The Division I Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
Island 13, Bainbridge 0 – No folks, that is not a misprint. Our game recaps only date back to 2002,
but we venture to say that this is most likely the first time the
Spartans have ever been SHUTOUT.
We knew Mercer’s defense was good, but WOW! Realize that the Islanders had only
ever beaten Bainbridge at Bainbridge once. The last time Bainbridge lost a
Division I game this bad was back in the 2004 state final… to Mercer Island.
- Starters for Mercer Island, Issaquah and
Eastside Catholic all returned during games this week after sitting out
season opening games earlier for various disciplinary reasons. Unfortunately, one player that has yet
to step on the field is Lakeside’s, Sten Jernudd. Rumors are true as Jernudd is nursing a
basketball injury and will be out for at least a few weeks.
- Standout Stat Lines:
- Erik Risa, FR, Overlake –
20 faceoffs won, 16 groundballs in Overlake’s 14-10 defeat of Northshore
- Sky Tweedie-Yates, SR,
Overlake – 5 goals, 5 assists in leading the Owl’s to the win over
- Hamzah Griffin, SR,
Vashon – 6 goals, 2 assists in helping Vashon edge Lake Tapps, 13-12
- Brandon Sims, SR, Lake
Tapps – despite a rough loss to Bainbridge, Sims stood tall to make 19
- Best match-ups of the
- 3/24 Curtis @ Seattle Prep – Panthers
already beat one team from the south Puget Sound, can they knock off the
- 3/25 Overlake @ Bellevue – First real league
test for the Wolverines. Owls hung
tough with Issaquah this past week.
- 3/26 Lincoln vs Issaquah – Game will be
played at Bellevue as part of the Northwest
- 3/28 Lakeridge vs Bainbridge @ Mercer
Island– Another good NWI match-up… Who is the better “bridge”?
The D2 Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the week
9, Seattle Prep 7 – Less shock then the Mercer/Bainbridge game, but
still a bit of a shocker and the answer to one of our questions from last
week as Snohomish knocked off Seattle Prep. Truthfully, in posing the question,
“Who will be the first 2009 DII team to knock of a 2009 DI team here in
2010?” we were thinking about the 2009 DII teams that had moved to
DI. We were thinking more along
the lines of Overlake defeating Northshore, but since Snohomish knocked
off Prep the day before then I guess officially they become the true
answer to the question!
Lake Washington, Gig Harbor and Providence each earned a program
first ever victory in their first week of WHSBLA play. In fact, Lake Washington posted two
wins including one over the program from which they split, Redmond.
- In 2009, Garfield scored just 8 goals total
in their first six games. In their
first game of the 2010 season, the Bulldogs scored 9 and posted a win
over Nathan Hale. Great to see
them back in the win column!
- Never too early to start
talking playoffs right? After all,
we are in the midst of March Madness.
Since Kansas, Georgetown and Villanova have already destroyed
plenty of brackets, here is a WHSBLA Division II Playoff Bracket for you
to salivate over. Our predictions
for first round playoff match-ups are in parentheses, you can fill in the
- Standout Stat Lines:
- Ryan Morris, JR,
Providence – 10 goals, 6 assists and 22 groundballs in two games this
- Daniel Lee, JR, Highline
– 6 goals, 4 assists and 21 groundballs in beating Franklin and a tough
loss to Nathan Hale.
- Ben Landry, JR, South
Kitsap – 22 saves and a .629 save percentage facing a barrage of shots
- Best match-ups of the
- 3/23 Sammamish @ Lake Washington – Battle
for 1st place in the Evergreen Conference will take place at
the old Seahawk training facility!
- 3/26 Snohomish @ Lynnwood – Many people
believe this could be the Division II Final.
Lacrosse The Country…
Continued coverage of WHSBLA alumns in the NCAA ranks
Shane O’Neill (Seattle Prep) and Cornell beat up
on Greg Mahony (Mercer Island) and Yale.
registered a point.
- Drew Snider (Garfield) and Sam Snow (Bainbridge)
each scored again as Maryland and Fairfield each posted wins on Saturday.
- Caldwell Rohrbach (Garfield) and Dylan Holmes
(Lakeside) are leading St. Lawrence and Oberlin respectively in scoring.
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Who are the top freshmen in the WHSBLA
Which WHSBLA score has surprised
you the most so far?
What are teams doing during their
Will any team go undefeated this
season in WHSBLA play?
- “I never thought that the wrestler
crossover would work, but while looking for bodies to fill in for our
record setting 21 graduating players, I decided to give it a try. Zach
Platt, an all league wrestler, has really been turned on to lacrosse and
is loving his role as a face off specialist.” -Jon Stenson, Lake Tapps Lacrosse
- “Illegal body checks and stones will
break my bones but words will never hurt me. 3 minute non-releasable penalty called
for foul language? Now, I am not advocating the use of foul language or
poor sportsmanship, but when a player can really hurt someone with an
illegal body check or use unnecessary roughness and serve a minute
releasable penalty I think we need to take a second look at how penalty
time is assessed.” – Jim Rambaldini
- “Love the Stroll! I enjoy the high school coverage.
Although I see many games, it helps keep us informed about those teams we
don't see often. I also really like Lacrosse the Country. I received an
e-mail from a US Lacrosse Board Member commenting on how many Northwest
alums are playing NCAA Lacrosse. It is hard to keep track of the many
players out there. It would be great if the Stroll could compile a
comprehensive list of all of the players from the 206. It could even be a
good contest to see who can name the most players and their college team.
Keep up the great coverage.” – Steve Rohrbach
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comments/quotes/etc in next week’s Sunday Stroll.
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