April 1, 2012                                                                                                         Sound Lacrosse – Best of Week 3

 

The Division I Stroll…

 

o   HUGE week for purple and gold fans as Issaquah pulled out two benchmark wins over Mercer Island and Bellevue to stake their claim to the top spot in the Northeast Conference.  Issaquah’s week started with a grind and hold on victory over Mercer Island.  Ben Director’s three goals, including the final tally to ice it and Kole Lindor’s 9 groundballs led the way.  The win marked the first time a WHSBLA team had beaten Mercer Island in regular season league play since Skyline pulled the trick back in 2008, a streak of 43 games.  Issaquah then turned around and survived a back and forth, double-overtime thriller over Bellevue, handing the Wolverines their first loss of the season.  Issaquah was led by Matt O’Neill’s hat trick and sophomore, Julian Ritchie’s first goal of the season to win it in sudden death!

 

 

The D2 Stroll…

 

·         Plenty of movers and shakers in Division II as there are a few squads that really took to heart the fact that we may have ignored them.  Great to see motivated squads battling with something to prove:

 

 

 

 

Lacrosse The Country…

 

Continued coverage of WHSBLA alumns in the NCAA ranks:

Lacrosse Four Thought…

 

Which picture did you vote for in Photo of the Week Contest (Sponsored by Sound Lacrosse and hosted by Washington State Prep Lacrosse)?

What do you think of LaxPower’s West Region Computer Rankings compared to other voted polls?

Where will Issaquah move to in the latest STX-WSL rankings?

Why no Washington teams in the Under Armour High School West Region rankings?

 

 

Parting Shots…

 

 

·         “Despite the fact that there are three Everett players in the DII top scorers, the team doesn’t rank a spot in your bracket predictions?  Sure it is the early in the season, but if you don’t go by stats, what are you going by?  I don’t see a Snohomish or Providence player ranked here.  Drop the bias, Stroll. Give these kids the recognition they deserve.”  - Angela Krisinger

 

We admit, we clearly underestimated the Everett squad!  Great win this week over Providence!  However, also fair to note that we certainly don’t purely look at stats.  We try and incorporate knowledge of rosters, strength of programs, other scores, etc.  Snohomish demonstrated that despite not showing anyone in the top scorers they are clearly the stronger team and deserved to be ranked ahead of Everett.

 

 

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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