse took down
Cornell in an absolutely stunning finish to capture the NCAA Division I
crown. Down three goals with 4
minutes left, Syracuse came all the way back and tied the game on
remarkable sequence of events inside the last 25 seconds, scoring the game
tying goal with just 4 seconds left.
would then go on to win in Overtime to claim their second consecutive championship.
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Who will make it to the finals?
What do you think accounts for so many lopsided scores in big playoff
games at the high school and college level?
When will the Final Four be held somewhere other then the east coast?
Why did so many key players miss important do or die playoff games?
Fans Sound Off…
“Geoffrey Hersch (#11, Snohomish, Sr.) absolutely got looked
over. He is as fundamentally sound on defense and as good at bringing the
ball up the field as any defenseman in the Evergreen Conference.” – anonymous
“Why aren’t the
first/second/ and HM team’s limited to actual roster spots? I would think each
“team” selection would contain 3 attack, 3 mids, 1 lsm, 3 poles and a goalie. This is how it is done in
College conferences. Why is it not done that way here?” –Chris Bergin
and 2nd Team are in a sense limited to 12 roster spots-3 Att, 4 Mids, 4 Def (includes
LSM) and 1 goal. However, voting is conducted in a rank order point
system. There are 5 second team mids
because the last two tied in votes and points. HM is simply reserved for guys that
coaches feel were close and thus deserving... last year there was only 1
HM at all... this year there just happened to be 2 at each position...
these guys finished just points behind the last 2nd team guy but in some
cases were actually on more ballots.
“I have had questions
for many years and no one seems to have answers for me. What criteria are
used for the High School Lacrosse All American selection process? Is it a
uniform process across the country? Who is responsible for the selection? Is
there a limit as to how many can be chosen each? Is there a “governing body”
for All American? Is it an objective or subjective process (political)?
What is the history of an “All American” athlete? Are All Americans
chosen for every sport?” – Laura Davidheiser
came to the right place… because we’ve got answers! Players must be a first team all league
selection, must have good standing in his school and demonstrate
outstanding sportsmanship on and off the field. The guidelines are
set down by US Lacrosse National Headquarters and HS Area
Representatives - Kris Snider is Washington State's USL rep - make
sure the process is carried out and guidelines are followed. All High School varsity lacrosse coaches
in our league are eligible to vote on the All American
candidates. Each area is allotted a
specific amount based on the quantity of funded varsity teams in
its league. US Lacrosse is the governing body for men’s
and women’s lacrosse in the US and therefore governs the
All American selection process. No
voting process is completely free of subjectivity, but here in Washington we have
a very collaborative and fair group of coaches who recognize the need to
be objective in their voting. The voting takes place in a
coaches meeting so there is lots of open discussion about our
selections. Other sports do have
various All-American selections…such as basketball and the selection of
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