March 20, 2011

Klahowya is the only team in the league yet to take the field as both of their games were postponed due to weather and field conditions.  Most programs have played at least two games so the standings and some early implications of who’s who have begun to take shape.  All standings and statistics links are now live on the our WHSBLA 2011 Season Page.  Furthermore, Sound Lacrosse is at it again and already has some great pictures posted of the early season action!

 

The Division I Stroll…

 

  • Remember last year when Bainbridge got shutout on opening weekend and had many folks talking about how far the Spartans had fallen?  Well, in two games this week Bainbridge put up 51 goals.  Yes, granted the opponents were different, but 51 goals?  Our stats records only go back to 2002 but our guess is that is a record.  That is more goals in 2 games than some teams scored all last season!  So, Bainbridge sits atop the Southwest Conference with a 2-0 league record.  Mercer Island, Issaquah and Bellevue have all rolled to 2-0 league records as well on the Northeast side.

 

  • Congratulations to Lake Washington as they earned a program first Division I victory in beating Lynnwood early in the week, getting 9 goals from the Bernstein brothers.

 

  • Lake Tapps rebounded nicely from an opening loss to Bainbridge by defeating Puyallup in dramatic fashion.  The Titans scored 7 unanswered goals to comeback from a five goal deficit and take a 15-13 win.  The victory was the program’s first in Division I.

 

  • Quite the shootout in Bothell as Northshore and Skyline combined for 31 goals. Foster Wisman lit up the nets 7 times for Northshore but Jack Pruitt’s 8 points was one better and led Skyline to the 16-15 victory.

 

  • Seattle Prep and Stadium provided some mild early season surprises.  Prep held on to beat Puyallup, a team they lost to by 10 a year ago.  Hat tricks from Keith Souza and Cassidy Miller led the Panthers in blue over the Panthers in black.  This should be a confidence building win and a key victory in the playoff race.  Stadium’s defeat of Lakeside, to the tune of 10-1, fits in that same category.  More impressive for the Tigers is that they did so with eight different goal scorers.

 

  • Rumor has it that Washington will have five (5) All-Americans this season.

 

  • Early Season Playoff Predictions:                             

SOUTHWEST

NORTHEAST

1

Bainbridge

1

Mercer Island

2

Tacoma

2

Issaquah

3

Curtis

3

Bellevue

4

King’s Way

4

Lake Washington

5

Stadium

5

Skyline

6

Seattle Prep

6

Eastlake

 

  • Standout Stat Lines:
    • Kevin Powers, SR, Issaquah – How’s this for a double-double? Powers had 10 goals and 10 groundballs in a rout of Mukilteo.
    • Kevin Parks, SR, Stadium – The senior defenseman opened his season with 12 groundballs in helping the Tigers tame the Lions.
    • Max Jones, JR, Tacoma – The junior attackman posted back-to-back 8 point games including a 7 goal performance against Northshore.

 

  • Best match-ups of the upcoming week:
    • 3/22  Skyline @ Overlake – Important one for the Owls having already dropped one to Northshore and knowing Skyline just beat Northshore themselves.
    • 3/24  Lake Washington @ NorthshoreKangs almost stole one last year in a non-league contest, but this year the game counts towards the playoffs.
    • 3/26  Centennial (Nevada) vs Issaquah – Game will be played at Mercer Island as part of the Northwest Invitational. 
    • 3/27  O.E.S. vs Bainbridge – Perennial Oregon powerhouse takes on perennial Washington powrerhouse.
    • 3/27  Lincoln @ Mercer Island – Defending Oregon State Champs take on the N.W.I. hosts to conclude this year’s invitational.

 

The D2 Stroll…

  • Snohomish and Sammamish look to be early front runners in Division II as both have jumped out to 2-0 league records by thumping a pair of opponents.
  • A couple more program firsts in Division II.  The one new team to the league this season, Ballard earned their first ever victory in just their first game!  Though it took a bit longer, Mt. Si, now in their second year, earned their first ever program victory as well.
  • Looks like it could be a rebuilding year for San Juan as the Dragons dropped their first two.  Might be a tough road back to the playoffs.
  • Woodinville showed they plan to fly a bit higher this season with a surprisingly one sided victory over Providence and a drubbing of North County.
  • Three Rivers may have validated the league’s decision to give the Eastern Conference a second playoff berth this year as they opened with victories over Blanchet and Roosevelt, two of the top Metro teams from a year ago.  Good to see the game continuing to grow east of the mountains!
  • March Madness makes everyone crave a good bracket.  VCU, Butler, Richmond and others blew up most of our brackets so time to move on to the lacrosse versions.   Here are our early predictions for first round playoff match-ups. 

 

bracket

 

  • Standout Stat Lines:
    • Griffin Van Baush, SO, Skagit Valley – The midfielder scored 4 goals and dished 4 assists as the Flyers split their games this week.  But, the eye-popping stat is the 33 groundballs he collected those two games, including 19 in a win over North County!
    • Wellner brothers, JRs, Three Rivers – The sibling attackmen scored 9 goals, 5 for Austin and 4 for Trent, in sparking to Three Rivers to an early season eye-opening win over Roosevelt.  Each had two assists to boot.

 

  • Best match-ups of the upcoming week:
    • 3/23  Roosevelt @ Nathan Hale – Important early season match-up in the race for the Metro
    • 3/25  Garfield @ Three Rivers – Can Three Rivers continue its success over the Metro for the second consecutive weekend?
    • 3/26  Blanchet @ Lakeside – Braves ready to show they can knock off a Division I opponent 

 

Lacrosse The Country…

It used to be a rare occurrence to see WHSBLA alumns square off in the NCAA ranks, but with so many Washington folks filling rosters these days it actually occurred four times this week alone in the following games:

·         Cornell (Shane O’Neill, Seattle Prep and Sten Jernudd, Lakeside) beat Yale (Greg Mahony, Mercer Island).  Mahony netted a hat-trick in the loss.

  • Fairfield (Sam Snow, Bainbridge) beat Vermont (Hap Giraud, Mercer Island).
  • St. Andrew’s (host of WHSBLA alumns we have mentioned before) beat Lenoir Rhyne (Bryce Busey, Stadium).  Daniel Shields registered a pair of sock tricks if you will.  The former Mercer Island attackman scored 6 goals while dishing 6 assists as well in the victory!
  • Geneseo State (Jon Wetack, Mercer Island) beat St. Lawrence (Caldwell Rohrbach, Garfield and Dave Schoettler, Seattle Prep).  Wettack had an assist in the win.

 

Lacrosse Four Thought…

How would you fill out your Division II playoff bracket?

What do you think about the potential that Washington will have five (5) All-Americans this season?

Can any team go unbeaten this season in WHSBLA play?

Where are this year’s senior standouts headed to play their college ball?

 

 

Parting Shots…

  •  “For the last two years one of the 1st things I do every Monday morning when I got to the office was check out the website and read what was on the Sunday Stroll.  I guess its true some habits are hard to break, as I still do it every Monday, and I have been waiting since January to start reading it again.  Even more so now that I am no longer in the state, and want to see what’s happening in the world of Washington Lacrosse…and who I may be missing in the recruiting racquet.”   -Chris Sherman, Assistant Coach, St. Andrews Presbyterian College

                                                                                                                                                                                     

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