May 8, 2011
The Division I Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- Mercer Island made a huge statement as to
who is number one in the league right now by simply crushing Bainbridge
in the Island War. Almost everything
Mercer shot in the first quarter went in and before all the fans had even
arrived the game was 10-0. The
18-3 final marks the first time Bainbridge has given up 18 goals since
2005 when they lost a much closer 18-11 contest to Mercer Island. Fans are still trying to determine
which is more shocking, the most recent drubbing or the 13-0 shutout a
- Issaquah clinched the #2
seed in the Northeast by holding off Bellevue in a low scoring, 6-2
affair. Unlike Mercer Island’s
barrage vs Bainbridge, Issaquah could get
almost nothing to find the net in the first half despite dominating time
of possession and heavily outshooting the Wolverines. Bellevue made a run to tie the game in
the third quarter before Issaquah was able to pull away late.
- A big week for Curtis;
the Vikings appear to be turning the corner at just the right time. They essentially clinched a first round
bye and at least the #2 seed in the Southwest if Bainbridge can knock off
Tacoma. They can still earn the #1
seed but only if Bainbridge falls twice in their last three games
(Tacoma, Seattle Prep and Puyallup).
They started the week with a 5 goal performance from Carson
Stewart to knock off the previous conference unbeaten, Tacoma squad. On Saturday they hosted King’s Way and
got 5 spots from four different players to knock off the Knights. The 5 point performances came from
Colby Carr (4g,1a), Brandon Dean (5g), Quinn
Moody (5a) and Carson Stewart (5g).
- Lake Washington vaulted themselves right back into the playoff picture with a
mild upset win over Eastside Catholic.
The Bernstein boys were simply too much for the Crusaders too
handle as the brother has a hand in 15 of the Kangs
- Despite the loss to LW,
Eastside Catholic rebounded with a win over Eastlake to clinch a playoff
berth as they now hold wins over Eastlake, Northshore
and Skyline. Congratulations to
the Crusaders on earning a playoff spot in only their second year at the
Division I level!
- Stadium and Tahoma each
won a pair of games to keep both in the playoff mix in the
Barring some absolute craziness, Mercer Island
is #1, Issaquah is #2 and Bellevue is #3
Eastside Catholic should be #4 assuming they
Again, assuming no crazy upsets of the top three
teams the Skyline @ Lake Washington game on Monday and the Eastlake @ Northshore game on Wednesday will determine the final two
spots. Here are the scenarios:
Skyline wins, Northshore wins
– Skyline #5, Northshore #6
Skyline wins, Eastlake wins – Eastlake #5, Skyline #6
LW wins, Northshore wins – Northshore #5, LW #6
LW wins, Eastlake wins – LW #5, Eastlake #6
Despite their recent struggles Bainbridge should
claim the top spot here, but if Tacoma can pull an upset there could be a
three-way scenario with Bainbridge, Tacoma and Curtis that would need sorting
Assuming Bainbridge beats Tacoma,
Curtis is #2 having only lost to Bainbridge.
If Tacoma loses to Bainbridge and beats Lakeside
and Seattle Prep they are #3
King’s Way is #4 at best having lost to the top
three. However Tahoma still has a shot
at #4 as well. If Tahoma can win on
Tuesday (Vashon) and Thursday (Puyallup) it would set up a Saturday night
showdown between the Bears and King’s Way for the #4 spot. The loser would then be #5
Seattle Prep is mathematically still alive, but
the Panthers would need to upset both Bainbridge and Tacoma to get to 5-5 as
any 4-6 scenario has them out having already lost to Stadium and Lake Tapps.
Assuming Seattle Prep loses at least one of
their two remaining, Wednesday’s game between Lake Tapps
and Stadium will decide the #6 spot.
- Standout Stats:
- Jake Bernstein, SR, and
Cody Bernstein, JR, Lake Washington – The brothers each had an assist
while scoring 6 and 7 goals respectively to lead the Kangaroos to a huge
win over Eastside Catholic. The
dynamic pair has had a hand in 95 of the 140 goals Lake Washington has scored
- Carson Stewart, JR,
Curtis – The attackman picked a great time to
step up. Stewart had back-to-back
5 goal games this week. Most
impressive is that neither came in a blowout win; instead they both came
in hotly contested conference games against the teams closest to them in
the standings (Tacoma and King’s Way).
- Austin Boyd, JR, Bellevue
– Despite the loss, the goaltender kept Bellevue in the game with a
season-high 16 saves against Issaquah.
- Doug Mahony,
SR, Mercer Island – Mahony’s have always scored
plenty of goals for Mercer Island and Doug is no different, but this week
Doug recorded his first career sock trick. And he did so against the ultimate
prime time opponent in Bainbridge registering 6 goals and 1 assist in the
big win over the Spartans.
- Best match-ups of the
- 5/9 Skyline @ Lake Washington –Kangs capture a playoff berth in their first year in
Division I or Skyline makes it 4 straight playoff appearances?
- 5/11 Eastlake @ Northsore
– Wolves magical 2nd half of the season could end in a playoff
berth if they can contain Foster Wisman.
- 5/11 Stadium @ Lake Tapps – Can Titans go from 0-14 to the playoffs?
The D2 Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- Woodinville held off
Snohomish once again to remain unbeaten.
Now appears we will most likely start the Division II playoffs
with three teams unbeaten in league (Woodinville, Sammamish and
- North Kitsap’s
4-2 victory over Port Angeles has created a super interesting situation
in the Olympic conference. Due to
early season scheduling conflicts, these two teams moved one of their
games creating a situation where they will play twice in a week. North Kitsap now holds a one game lead
and if they can defeat Port Angles again this Tuesday they will capture
their first ever playoff berth.
However, if Port Angeles can pull it out, the two teams would be
tied and forced to turn right around and play it off on Thursday. So, there is potential they could play
3 times in 10 days!
- Skagit Valley’s big overtime
win over Stanwood put them in position to win the Skagit #1 seed by
beating Everett on Tuesday. A win
guarantees the Flyers the #1 seed because they hold the tie-break in
head-to-head goal differential over Whatcom.
- Whatcom and North County
are in a similar situation to North Kitsap and Port Angeles. If Whatcom wins, they are in. If North County wins, the two squads
must play it off on Thursday for the #2 seed out of the Skagit.
- Garfield tuned up for the
playoffs by beating Blanchet handily and demonstrated that they are in
fact the class of the Metro Conference.
A trio of Bulldogs (Carl Barnes, Jackson Lanning and Nico Van der Muelen) each scored 4 goals while Reid Kenney posted
6 assists in leading Garfield to the 16-4 win.
Klahowya is #1 and
will host Cascade #2 (Providence or Snohomish) in the 1st Round
Gig Harbor is #2 and will travel to Wenatchee in
the 1st Round
North Kitsap or Port Angles will be #3 as before
mentioned and must travel to Skagit #1 (most likely Skagit Valley)
Sammamish is #1 and will host Three Rivers in
the 1st Round
Highline is #2 and will host whomever surfaces
as #2 from the Skagit (should be Whatcom or North County)
Redmond is #3 and must travel to Blanchet for an
all green and gold match-up in round one
Garfield is #1 and will host Cascade #3
(providence or Snohomish) in 1st Round
Blanchet #2 and will host Redmond in the 1st
The third spot looks to be Roosevelt’s but
Nathan Hale is still alive. Hale needs
Roosevelt to either lose both of their remaining games or they need to beat
Blanchet and hope Roosevelt still loses one.
Either of those scenarios create a tie and force Roosevelt and Nathan
Hale to play it off.
Wenatchee is #1 and will host Gig Harbor in the
Three Rivers is #2 and will travel to Sammamish
Woodinville is #1 and will host Metro #3
(Roosevelt or Nathan Hale) in the 1st Round
Snohomish must beat Providence by 8 or more to
earn Cascade #2. Otherwise, Providence
will travel to Klahowya.
#3 will travel to Garfield
Skagit Valley in line to finish #1 and host the
North Kitsap/Port Angles winner
#2 is most likely the North County or
Whatcom. Whomever surfaces must travel
- Standout Stats
- Ryan Morris, SR,
Providence – The midfielder scored 6 goals, dished 2 assists and gobbled
17 groundballs in leading the Highlanders to an impressive, shutout
victory over Whatcom. He followed
that with a 4 goal, 2 assist, 10 groundball afternoon in a win over
Salminen, SO, North County – The midfielder
scored 9 goals, including a career best 6 goals against Everett, in
helping the Cavaliers keep their playoff hopes alive with two wins this
- Best match-ups of the
- 5/10 Whatcom @ North
County – A Whatcom win simplifies the playoff situation. Cavaliers prefer to muck it up and make
- 5/10 Port Angles @ North
Kitsap – Can NK do it again and stay away from a tie-break game?
- 5/13 and 5/14 – WHSBLA DIVISION II PLAYOFFS BEGIN
Lacrosse The Country…
Sam Snow (Bainbridge) scored a big goal in
helping Fairfield upset Loyola in the ECAC semifinals. Snow scored again in the final, but the Stags
fell to Denver to conclude their season.
NCAA Tournament Fields will be announced Sunday
evening (May 8th). Several WHSBLA alumns
will be participating in the NCAA
Division I and NCAA Division III tourneys including Drew Snider (Garfield)
and Landon Carr (Curtis) for Maryland, Taylor Wisman
(Northshore) for RIT, and Zach Steedman
(Puyallup) for Colorado College.
Several WHSBLA alumns
will be also be taking part in this year’s MCLA Tournament. Seedings are to be announced
late Sunday as well and the brackets can be found here.
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Which conference will have the
most exciting finish?
What are your predictions for the
soon to be announced Division I All-State and Division II All-Conference teams?
Will the Stealth
repeat as NLL champions?
Would you be in favor of a WHBSLA
final four weekend where all semifinal games were
played at one location?
o “How about
another young player from Wenatchee, Connor Christensen (soph)
with 11 goals and 11 assists in 3 games last week. His totals are 32 goals and
17 assists on the year, putting him 10th in PPG.” – Dylan Hummel
We’ll give a shot to the best emails of the week and include your
comments/quotes/etc in next week’s Sunday Stroll.
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