The Division I Stroll…
stories from the week that was:
- No “upsets” in the opening round of the
Division I playoffs as all home teams won. Bellevue smacked Lake Tapps 17-4 while Eastside Catholic knocked off Tahoma
13-10 to hold serve for the Northeast Conference. Higher seeds in the Southwest also held
serve as King’s Way was able to keep the Bernstein’s to 4 goals in 12-8
win over Lake Washington. Tacoma
held off Eastlake 11-10 in the closest match-up of the opening round.
- Mercer Island’s Connor Bernal was amongst
the 122 names selected to the boy’s 2012 U-19 Tryout Pool.
- Bainbridge 14, Eastside Catholic 4 – Crusaders came
away from their opening round game beat up and didn’t have enough to run
with the Spartans. Alex Crane led
Bainbridge with a 5 goal outing to carry the Spartans back to the
Island 15, King’s Way 2 – Many wondered if the Knights could keep pace
with the Islanders again as remember Mercer won the regular season
match-up by just a 7-5 count.
Well, the Islanders had just come off an emotional win over
Bellevue the night before back then.
This time Mercer was fresh and focused and left no doubt.
- Bellevue 8, Curtis 6 – The best of the Quarterfinal
match-ups and the only in which a lower seed pulled an “upset” based on
seeds, though many had the defending state-champions as the
favorite. Drew Douglas broke out
with 5 goals in the first three quarters to pace the Wolverines to an
8-5 lead into the fourth. The
Vikings pitched a shutout in the fourth and got one back but wasn’t
enough to keep Bellevue from heading back to the Semis.
18, Tacoma 5 – Issaquah rounded out the Final Four group with a Saturday
night win. Matt O’Neil found the
net five times while Jake Fritz went 3g, 4a on the night. With Issaquah joining the Final Four
party it marks the 3rd year in a row that these same four
programs have been the last four standing.
- Tyler Preston, SO, King’s
Way – The face-off specialist won 17 groundballs in a big first round,
playoff win over Lake Washington to help the Knights advance to the
Quarterfinals for the 2nd year in a row. In two playoff games, Preston took 43
face-offs and won 34 of them!
- Jake Fritz, SR, Issaquah
– The attackman had a hand in 7 of Issaquah’s
goals, recording 3g,4a in leading Issaquah back into the Semifinals with
a big win over Tacoma.
Match-Ups of the Season:
- 5/25 Bellevue @ Mercer Island –
Islanders been waiting for a chance to end the Wolverine season all year!
- 5/25 Issaquah @ Bainbridge – Same
semifinal match-up as 2009, but this time it is on the island!
- 5/28 Division I All-State Game – 2:30pm @
- 5/28 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP – 7:30pm @ Memorial
The D2 Stroll…
stories from the week that was:
- North County and Highline
began their first round match-up last Friday but due to a light failure
had to suspend play at halftime. Co
the Cavaliers and the Titans finished up on Wednesday this week and North
County prevailed by a 9-6 count to advance to face Woodinville on Friday
19, North County 3 – Falcons got hat tricks from Chapman (5g), Clinch (4g),
Mckee and House to roll into the Semifinals.
9, Providence 7 – Game was tied into the 4th quarter until
the Totems pulled away. Great write-up from the Providence folks.
10, Skagit Valley 6 – The Braves had six different goal scorers
including two apiece from Schmutz, Zielke and Vanderhoef to
knock out the Flyers and advance to their first Division II Final Four.
8, Wenatchee 6 – The Bulldogs enacted revenge on their only Division II
loss of the year having lost to Wenatchee 11-9 back in March. This time Garfield got a hat-trick
from Jackson Lanning and jumped out to a 5-1 halftime lead. Wenatchee scored three times in the final
quarter to close the gap but Garfield rides the two goal win into the
- Jordan Johnson, SR,
Skagit Valley – Yes the Flyers dropped their last game, but wasn’t for
the efforts of their senior netminder. In the final game of his high school
career, Johnson recorded a career high 20 saves in helping Skagit Valley
keep it close before falling to Blanchet in the Quarterfinals.
- Brian Headland, SR,
Sammamish – The attackman has scored a goal in
every game he’s played in this season and routinely scored at least a
hat-trick in each game. In fact he
scored at least 3 goals in 13 of the Totems 16 games. Friday he scored 4 more to lead
Sammamish to a hard fought 9-7 win over Providence that puts the Totems
on the brink of reaching the championship.
Match-Ups of the Season:
- 5/25 Garfield @ Woodinville – 2nd
year Falcons still flying high but hoping to soar even higher.
- 5/25 Blanchet @ Sammamish – Braves or
the Totems? Been excellent seasons
for each, but only one can advance!
- 5/28 Division II All-Conference Game –
12:00p @ Memorial Stadium
- 5/28 DII STATE CHAMPIONSHIP – 5:00pm @
Lacrosse The Country…
WHSBLA Alumni took to the field in the NCAA Division I Quarterfinals this
weekend on the rosters of Maryland (Drew Snider, Landon Carr), Cornell (Shane
O’Neill, Sten Jernudd) and
Denver (Cole Nordstrom). In addition,
our good buddy Jamison Koesterer (formerly of the
Washington Stealth) was on the sidelines coaching Johns Hopkins. Not bad for the state of Washington
representing the West Coast!
Wisman (Northshore) and the
#1 ranked R.I.T. Tigers reached the NCAA Division III Semifinals by defeating
captured the MCLA Division I National Championship by beating Arizona State
on Saturday night. Helping the Cougars
to victory were three more WHSBLA Alumni in Connor Hamilton (Issaquah), Calvin
Wiley (Skyline) and Phil Hamilton (Issaquah).
Mike Gerrard (Issaquah)
was selected as an MCLA Division I, 2nd Team All-America playing
defense for Oregon while Drew Nordstrom (Bellevue) was selected as an Honorable
Mention defensive midfielder playing for Chapman. View the full list of MCLA
Division I All-Americans. Colin Gaddy (Issaquah) was also named an MCLA
Division II Honorable Mention as a midfielder for Western Washington.
missed a WHSBLA Alumn on our MCLA watch list. John Burke (Redmond) also competed in the
MCLA Division II tournament playing for the St. John’s University Johnnies
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Which semifinal (either Division)
do you most want to see?
What programs will be throwing
victory parties come Saturday, May 28th?
Where will Mercer Island finish
in the LaxPower West Regional Ratings
and the Inside Lacrosse Under Armour Regional Ratings?
Instead of a question, here is
simply a thought to ponder… All eight programs that reached the Final Four in
each Division are schools that come from either the KingCo
(Mercer Island, Issaquah, Bellevue, Woodinville, Sammamish, Garfield) or Metro
(Bainbridge, Blanchet) conferences in WIAA aligned sports.
“Woodinville has a good number of players selected to the
All-Conference team. But, quite frankly, I was surprised not to see Colter Clinch (Attack), Tyler Paris (Middie),
or Clemens Mitchell (Defense) on the list. These three would be my
top picks for Woodinville at each position. Unfortunately, Colter got injured halfway through the season so maybe that
is why he is not on the list. When he is healthy, he is one of their best
players.” – Nathan Morris
“Colter Clinch was a definite snub in the DII all conference selections. That kid is
a dominant force on the field and can generate his own offense, not just be the
catch and shoot guy for other players that generate the offense. He was
hurt midway through the season but if you say he did not play enough games he
played more games than Luke Morris who was elected after playing in only 5
games. (No disrespect to Luke, he deserved the spot.)” – Paul Rabil
“I don't understand how only one of the top five players
in the league could come from the top four teams. Both
Bainbridge, Issy, and
arguable Curtis had All-American caliber performers on their squads. Kevin
Powers of Issy was the first midfielder listed on the
list, the other 3 middies who were All-American were all below him, and
rightfully so.” – Sean Forsyth
“According to the All State selections Eastside
Catholic's Nick Landen has to be the coach of the
year. With no talent, the Crusaders scored
268 goals, went 6-4 in conference and won their first playoff game.”-Coach
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