April 1, 2012 Sound Lacrosse – Best of Week 3
The Division I Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
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!
- After losing two of their first three
games, Eastside Catholic has now won four in a row. Further, in beating Eastlake, the
Crusaders now hold the tie-break with them in battling for the 2-5
- Big wins for Mukilteo in beating Sammamish
and Lake Washington this week.
Knight put themselves in a great spot to capture the 6th
playoff spot in the Northeast come season’s end if they can take care of
business against the other two teams below them in the standings
(Woodinville and Northshore) as Lakeside and
Lake Tapps are the only two left on the
schedule from the Southwest’s current top 6.
- Quick….Could you name the only other
Division I team unbeaten in league play?
Well, that would be King’s Way!
Yep, the group from Vancouver continued to roll with a win over Bellarmine Prep.
They now head into their spring break and will remain unbeaten for
at least two more weeks until they take on Mercer Island in their next
league game on April 14th.
- Standout Stat Lines:
- Alex Okemah, SR, Mukilteo
– The faceoff midfielder led the Knights to two big wins this week
starting with a 5g,2a, 14gb performance against
Sammamish. He followed with
another hat-trick and 6 more groundballs in a big upset win over Lake
- Colin MacIlvennie,
SO, Eastside Catholic – The Crusader’s top player continued his streak as
he has recorded at least a hat-trick in every game this season. This week he dropped 6 goals and 5
assists in leading EC to big wins over Eastlake and Sammamish.
- Best match-ups of the
- 4/2 Mercer Island @ Ward Melville –
Great opportunity for Islanders facing a legendary New York powerhouse.
- 4/3 Lakeside @ Bellarmine
Prep – Big one for the Southwest standings. Which Lion will roar the loudest?
- 4/3 Bellevue @ Eastside Catholic –
Crusaders could be in the way of angry Wolverines looking to rebound from
- 4/3 Issaquah @ Skyline – Can
Issaquah keep focus after big win?
Remember the Spartans won in overtime last year!
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:
- Skagit Conference– Now three teams at the .500 mark after
Stanwood and Whatcom each won two games this week to pull to 3-3.
- Cascade Conference – The most excitement, surprises and
statements took place in the Cascade this week. Snohomish made a clear statement that
they are top dog with a 16-4 beat down of Everett followed by a win over
Edmonds. Panthers have yet to play
Providence but already hold win over Wenatchee. Wenatchee and Everett each surprised
and stated, “What about us?” in response to our leaving them out of the
playoff predictions. Wenatchee
pulled out a thrilling 13-12 overtime decision over Providence. Even more impressive considering they
had to drive over Stevens Pass on a weeknight to do so! Despite the loss to Snohomish, Everett
also took a turn handing Providence a one-goal loss. Stringfellow,
Hawkins and Strong led the Seawolves. This is clearly the strongest conference
as Monroe appears the only non-factor.
Wenatchee and Providence are each below .500 and yet both have
shown to be playoff caliber teams.
Going to be a great battle between Edmonds, Everett, Wenatchee and
Providence for two playoff spots and going to be rough for two of these
teams to stay home.
- Metro North – Well, just when we thought Nathan Hale may have
stepped to the front of the conference, the Raiders dropped a tough one
to Kennedy. Though they rebounded
nicely with a 7-1 win over Roosevelt to keep hold of the top spot. Hale, Ballard, Roosevelt and Blanchet
are really all so close. The
Roughrider’s week is a perfect snapshot of how it has been for these four
teams. They dropped a tough one to
Seattle Prep by one, beat Blanchet in overtime and then lost to Nathan
Hale. Much like the Cascade it is going to be a tough fight and one will
have to stay home come playoff time.
Blanchet has played four 1-goal games already including two
overtimes. Roosevelt isn’t far
behind having played in two overtimes as well and three 1-goal
- Metro South – The big Prep vs
Garfield match-up was postponed to later in the season due to a school
conflict, but Seattle Prep remained one of three, Division II unbeatens
pulling out a 1-goal win over Roosevelt.
Sam Kopf continues to gobble groundballs as he tallied 17
George Anderson recorded his second straight double hat-trick with
another 6 goal performance. Three
Rivers took apart Kennedy and Vashon showing there might not be any race
for the playoff berths. Kennedy
and Vashon have much work to do if they are to crack the top 3 in the
conference. Crazy week for Kennedy
in beating the current #1 team in the Metro North but showing they might
not have the depth to crack top 3 in their own conference. Further, the current bottom team,
Highline, beat Metro North playoff contender, Ballard. This certainly is a vote for
Metro-South as the next best conference in Division II.
- Evergreen – Appears Overlake may not be
challenged until playoff time and they seem the easiest pick to remain
unbeaten until then. The real
excitement looks like it will be in the race for Evergreen #2. Mt. Si took round one over Redmond and
at 4-1 sit in great position to make a run at their first playoff berth
in just their 2nd season of play! Matt Mahrer
and Seamus Ober led the Wildcats with 2g,3a and 3g,1a respectively.
- Olympic – Conference with the least amount of games played
and no shake-ups this week.
- Standout Stat Lines:
- Charles Bergseth, FR, Kennedy – Just a freshman, the netminder is a big reason why the Lancers upset
Nathan Hale as he made a season high 22 saves! Bergseth is
averaging over 15 saves a game having stopped 77 shots in just 5
- Frank Medlicott,
JR, Stanwood – The converted long-pole is now running midfield to help
the Spartans in the scoring department but he still has a knack for
groundballs even if with the short stick.
After dropping their first two games, Medlicott
now has Stanwood on a three game win streak. In two wins this week he scored 4
times, dished 3 assists and scooped up 25 groundballs, including an
incredible 18 of them against North County.
- Best match-ups of the
- 4/3 Blanchet @ Ballard – In an
o-so-close conference games between any of the top 4 are big!
- 4/3 Roosevelt @ Kennedy –
Roughriders vs Lancers…hmm… Old West meats
- 4/7 Edmonds @ Wenatchee – Based on
the latest results we’d say the scale has tipped to Wenatchee in this
Lacrosse The Country…
Continued coverage of WHSBLA alumns
in the NCAA ranks:
- Greg Mahony (Mercer
Island) scored twice to help Yale hold off the Penn Quakers in a tough Ivy League
- Jake Bernstein (Lake Washington) recorded his
first collegiate hat-trick in Dominican’s win over Lindenwood.
- Kevin Nguyen (Bainbridge) is the second leading scorer for Notre Dame de Namur.
- Two more WHSBLA alumns
on the same field this week when Kenyon defeated Wittenberg. Max Olson (Bainbridge) scored a goal for
Kenyon while Martin Park (Stadium) took the field for Wittenberg in NCAA
Division III play.
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?
“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
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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