The Division I Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- Once again,
the Seattle Times People’s Choice Game of the Week was a lacrosse
game for the third straight week, which prompted the announce to state
that us lacrosse people are just too much and there will be no lacrosse
game to vote on next week. What
kind of junk is that? Check out the video!
- In case you missed it, the Seattle Times
also posted an article discussing the impending WIAA vote on whether or
not to sanction our great sport. Check out the Blog.
- The Wolverines did
it! For the first time in nearly
20 years, Bellevue
defeated Bainbridge and had to hold on tight to do so. Bellevue
led 8-3 before the Spartans mounted a comeback to cut the lead to one
with 50 seconds to play. A costly
procedure call on the ensuing face-off gave the ball to Bellevue and the Wolverines were able
to hold on.
- Northshore established
itself as a playoff team this week with two big wins by identical 12-7
scores. The bigger of the two came
in a cross-conference victory over Curtis. This sends a strong message that come
playoff time higher seeds from the Southwest may not be able to find
comfort in hosting a lower seeded team from the Northeast.
- Maybe the biggest story
of the week came from Maple
Valley because of
the multiple story lines involved.
First, Lakeside senior, Sten
Jernudd made his long awaited 2010 debut returning from an injury and he
did not disappoint. The burly
midfielder scored 6 goals and dished 2 assists. Jernudd’s return also freed up fellow
midfielder Hector Rhodes to do his thing and Rhodes
posted 5 points. 13 points from
the duo is what we had been expecting to be the norm. So, the Lions won easily right? Wrong!
In even bigger news, Tahoma had a 6 goal scorer of its own in
senior attackman, Josh Horne and the Bears pulled out their first win of
the season in an epic 15-14 overtime thriller!
- Standout Stats:
- Tahoma Bears – Brody
Lundquist 2g,5a,13gb, Desmond Decker 1g,1a,12gb, Justin Hanson 14 saves –
all in effort to earn win #1 on the year!
- Wisman Brothers,
Northshore – Taylor’s
week: 6g,6a,23gb AND Foster’s week: 6g,3a,18gb – all in two big victories
over Mukilteo and Curtis
- Kevin Park, JR, Stadium –
The defenseman recorded a goal and 17 groundballs in a win over Eastside
- Best match-ups of the
- 4/19 Northshore @ Bainbridge – The Wisman
boys knocked off Curtis but they have never beaten the mighty Spartans!
- 4/21 Skyline @ Curtis – Like Northshore, the
other Spartans are trying to position themselves as a solid playoff team
while the Vikings are looking to rebound.
- 4/23 Issaquah @ Bainbridge – This has been
one of the top 4 rivalry games for the past 3-4 years!
The D2 Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- An exciting week of
surprises in Division II! Stanwood
was an after thought… didn’t even have it listed as a game to watch. After all, Lynnwood
disposed of San Juan easy enough early in
the season and Stanwood had lost to San
Somebody forgot to tell the Spartans that they weren’t “supposed
to beat the Tigers! Oddly enough,
they did so without shutting down any of Lynnwood’s big 3. Gurgus, Knowles and Tindall each
registered at least 3 points, but the Tigers got only one other
contribution, an assist from Devan Hardwick and Stanwood pulled out the
hard fought 10-9 victory.
- On the heels of the
Spartan’s upset, San Juan followed by
blasting Providence. Just last week we were all talking
about the Cascade Conference as being the strongest, but slow down! It appears the Skagit
will definitely have a say in things over the last half of the season
which should make for an exciting stretch run and jockeying for playoff
- Wenatchee changed the phrase “might be
a contender” to “is a contender” by posting two solid wins over teams at
the top of the Metro Conference.
The boys from the other side of the Mountains showed that someone
might be traveling to them come playoff time as they remain one of now
only two unbeaten teams (Lake Washington
is the other).
- Heading into this week, Liberty had
struggled to say the least, scoring just 4 goals in 5 losses and being
shutout twice. This week the
Patriots scored 15 goals in earning the program’s first ever victory, a
7-6 defeat of Mt. Si and falling just short to South
Kitsap, 8-7 in overtime!
Congratulations to first year club on a much deserved first
- Standout Stats
- Jesse Aldapa, SR,
Stanwood – The midfielder scored 4 goals and gathered 13 groundballs in
helping hand Lynnwood
its first defeat
- Ryan Guard, SR, San Juan - 7
goals and 2 assists in helping flatten Providence.
- Nico Shewey, SO, Redmond
– This one is a week late but we had to include it since we failed to
mention last week. The sophomore
goaltender recorded 18 saves in a tough 6-2 loss to rival Lake Washington, but the more impressive stat is
that he scored one of the Mustangs two goals!
- Best match-ups of the
- 4/20 Stanwood @ Snohomish
– Last week Stanwood wasn’t even on our radar. Now this is one of the bigger games of
- 4/23 Blanchet @ Garfield
– Big Metro match up as Garfield
looks to stay in the race for first.
- 4/23 Silver Lake
@ North County – Another team will get a
season first win! Always good to
have teams lose the goose egg from the win column!
- 4/24 San Juan @ Snohomish
– San Juan’s win over Providence prompted Providence to say that San Juan might be the best team they have
Lacrosse The Country…
Thanks to the few of you that sent us notes to
help set us straight. Last week we
incorrectly listed Oberlin and SUNY-Geneseo as NCAA Division II schools when in
fact, both school are NCAA Division III institutions.
- In other NCAA Division III news, Northshore’s
Taylor Wisman has committed to take his game to RIT in upstate New York next
- WHSBLA alumns and former teammates faced off this
week when Fairfield
battled Air Force. A trio of former
Bainbridge boys met up and Sam Snow’s Stags got the better of the
Gilbreath brothers and Falcons in low scoring 4-3 decision. Snow registered a goal in the victory.
- Drew Snider (Garfield)
and Greg Mahony (Mercer Island)
each posted goals this weekend to help Maryland and Yale to victories this
weekend. Lax.com has several pics
of each. (Click on their names to
check them out)
Lacrosse Four Thought…
What is the best developing
storyline in the league this season?
Which program has the best
uniforms in the WHSBLA?
When will Spokane area teams join
How legitimate/accurate do you
think the stats are that are being posted this season for some players
(especially assists and saves)?
In response to one “Why don’t more teams head out of state
during Spring Break?”
- “With many teams in our state still
consisting of multiple school districts, this results in having multiple
spring break weeks. Vast
majority of teams in the state still have trouble filling their roster
with depth due to cost, let alone the added cost of airfare, hotel, ground
transportation, and food.” – Anonymous
“Planning a team trip or something along those lines is a
great way to encourage spring break continuity, but unfortunately many
coaches' work schedules don't allow for this kind of time off.” – Dan Aas
We’ll give a shot to the best emails of the week and include your
comments/quotes/etc in next week’s Sunday Stroll.
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