The Varsity News has released
Episode 34. This week’s show contains
highlights of Bellevue, Seattle Prep, Lakeside and Eastside Catholic!
The Division I Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the week
- Overlake was certainly one of the biggest
winners of the week in terms of winning important games towards making
the playoffs. First the Owls took
a 15-10 decision over Lakeside before pulling out a one goal win over a
much improved Eastlake squad. A
shout out to Overlake’s defense for holding Lakeside’s Sten Jernudd
without a point! Now sitting at 7-3, Overlake assured themselves of a
.500 season and with two games left against sub .500 teams are in great
position to clinch a playoff spot.
The losses definitely hurt Lakeside and Eastlake’s chances. Eastlake would need to win out and get
help and one of their remaining games is against Mercer Island. The Lions chances are better and they
control their own fate with one of their remaining four games against the
team that sits just above them, Northshore.
- Skyline made an
impressive showing despite a 12-8 loss to Mercer. The Spartans led 5-4 at halftime after
a super hot start, but couldn’t maintain it for 48 minutes. At 7-3, they sit tied with Overlake for
4th place and still face the Owls. However, Overlake has a much more
favorable remaining schedule while Skyline must contend with the likes of
Bainbridge and Issaquah.
- King’s Way’s first season
in Division I continues to sparkle.
The Knights rebounded from a tough OT loss last week to beat the
Curtis Vikings, 14-11 behind four goals from Jordan Goodspeed. The win puts them in excellent position
to earn a first round bye in the playoffs and if they can handle Puyallup
and Overlake in the next two weeks they can actually win the
conference. Now, who would have
predicted that back in February!
- Stadium was big winner #2
this week (after Overlake) for their win over Seattle Prep. The win gives the Tigers an essential
two game lead over Prep as they now hold the tie-break. They also have very winnable games left
on their schedule in Lake Tapps and Vashon and it looks like 5 wins would
get them into the playoffs.
- Standout Stats:
- Parker Dotsey, SR, King’s
Way – 3g,2a and 13 groundballs for the midfielder in the Knights biggest
win of the year so far, over Curtis.
- Devon Schmidt, SR,
Overlake – The diminutive attackman/midfielder tallied 8 goals, 2 assists
and 11 groundballs in the 15-10 win over Lakeside.
- Dillon Cavanaugh,JR,
Curtis – 3 goals vs Lake Tapps… doesn’t stand out that much until you
realize that he finally broke the ice!
Cavanaugh has over 20 points this season but all had been assists until he finally scored against
- Best match-ups of the
- 5/4 Bainbridge @ Skyline – Battle of the
Spartans! The Green has never
beaten the Blue. Got a feeling
this could be a real good one!
- 5/6 Stadium @ Tacoma – Winner will sit in
the driver’s seat in cruise control for a playoff spot.
- 5/7 Issaquah @ Bellevue – Wolverines
looking to keep pace for 1st place. Issaquah looking to take hold of 2nd
place and kick Bellevue to third.
- 5/8 Overlake @ Skyline – Winner takes charge
of 4th place in the Northeast.
- 5/8 King’s Way @ Puyallup
– Knight’s next big hurdle to clinching top spot in the Southwest.
The D2 Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- Providence 11, Lynnwood
9. A slugfest up in Lynnwood as
the Highlanders held off the Tigers.
The outcome leads us to three conclusions: 1) Providence is not a
club any higher seed wants to face in the playoffs, 2) the Tigers are
still a top team, but can definitely be beaten and are no longer a
favorite to win it all, 3) the Cascade Conference is the toughest
conference in Division II.
Snohomish still sits on top of the conference, but since Lynnwood
has already beaten the Panthers this year the Tigers can still actually
claim the top spot with a second win over them.
- Roosevelt fell from the
top of the Metro with two one goal losses this week. First, the Garfield Bulldogs took a 9-8
decision, an impressive win when you consider the Bulldogs dropped the
first match-up early season to the Roughriders 13-4. Then, Blanchet jumped on the
opportunity to rise to the top by handing Roosevelt a 6-5 loss. The Braves now control their own
destiny while Roosevelt hopes Garfield can knock them off and force a tie
- San Juan and Wenatchee
each won two games this week.
Wenatchee’s wins clinched the Eastern Conference title and a home
playoff game. San Juan also
wrapped up the top spot in the Skagit in defeating Stanwood for a second
time this season. They now hold
the tie-break and what amounts to a two game lead, so regardless of the
outcomes in their final two games they win the Skagit and a home playoff
game in the first round. True
signs that our league is growing: soon to be playoff games in Wenatchee
and San Juan!
As we roll into the final week of the Division
II regular season 15 of the 16 playoff spots have already been clinched and
little is left to be decided in terms of seeding. In case you are wondering, the Division II
regular season ends a week earlier then Division I as Division II playoffs
needed to start earlier and on a weekend due to the long travel that will
occur with certain match ups. Here is the Conference breakdown in terms of
what has been clinched and yet to be decided:
CASCADE: Snohomish, Lynnwood and Providence have
all clinched. If Lynnwood wins out
(includes beating Snohomish) then Tigers finish #1, Panthers #2.
SKAGIT: San Juan #1, Stanwood #2, Whatcom #3 –
nothing left to decide
EASTERN: Wenatchee will represent the East in
the playoffs, still has shot at an unbeaten record as well
Blanchet, Roosevelt and Garfield have all clinched but order is still to
be decided. There is still a scenario in
which they could end in a 3-way tie, but since that involves Franklin upsetting
Blanchet it is highly unlikely. However,
If Garfield can upset Blanchet and Roosevelt can win out, the Braves and
Roughriders would be tied for first and since each defeated the other by one,
it would go to tie-break #3, overall least goals allowed. Currently Blanchet has a slight edge (51)
over Roosevelt (53).
EVERGREEN: Sammamish must beat Lake Washington
by four or more this week to claim top spot. Otherwise Kangs keep the #1
seed. Redmond is #3.
OLYMPIC: Klahowya is #1. Port Angeles is #2. North Kitsap is still mathematically alive to
challenge Gig Harbor for #3.
If the playoffs started today:
- Standout Stats
- Jake and Cody Bernstein,
Lake Washington – The brothers scored 5 and 6 goals respectively to prove
they can hang with the big boys in a non-league overtime loss to
- Caleb Moisant, FR,
Providence – Just a FRESHMAN, the midfielder scored a season high 5 goals
to spark the 11-9 upset of Lynnwood.
- Jordan Johnson, JR,
Skagit Valley – recorded 16 saves in helping the Flyers to hold San Juan
to their lowest scoring output of the season, just 6 goals against.
- Best match-ups of the
upcoming week (the final week of the regular season in Division II):
- 5/4 Lynnwood @ Snohomish
– Cascade title on the line… this one will definitely be worth watching!
- 5/5 Lake Washington @
Sammamish – Kangs don’t even have to win to win the Evergreen, but you
know they are searching for 13-0!
- 5/6 Garfield @ Blanchet –
Roosevelt just became Bulldog fans!
Lacrosse The Country…
Seeding was announced for the MCLA national club
tournaments that will take place in Denver beginning May 11th. Congratulations to several local products
that will be competing in the tournament representing the following
schools: BYU, Chapman, Colorado St.
Oregon, Cal Poly, Westminster and Western Washington. The Western
Washington roster is loaded with WHSBLA alumni.
O’Neill (Seattle Prep) helped Cornell hold off Princeton with some solid
Rohrbach (Garfield) helped Saint Lawrence get back into the win column with a
season high 3 goal performance vs Hamitlon. David Schoettler (Seattle Prep) also had an
assist in the game.
reporting as we missed telling you that last week, Adam Brazg (Mercer Island) notched his first point of his
college career when the senior defenseman scored
a goal in a win over Pace.
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Who are your candidates for
player of the year in the WHSBLA?
With the success of King’s Way,
when will more teams pop up down south?
Why are the Washington Stealth
going to play at Key Arena
Which of the likely Division II
playoff match-ups (above) are you most excited to see?
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