May 29, 2011

 

Lacrosse junkies on overload this past Saturday… Memorial Day weekend has long been the lacrosse enthusiast’s mecca as the home of the NCAA championships.  With the WHSBLA championships taking place the same weekend this season it made it impossible to follow all that was going on.  Thank goodness for DVR, On-Demand, smart phones and everything else technology is capable of these days!

 

The Division I Stroll…

 

 

 

The D2 Stroll…

 

 

 

Lacrosse The Country…

 

Maryland got a goal from Drew Snider (Garfield) and some inspired defensive play from Landon Carr (Curtis) in their 9-4 win over Duke to advance to Monday’s NCAA Division I championship game! 

Greg Mahony (Mercer Island) was named 2nd team All-Ivy League in addition to garnering some team awards for Yale.

 

Lacrosse Four Thought…

Which programs will be on the move in 2012 (reassigned to Division I or Division II respectively)?

Who is on your 2012 Preseason Players to Watch list?

What are your early predictions for 2012 state champions? 

Will 2012 be the year a team outside of the big four (Mercer, Bainbridge, Bellevue, Issaquah) can crack the semifinals?

 

Parting Shots…

 

No great quotes for you to end the season so we’ll just leave you with some additional thoughts of our own to ponder over the off-season.  As always, it has been another great season and it always goes by way to fast.  Great to see the league continuing to grow and players advancing to make waves on the college scene. 

 

An early look at 2012 shows it could be Bellevue back on top.  The Wolverines return all but two players (neither a starter) from a team that showed well despite their youth.  Further, they played much of the season without one of their top attackman as Blake Samuel spent most of the year of injured reserve. 

 

Plenty of great talent still left in Division I as 14 underclassmen fill the All-State selections.  May always be some talent moving in from the ranks of Division II as well just as the Jake Bernstein went from DII in 2010 to All-American in 2011. 

 

Bainbridge graduates 13 seniors and returns just 5 players (Knotsman, Ashton, Ingrasci, Gargus and Yarbrough) that saw any action in the final.  So, 2012 could be the year for the continually improving King’s Way or Tacoma to finally knock of the Spartans.  Mercer graduates their own dozen, 11 of which saw action in the final and their own 5 that saw action in the final (Bernal, Reisman, Robbs, Stickney and Tsang).  As everyone knows though, Bainbridge and Mercer are the powerhouse programs and have always modeled an ability to reload so until someone knocks them off you have to put them at the top. 

 

The KingCo conference continues to grow in the lacrosse ranks as evident by the growth and success of the Woodinville and Sammamish programs.

 

New programs may be surfacing at Monroe and Edmonds-Woodway while the JV program at Shoreline should be joining the Varsity ranks in 2012.  We look forward to sorting it all out over the next 9 months! 

 

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