In coordination with the Sunday Stroll, the folks from Sound Lacrosse will be
doing a weekly "Editor's Picks" of the best shots of the week to be
released each Sunday. The winning pics will be shown on both the Sound Lacrosse website as
well as a new Washington HS Lax website at: http://www.washingtonhslax.com/. Here is a link to the Week One Picks!
The Division I Stroll…
True it is a long season and much to be
determined, but the first full week of the season seemed to show there are two
clear favorites at the top and then a host of mid tier teams. This may in fact be the year that someone
crashes the Final Four party that Mercer, Bainbridge, Issaquah and Bellevue
have had on lock since the playoffs expanded to 12 teams back in 2010. Bellevue and Mercer Island remain clearly at
the top. Issaquah, Bainbridge, Lake
Washington, King’s Way, Skyline, Eastside Catholic and Bellarmine
Prep are often mentioned in the next tier.
Yet, this week Skyline fell to Eastlake while Lake Tapps
defeated Bellarmine Prep by a touchdown showing there
might be more teams than we thought battling for those #2, #3 and #4 seeds come
The Wolverines did little to dispel the notion
that they are the cream at the top this year by simply smashing Lake Washington
20-1 to bring the Kangs back down to earth after
their big season opening upset of Bainbridge.
Bellevue followed with a 17-1 count over Woodinville.
Mercer Island cruised to a 3-0 start with two
more wins this week. In a win over Bellarmine Prep the Islanders scored 15 goals in the
opening quarter. No, that is not a
misprint; 15 goals in just 12 minutes of play in the 1st
quarter. We’ll have to do some further
research but we’d bet that is a record for the state of Washington.
Lakeside has started the year 2-0 already
matching the number of conference wins they had all last season. The Lions have been led by senior captain, attackman Keaton Santi with 8
goals while getting solid play in net from Peter Scott with 27 saves.
King’s Way sits at 3-0 to match Mercer Island in
the Southwest. Their most impressive win
thus far came against Eastside Catholic in a high scoring, run and gun, 19-11
victory. Couple with Bellarmine
Prep’s early loss to Lake Tapps, appears the Knights
could be thinking about a #2 seed though Bainbridge will surely still have a
say in that.
- Standout Stat Lines:
- Tyler Preston, SR, King’s
Way – The midfielder currently leads Division I in groundballs as in
three games this week he recorded 5g, 3a and 39 gb. In a
big win Eastside Catholic his stat line read: 3g, 2a and 15 GB!
- Max Jones, SR, Bellarmine Prep – Unfortunately it came in a loss,
but the senior attackman posted a season high
13 points against Lake Tapps scoring a triple
hat-trick, 9 goals while also dishing 4 assists.
- Tyler Wright, SR,
Sammamish – Attackman is currently tied for the
league lead in pts per game (8.0) after scoring 11 goals and 5 assists in
two games this week to pace Sammamish to a 2-0 start in the Division I
- Cole Johnson, JR,
Bellevue – The other co-leader atop the Division I scoring charts also
recorded 11 goals and 5 assists in two wins this week.
- Best match-ups of the
- 3/19 Lake Washington @ Skyline – Both
squads looking to rebound after tough week one losses. This one could be big come season’s end
in determining playoffs. Last year
the LW win inevitably put Skyline out.
- 3/23 King’s Way @ Lake Tapps–
Titans off to a great start but King’s Way showing it might be a top 4
squad this year.
- Northwest Invitational on
@ Bellevue – We’ll see how the current top team in Washington stacks up
against New York
@ Mercer Island – Defending Oregon champs vs
Defending Washington Champs for the true Northwest title!
The D2 Stroll…
Congratulations to a couple new programs as
Kennedy and Edmonds each won their first WHSBLA game this week. At first glance it appears the toughest
conferences will be each of the six-team conferences. Fortunately each of these conferences is
allotted 3 playoff berths. This still
may leave some decent teams on the outside come playoff time as we have seen some
interesting early season surprises already. Let’s take a look conference by
- Skagit Conference– Last year’s conference champ, Skagit
Valley sits at the bottom at 0-2.
After going winless a year ago, San Juan has rebounded well in
already notching a win by handing Skagit Valley one of those losses. The best player in DII might be
Stanwood’s Frank Medlicott, but the Spartans
have started 0-2 as well.
- Cascade Conference – Snohomish has taken care of business and
proved so far they are in fact a contender for the DII title, no
Everett and newcomer Edmonds also sit at 2-0 atop the conference with
Snohomish. Everett beat Skagit
Valley convincingly while Edmonds pulled out an OT win over
Stanwood. Providence has yet to play
a game. Wenatchee started 0-2 but will no doubt still be in the mix. Cascade looks to be a very tough
conference as newcomer Monroe might be the only one of the six not in the
playoff race late in the season.
- Metro North – Nathan Hale opened with a loss to Seattle Prep
but after a win over newcomer Shoreline, the Raiders pulled one out over
preseason favorite Blanchet showing this conference race should be a wild
one. Roosevelt and Ballard will
each also be in the mix as Ballard took Blanchet to overtime before
falling 6-5 and Roosevelt opened with a win over Vashon.
- Metro South – Preseason favorite, Garfield, has
yet to play a league game though the Bulldogs did drop a close one to
Tahoma in a non-league contest.
Seattle Prep is off to an impressive 3-0 start having beaten
Nathan Hale and Vashon already.
Most impressive might be Three Rivers though as the Coyotes took
apart Wenatchee much more emphatically than Snohomish did. Kennedy
already picked up a win but might have a rough go cracking the top three
in the conference. A playoff team
last year, Highline is already off to a 0-2 start while Vashon fell three
times to open the season.
- Evergreen – Overlake is the clear favorite and
opened with two wins. Mt Si is a
surprise at 2-0 having beaten Liberty already, a team it lost to twice
last year. Liberty fell twice to
start but rebounded nicely with a resounding win over Klahowya. So, the Patriots showed they will still
be in the hunt but will be tough as this conference only gets two
berths. At first look Redmond
looks to be a non-factor.
- Olympic – A loss to Liberty coupled with the fact that Gig
Harbor beat Liberty shows that Klahowya’s two
year run as Olympic champs could be in jeopardy. Gig Harbor is only team in the
conference to win a game thus far having beaten Liberty and North Kitsap
though South Kitsap has yet to play a game as their scheduled opener with
Klahowya was postponed due to snow.
- Standout Stat Lines:
- Sam Kopf, FR, Seattle
Prep – Only a freshman, Sam is leading all of Division II after the first
week of play with an astonishing 49 groundballs in just three games. In those games, Sam also scored 5 goals
while adding 2 assists.
- Barrett Jenness, JR, Overlake – The attackman
scored 4 goals in each of the Owls first three games to help them to a
3-0 start on the season. Jenness currently leads all of Division II in goals
scored with those 12 goals.
- Wyatt Johnson, SO,
Liberty – Liberty started the year with two tough losses but Johnson did
his part gathering 25 groundballs and even recording a goal and an assist
with the long-pole. His work
finally paid off against Klahowya as he
recorded another assist and 7 more groundballs to help the Patriots to a
big first win of the seaon.
- Best match-ups of the
- 3/19 Blanchet @ Garfield– Bulldogs
finally get to play a league game while Braves are trying to rebound from
- 3/20 Gig Harbor @ Klahowya
– We won’t have to wonder long as Gig Harbor will see if they can knock
the Eagles from their nest.
- 3/20 Providence @ Edmonds – Highlanders finally get to
play a game period while the Chiefs trying to prove they are no fluke.
- 3/21 Snohomish @ Lake
Washington – This should help gauge the level of play in Division II to
that in Division I.
- 3/23 Three
Rivers @ Garfield – Big weekend for the Coyotes starts with the Bulldogs.
- 3/23 Three Rivers @
Garfield –If Three Rivers gets by Garfield who comes away as the lead
horse in the Metro South?
Lacrosse The Country…
Sam Snow (Bainbridge) is the 3rd
leading scorer for Fairfield. The
Stags are now 7-1 and currently ranked #14 in the country in NCAA DI.
- Taylor Wisman (Northshore) picked up 3 assists in RIT’s latest
victory. The Tigers are now 4-0,
ranked #11 in NCAA DIII and Wisman has recorded at least a point in every game.
- WHSBLA Alumns squared
off this week in the college ranks when Geneseo St. faced St. Lawrence
in NCAA DIII play. Jon Wettack (Mercer Island) scored two goals for Geneseo while David Schoettler
(Seattle Prep) found the net once in the St. Lawrence victory.
- A rebirth of lacrosse at Washington St. as the
Cougars have returned to the PNCLL in Division I of the MCLA ranks. Several WHSBLA alumns
are taking the field for the Cougs headlined by
former Puyallup star and Team WA member, JT Tungsvik.
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Who are the top face-off guys in
the WHSBLA this year?
the most goals you have ever seen scored in one quarter of high school lacrosse
When was the last time you saw
four teams ahead of Bainbridge in the conference standings?
Why no Bellevue in the Under
Armour High School Regional Rankings?
“St. Andrews will continue as a varsity
program competing in the MCLA. One of our new missions during this
transition is to lead the way to expand the ranks of men’s varsity lacrosse in
the college ranks, by lobbying, promoting, and pushing for lacrosse to be
recognized by the NAIA as a sanctioned varsity sport. In the mean time,
the program is shifting directions helping those athletes who want to compete
at the NCAA level, utilizing St Andrews as a launching pad. Recruiting
athletes who financial could not afford to play on select level team, or did
not get the looks they were hoping for by getting them in to college, getting
them accustomed to a college lacrosse, college classes, and then helping them
transfer if they desire on to the NCAA programs.” – Chris Sherman
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