The Division I Stroll…
little excitement down the stretch as Vashon defeated Northshore
11-10 in overtime after teams played a scoreless 4th
quarter. The win captures the final
playoff berth and dashes the hopes of Seattle Prep and Puyallup. The Vultures had all their big guns back
in the lineup while Northshore was down a Wisman (Foster).
Northshore failed to capitalize on any of
12 extra-man opportunities while Vashon scored 3 times man-up, including
the game winner. Ross Bowers ended
it in overtime to send Vashon back to the playoffs!
Goals – 47, Sam Snow, Bainbridge
Assists – 36, Daniel Shields, Mercer Island
Groundballs – 127, Spencer
to Landon Carr, Daniel Shields and Sam Snow on being named 2009
Snow and Jordan Goldstein were selected to participate in the 2009 NSEW Senior Showcase. Both will participate for the West Squad
in the event that is set to take place on June 20th at Bryant
University in Rhode Island.
- The Playoff Picture: The playoff bracket is now online
expected Mercer Island
is #1, Issaquah is #2 and Bainbridge is #3
victory over Northshore broke the potential
3-way tie for 4th and Curtis beat Bellevue
head-to head: Curtis #4, Bellevue,
Skyline #7, and Vashon earns #8
match-ups of the upcoming week:
- 5/22 Bellevue @ Curtis – Wolverines hungry to avenge regular season
loss, Vikings trying to reach semis for first time since 1998.
the rest of the Division I playoff bracket here
The D2 Stroll…
- After splitting
a pair of 1-goal games in the regular season, Stanwood and Whatcom played
a tie-break game that Stanwood took with a decisive 10-3 victory to earn
the Skagit Conference #4 seed.
- First Round of Playoffs:
Way 10, Stanwood 4 – Spartans ran out of gas after tie-break having to
travel to Vancouver
the next day
Catholic 13, Blanchet 10 – David Carlton and
Mike Rambaldini each accounted for 6 points to
lead the Crusaders
15, Three Rivers 4 – Owls soar into 2nd round behind 3g,5a and
22 groundball performance from
- Lake Tapps 10, Snohomish
9 – Titans pull out the OT thriller in the best game of the first round
13, San Juan
6 – Carter Chaffey’s 5 goals lead Stadium to
the relatively easy win
- Tacoma 10, Lynnwood 9
– Only “upset” of the first round, based on seeds as #2 seed Lynnwood falls
10, Sammamish 2 – Redmond
only led 2-1 at half but poured it on and coasted to victory
13, Klahowya 10 – Knights took care of business
in round one to set up huge showdown with Overlake
series of events in the Lake
overtime win over Snohomish. Tapps scored the go-ahead goal with under 30 seconds
left in the game and the Titans thought they had moved on to the second
round… not so fast… Snohomish won the ensuing face-off and scored with
under 5 seconds on the clock… disbelief for the Titans… bedlam on the
Panther’s sideline… game went to sudden-victory overtime and Cory Carson
scored to win it for Tapps!
the talk about the Evergreen Conference being the top conference… the one
that contained three of the top 5 teams… yet when the dust settled in
round one there is only one conference with three teams still standing…
would you have guessed it would be the Olympic Conference… King’s Way,
Stadium and Tacoma!
match-ups of the upcoming week:
- 5/21 Overlake @
Mukilteo – This could easily be
the final as winner of this game may be the favorite to take it all!
the rest of the Division II playoff bracket here
Lacrosse The Country…
defeated BYU to reach the MCLA National Championship game before they fell
to Michigan. Follow this link and
click on the 7th picture in row #1. You’ll find former Roosevelt
star, Derek Mills, wearing the #1 jersey for Chapman.
has it more new teams will be joining the WHSBLA next season. Possibilities include Providence
(moving up from JV status), Silver
Lake (Everett School
District), Woodinville, Shoreline and maybe
Seattle Prep star, Shane O’Neill became the first WHSBLA alumn to reach the NCAA final four as Cornell will
take on Virginia
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Who do you feel got left off the Division I All-State teams?
What players got snubbed from the Division II All-Conference Teams?
Where else will new teams pop up next year?
When do you think more teams will start wearing jerseys like Chapman’s new Nike
Fans Sound Off…
love, love the Sunday Stroll.
Keep it comin” – Patrick Boyd
Patrick! We love knowing people are
reading our column. We’ll keep it comin’ for yah!
National Rankings have Issaquah ranked 121, MI at 123 and Bainbridge at 138” –
quote was as of Monday, May 11th. The rankings have shifted a bit since,
but you can view them here.
“As a topic to
consider, there seems to be a jump in scoring in Division I games this
season. What is the cause? Lack of defense? Running up the score? Offenses getting better faster than defenses? Lack of parity (7 good teams, 7 not as good)? Better
depth on the better teams?” – David West
great questions…. We’ll leave this one for the readers to run with!
“Why is this game
slowing down? Why is this game becoming SO BORING? Why isn’t there a
penalty for “Stalling” other than “a stall warning, keep it in”? Why not
a turnover after 30 seconds or a shot clock? Just eliminate the stall in
the High School Game. It’s BS and the coaches know it. Why is it
good sportsmanship and “honoring the game” to have a player (or two) hold the
ball the 2-4 minutes on each attack or the last 2 minutes in a game whether up
by 10 or by 1? Why is that good lacrosse? Is it that critical to get a
miss-match (shortie on a shooter)? I notice in
higher level games that in 48 playing minutes, a team may take around 20-30
shots during the game; the ball is literally held for 2-4 minutes on each
attack. All the refs can do is a stall warning, and a “keep it in.”
It’s become a boring game for the refs, fans and the players. Yep, BORING and
horrible!! Referees and the crowds are lulled into a glazed state.
Is this skill? Maybe for one or two players holding the ball, or surviving a “double team”, but this is just an
excuse. The game’s strategy has made the game boring. Has
anyone noticed that the game is slowing down, way down? The number of
horns, the stalls; the delayed substitutions, etc., the game is being
manipulated. This “strategic” offense should be banned, immediately.
Coaches know this, players know this. It’s too bad, don’t ya think!? What a SHAME this great game is being
Perhaps a future story
should be an interview with some “new” refs (kids who would rather work LAX
games than work at McDonalds or other minimum wage jobs) – to provide some
perspective on how they are treated as they learn. We can also interview
other “new refs” with one or 2 years experience – guys who make the transition
from Football, Hockey or Baseball to Lacrosse, it’s a learning curve for
sure. What we need, in both cases, is to mentor and support them as they
mature and gain experience so we have enough refs to cover games.
The mentoring is not just from the Referees themselves, but from
the coaches (first), players and fans (second). Statistics have proven
that most “new” referees will drop out after year 2 due to “not having fun” or
the hassle (abuse). Finally, we can
interview our most seasoned referees – the guys who do the big college games,
the big high school games as a group (like a panel) and provide additional
perspective for coaches, players, fans and other referees. All could be
under a banner in your Sunday Stroll called the “The Ref’s Corner”. This
could provide a very valuable perspective and other view point.”
Regards, Peter Maftieu
looks like you top Mr. West in the number of great questions. Thanks for taking the time to write such
a long response. We love the idea
of “The Ref’s Corner” and will certainly look into the idea for future
issues. As to the first half of
your note we again hope the readers run with this and we get some good
widespread feedback with all sorts of viewpoints. From our standpoint, here are a few
quick things to consider:
idea for a shot clock… might be hard to implement in high school without
electronic shot clocks at each end of the field, but love the idea.
this game is becoming as boring as you say, why does attendance increase
every year at the NCAA final four?
And why does lacrosse continue to be one of America’s
fastest growing sports?
it not a coach’s job to teach and bring strategy to the game? To help
give his team the best possible chance to out duel the opponent?
thoughts? Ideas for future stories?
Feeling the need to comment or vent?