Everybody’s spring break’s are
now over and as we enter the second half of the season the playoff races begin
to take shape… and we’re actually starting to get some sun!
The Division I Stroll…
Island War lived up to the hype… well sort of. The first six minutes of the game were super
fast paced, saw both keepers make several saves and Bainbridge bolted to a
4-0 lead. Then the game slowed way
down and Mercer slowly chipped away… 5-3 at halftime. Bainbridge began taking several
penalties in an attempt to stop Daniel Shields, but just couldn’t do
it. The mighty might Aussie just
doesn’t lose the ball and he led the Islanders all the way back…6-6 at the
end of regulation. Both teams had
several chances in the first overtime, but the game would go to a
second. Nearing the end of the
second OT, Shields picked up a rebound and fired home the game winner…
and the Mercer Island
student section stormed the field…quite a scene! So the Islanders took the Island war 7-6 in a slow, low scoring game with a
was brought back down to earth.
After starting the season 4-0, Vashon has dropped their last
two. However, the Vultures were
tied 3-3 at half with Bainbridge before getting run in the third
quarter. Vashon also fell to Bellevue.
like it could be a six team race (Vashon, Northshore,
Seattle Prep, Skyline, Puyallup, Lakeside) for the final three playoff spots. Of this group, Northshore
has the most quality win in having beaten Curtis already.
match-ups of the upcoming week:
- 4/21 Seattle Prep @ Northshore
– Rematch of last season’s DII
championship in which Northshore upset the
- 4/22 Mercer
Island @ Bellevue
– The MIB summer group faces off against each other. Bellevue
hasn’t beaten Mercer since 4/26/02 in OT.
- 4/24 Issaquah @
Mercer Island – At least one of these two teams has been in the state
final the past four years.
The D2 Stroll…
No big news or upsets in Division II this week
as everything sort of rolled along as expected.
is without John Linari for what could be
the rest of the season. “No problem” says Chas Stringfellow,
scoring 6 goals in the 9-6 victory over Lynnwood.
- Redmond continues to roll with a big victory over
Nathan Hale, followed by a win over Roosevelt.
- San Juan has won 5 straight games after falling to Lynnwood and Mukilteo
early in the season. Dragon midfielder, Forest Dayton has proven to
be one of the top scorers in all of Division II, sitting tied for 2nd
in goals scored with 22 and tied for 3rd in overall pts with
Way continues to roll and remains unbeaten within the state of Washington.
- Overlake @ Snohomish – Battle
for second place in the Evergreen Conference. Owls took the early season match up a
– Skagit Valley @ North County – Someone is
going to earn win #1 on the season
– Whatcom @ Lynnwood – Warriors took round one by a single goal. Tigers need this one to get back into
the playoff mix.
- 4/24 - Redmond @
Roosevelt – They had so much on Friday they decided to do again a week
later… this time at Roosevelt
Lacrosse The Country…
of the Gilbreath brother’s (former Bainbridge
Spartans) registered points for Air Force in a 13-6 win over Detroit Mercry. Bryan Gilbreath
also had an assist in the Falcons’ 9-6 upset of Ohio State
the day prior. Bryan now has 9 goals and 2 assists on
the year and remains the Falcons sixth leading scorer as a defender!
Islander (Mercer Island), Greg Mahony recorded his first career hat-trick, finishing with
4 goals in Yale’s narrow loss to Dartmouth this week. Greg is now the Bulldogs top midfield
scorer and the fifth leading scorer on the team overall.
time Issaquah standout, Alex Bates graces the cover of the most current MCLA
magazine. Alex leads San Diego St.
in scoring with 36 goals and 53 points.
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Who do you think will earn the last 3 playoff spots in Division I?
What program has the best sub-varsity teams (JV and Frosh/Soph)?
When will Lakeside’s standout
midfielder, Sten Jernudd,
step back on the field?
Why has Roosevelt’s standout attackman, David Madsen played games in goal?
Fans Sound Off…
(The best comments from the past week)
“You missed a few kids
playing NCAA Division II Lacrosse, who I'm fairly certain are WHSBLA
alums. Bryce Sheldon(Curtis
HS) has started 10 of 11 games, has 4 pts, 65 gbs,
and has gone 103-117 on faceoffs to date. Isaiah Stanley’s (Stadium HS)
best game was against Biola where he scored twice.”
- Adam Marshall, Head Men's Lacrosse Coach, Grand Canyon University.
“We also have Curtis
Holcombe from Tacoma
playing defense (he played attack in high school) for Gonzaga…
Kyle Kors from Tacoma
playing defense for Montana
State.” – Jimmy
“Y’all missed Bryan
Thomas on the WWU lax roster. Bryan graduated from Ferndale High School
and played for the Whatcom Warriors.” –Greg Hill
“Some more Maple Valley
players playing local college club ball: Justin Whitehead-WWU, Max Tooley-CWU, Bryce Murdoch-CWU, Kurt Geige-WSU
and Alex Carpenter-WSU.” – Vern Smith
“Noah Goldsmith from Satdium is playing for Cal-Poly.” – Christy Lineweaver
“Missed names on the
MCLA list- James Tupper from North
County and Andrew Ratzke of Snohomish play at Pacific Lutheran. James
Tupper was named to the all league team last season as a freshman” – Peter White
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