The Division I Stroll…
- Happy Mother’s Day to all…
plenty of boys making their mothers proud this week by clinching playoff
spots and earning some post season accolades!
- A big week for Mercer Island in throttling
Eastside Catholic and then taking apart Lake Tapps
to earn the #1 seed in the Southwest Conference.
- Despite the loss to Mercer, Lake Tapps remained in 2nd place and earned a
first round bye… a remarkable improvement from a year ago. Some have commented that Tapps’ success has been in part to their lower strength
of schedule. There is certainly
some truth to that as having finished 6th in the Southwest a
year ago, Tapps did not have to face Issaquah,
Bellevue, Eastside Catholic or Lake Washington where as the teams that
finished behind them, Bainbridge and King’s Way, had to face all four (and
each lost to three of them). True both
the Spartans and the Knights beat Tapps and finished
with better in-conference records, but Tapps
won the games it had to, including key wins over Mukilteo and Skyline
down the stretch, to earn their spot.
Those fans that find this unjust might also want to note the fact
that Bainbridge will now host Lake Washington in the first round of the
playoffs despite the fact that the Kangs beat
them this year, a fact Lake Washington might find unjust. Yes, some team’s schedules are “stronger”
than others and in the current system this will just be part of life. The bottom line is parity is good for
the league and you have to win the games on your schedule to earn your
- Bainbridge earned the right to host LW by
virtue of their season finale win over King’s Way. In that game, Bainbridge’s Jake Knotsman, recorded 6 points giving him 113 for the
season and breaking the old WHSBLA mark of 108
set by former Bainbridge All-American, David VanderHoek. VanderHoek
completed the feat in 16 league games where as Knotsman
broke the record in 20 games (14 league and 6 non-league) but an
incredible accomplishment nonetheless.
- Eastside Catholic’s loss to Mercer coupled
with Bellevue’s win over Skyline to close the season pushed the
Wolverines back into the 2nd seed and a first round bye.
- The 2012 Division I All-State teams were
announced late Sunday night. You
can view them through the WHSBLA Archive pages or just click here: 2012 All-State Teams
- The 2012 All-Americans were also
announced. Click the link to view
the entire historical list of Washington
- Six All-Americans were selected this season
and they are:
- Attack – Cody Bernstein,
SR, Lake Washington
- Midfield – Connor Bernal,
SR, Mercer Island
- Midfield – Ben Director,
- LSM – Kole Lindor, SR, Issaquah
- Defense – Sam Leggett,
- Goal – Austin Boyd,
Curtis (Southwest #6) @ Eastside Catholic
(Northeast #3) on Tuesday, 5/15
(Southwest #5) @ Mukilteo (Northeast #4) on Tuesday, 5/15
Lake Washington (Northeast #6) @ Bainbridge
(Southwest #3) on Wednesday, 5/16
Skyline (Northeast #5) @ King’s Way (Southwest
#4) on Wednesday, 5/16
Mercer Island: Southwest #1 Seed… will host the Bellarmine Prep/Mukilteo winner on Friday 5/18
Lake Tapps: Southwest
#2 Seed… will host the Curtis/Eastside Catholic winner on Friday 5/18
Bellevue: Northeast #2 Seed… will host Lake
Washington/Bainbridge winner on Friday 5/18
Issaquah: Northeast #1 Seed… will host winner of
Skyline/King’s Way winner on Saturday 5/19
- STANDOUT STAT LINES
- Ben Director, SR, Issaquah
AND Kole Lindor, SR,
Issaquah – The pair had one hell of a night giving the All-American voters
something to think about in this week’s win over Bellarmine
Prep. Ben, a midfielder scored 7
times and dished 5 assists for a career high 12 point night while Lindor corralled a career high 15 groundballs at his
long-stick midfield position.
The D2 Stroll…
- A touching story courtesy of Hans Christenson who
shared this: “Just wanted to share
a great story of sportsmanship coming from The Selah/Roosevelt game last
Saturday, 5/5/12. Prior to the game Selah fans chonored
the seniors on their team with a pre game ceremony. This included their waterboy who had suited up for the game. At the
first faceoff the waterboy though disabled won
the face off and broke through the Roosevelt ranks, shot and scored a
goal. He was mobbed by his teammates and cheered by the Roosevelt team.
It was touching and hearttwarming scene that
made one glad to be a part of the sport. Both teams deserve credit for
giving such a thrill to someone less fortunate.”
- 2012 Division II All-Conference Teams were released.
- Playoff Recaps:
loss early in the week clinched a spot for Garfield but the Bulldogs
failed to move into 2nd place by losing to Vashon two days
later. Here are the final conference standings as they finished on
McCall’s 16 saves and 4 goals from Will Snider helped Nathan Hale hold
off Providence in a 10-9 first round thriller.
had little trouble with Roosevelt, getting 6 goals from Devin Remlinger to cruise to the 16-4 win.
Seattle Prep cruised over North Kitsap 18-4 on the strength of an 8
point performance from Cassidy Miller (4g,4a).
was a popular thrilling first round score as San Juan also pulled the
trick over Klahowya. Eagles had plenty of shots to tie it
and even got 3 goals from senior long-stick John Wolfram but San Juan
held on. 4 goals from Tate Brumsickle and 3 more from Sean Hills helped the
Beavers gave Overlake all they could handle and almost pulled the huge
upset, but the Owls got 5g, 2a from Colton Umberger
to keep their unbeaten DII season alive and pull out the 12-11 decision!
Rivers and Mt. Si played the lowest scoring game of the first round as the
Coyotes held the Wildcat offense to just 3 goals to pull the 7-3 win.
finishing third in the Metro South, Garfield found itself in a favorable
opening round contest with Gig Harbor and unleashed some offense. 7
goals from Jackson Lanning and 5g,2a from
Cedric Rhodes was more than enough and the Bulldogs cruised into the
one goal thriller to close out the first round as Everett outlasted
Whatcom 14-13. Or, should I say Stringfellow outlasted Whatcom. Chas stringfellow
finished with a ridiculous stat line of 9g,1a
and 7 groundballs to lead the Seawolves into
- 5/18 Garfield @ Overlake – On paper
appears to be an instant classic… a semi-final caliber match-up a round early!
- 5/18 San Juan @ Nathan Hale – From
winless to the Quarters… can the San Juan magic continue?
- 5/19 Three Rivers @ Snohomish – Tough
task for Coyotes to come across the mountains again and knock off a very
solid Snohomish squad.
- 5/19 Everett @ Seattle Prep – Everett
will need more than just Stringfellow to knock
of the Panthers.
Lacrosse The Country…
Drew Snider (Garfield) recorded a hat-trick to
help Maryland reach the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Tourney with a one-goal
win over Lehigh.
RIT advanced to the Quarters of the NCAA
Division III tourney with a win over Western New England. Taylor Wisman (Northshore) contributed
1g,4a in the win.
Three WHSBLA alumns at
Domincan were named with WILA Honors this week.
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Who got snubbed from the Division I All-State
What do you think of the All-American
Which player is missing and deserved a spot on a
Division II All-Conference Team?
Would any of the remaining Division II Playoff
teams make the playoffs in Division I?
Sound Lacrosse Photo Contest…
View last week’s winner and/or begin voting for
next week’s winner through the contest page on the Washington State Prep Lacrosse site
View the latest photos each week at Sound Lacrosse.
“The real solution to
the VERY SERIOUS problem facing Washington Boys Lacrosse is to split into 3
Divisions based on size of program. These divisions should be called
"3A", "2A" and "1A" in the same way WIAA
distinguishes ALL other HS sports. It also moves away from the notion
that "Division 1" is all the good teams and Division 2 is all the
rest. Bellevue's 3A football team doesn't seem inclined to hang their heads
in the presence of Skyline's 4A football team, and it
shouldn't be that way in lacrosse either.” – Rick Jenness
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