week’s Varsity News
(Episode #37) includes highlights of the big Bellevue @ Mercer Island game as
well as Curtis @ Issaquah.
The Division I Stroll…
stories from the week that was:
- Best game of the first round was played in
University Place as Curtis held on to overcome a game Overlake squad
7-6. Taylor Dean and Colby Carr
each had hat-tricks and Mitchell Homeyer made 12 saves for the Vikings. Overlake scored with just 4 seconds on
the clock to pull within one but wasn’t enough time left to notch an
equalizer. An interesting end to
Overlake’s successful Division I season as they dropped a chance to
potentially host Tacoma in the first round and instead got sent packing
by the Vikings.
- Northshore proved they belonged in the
playoffs and that their win over Puyallup to get in was no fluke. They took the rematch handily 17-9 to
advance to the quarters.
- No surprises though in
the quarterfinals as no game was decide by less than 9 goals. The top 4 teams are clearly above the
second tier and despite Bainbridge’s supposed “down” year, the Spartans
are right back in the semifinals and playing extremely well. Mercer Island appears the heavy
favorite after destroying Curtis 19-1 and keeping their overall unbeaten
- Taylor Wisman, SR,
Northshore – The All-American’s year came to an end but not due to his
efforts. Taylor recorded 5 goals,
1 assists and 14 groundballs to help Northshore advance to the
quarterfinals with a win over Puyallup.
Against Bellevue, Taylor did his part with 6 goals and 10 more
groundballs but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Wolverines.
- Kevin Powers, JR,
Issaquah – The recently names, second team All-State midfielder (and Team
Sweden member) tallied 5 goals and 1 assist while winning 11 groundballs
to lead Issaquah past Stadium. In
the quarters, he followed with a 3 goal, 2 assist, 11 groundball
performance to help the Eagles fly past the upstart King’s Way Knights, 13-4.
Division I – Final Regular Season Stat Leaders
- 5/26 Issaquah @ Mercer Island – Rematch of
last year’s State Championship… this is a don’t miss game for sure!
- 5/26 Bellevue @ Bainbridge – Wolverines
haven’t been to a final since 1992. Is this their year?
- 5/29 Division I All-State
Game – 2:30pm @ Memorial Stadium
- 5/29 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP – 7:30pm @ Memorial
The D2 Stroll…
stories from the week that was:
- Wenatchee will host a
semifinal match up after defeating the Metro champs, Blanchet! Cameron Hoey scored less than a minute
into the 4th quarter to give Wenatchee a 5-2 advantage and
they held on. Blanchet scored two
goals in the final two minutes, the last with 14 seconds left, but it
wasn’t enough. Wenatchee beat the
braves for the second time this season and will now host Lynnwood in the
- Forest Dayton returned
from injury (he last played April 24th) to lead San Juan past
Roosevelt and into the semis.
Dayton registered 2 goals and 3 assists while Calen Mehrer saved
- Lynnwood advanced after
an 11-7 win over Sammamish. A game
that was deadlocked 6-6 in the third took a huge turn when Sammamish was
called for a 3-minute stick penalty.
The penalty sparked Lynnwood to a 4-0 run, extending to 10-6,
which ultimately proved to be the final margin.
- Lake Washington continued
its run in just its first year as a program. The Kangs are benefitting from the playoff
experience of the Bernstein boys and Michael Ericson, all members of
Redmond’s 2009 Division II semifinal team. The Bernsteins scored 8 of
Lake Washington’s goals in their 10-9 win over Snohomish.
- Jake Bernstein, JR, Lake
Washington – The midfielder dropped 4 goals, dished an assist and scooped
10 groundballs to lead the Kangs past many people’s favorite, Snohomish.
- Thomas Bass, JR,
Wenatchee – 10 saves isn’t unheard of, but in a low scoring, one goal
playoff game, every save is huge and Bass made 10 big ones!
match-ups of the upcoming week:
- 5/26 Lynnwood@ Wenatchee – A DII Semifinal
over the mountains…gotta love it!
- 5/26 San Juan @ Lake Washington – Dragons or
the Kangs? This might be the best
mascot match-up off the year.
- 5/29 Division II All-Conference Game –
1:00pm @ Memorial Stadium
- 5/29 DII STATE CHAMPIONSHIP – 5:00pm @
Lacrosse The Country…
Holmes (Lakeside) earned North Coast Athletic Conference honors for Division III
Alex Jacques (Bainbridge) was named MCLA Division I, Third Team All-American playing in goal
for Colorado St.
Extine (Tahoma) was named MCLA Division II, Third Team All-American playing defense
for Western Washington University.
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Which Division II Quarterfinal
result surprised you the most?
Who was the first player from
Washington to be on the field Memorial Day weekend for an NCAA DI Final Four,
DII Final or DIII Final?
What programs will be throwing victory
parties come Saturday, May 29th?
Where will Mercer Island finish
in the LaxPower West Regional Ratings and the Inside
Lacrosse Under Armour Regional Ratings?
“I think the All-State
selections were bang on. I'm so proud they recognized Brett Menella, who,
except for a broken ankle last year, would have had an amazing two-year run for
Bellevue. It's impossible to argue against Wisman's or Wettack's
selection, but Hap Giraud was deserving of All-American as well. He gets hurt
because his team is so good and the level of competition so....uh...not yet
good...that he doesn't get to showcase his talent. That is, few people
make it past MI's defense to attempt a shot on Hap, so people don't understand
how good he is.” – Patrick Boyd
“When Tacoma last faced Skyline in '07, Skyline was D1
while Tacoma was still in D2. The 11-9 loss to Skyline was one of two
losses for that Tacoma squad all year (the other being to D1 Curtis).” – Jimmy
“The Cascade Conference is loaded with talented middies,
so I guess someone great has to be left off the list. Oliver Thomas from
Providence is 5th in the state in assists, 6th in the
state in ground balls, and 12th in the state in PPG (more than 6
games). He would be the first or second best middie in any other
conference. Admittedly, stats don’t say it all but I would argue that
Oliver Thomas adds even more to his team than his stats demonstrate.” – Nathan
“San Juan midfielder Forest Dayton suffered a shoulder
injury in the beginning of the 4th quarter of their game against Snohomish.
He has had an amazing career for the Dragons as their leading scorer
since his freshman year. The team has looked within itself during his
absence and everyone has found a way to contribute. Forest will likely be
back to face Roosevelt this weekend. He is a tough kid and we will
welcome him back with open arms.” – Rob Cuomo
“Sam Chapman Jr. Defenseman from Sammamish got
snubbed. Sam was a dominant force and leader of a defense that allowed
only 43 goals in 13 games this year. His 75 gb’s ranked 3rd in
the conference while marking the top player in each contest. With all due
respect to the Evergreen team (including very good defenseman in Bowman,
Clement, Ericson, and Bomberry), there is no better shut down defenseman in the
Evergreen than Sam Chapman.” - DII guy
“It seems a little odd to me that Providence did
not get at least one defender on the all-conference team. After all, they
have the least number of goals against in the conference, which would arguably
make them the best defenders in the league. In all the other conferences except
Skagit, the team with the lowest points against got two defenders on the
all-conference list. Luke Morris is did a great job on the field, slowing down
those attackers named all-conference, namely Cameron Girgus, Nick Hund, and JD
Chapman. I think Luke is probably the best defender in the league, and will
only get better.” -Byron Heyward
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