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
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.
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
- 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
- 3/22 Skyline @ Overlake – Important
one for the Owls having already dropped one to Northshore
and knowing Skyline just beat Northshore
- 3/24 Lake Washington @ Northshore – Kangs 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
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.
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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
State (Jon Wetack,
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?
- “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.
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