May 22, 2011


The Division I Stroll…






The D2 Stroll…





Lacrosse The Country…


Five WHSBLA Alumni took to the field in the NCAA Division I Quarterfinals this weekend on the rosters of Maryland (Drew Snider, Landon Carr), Cornell (Shane O’Neill, Sten Jernudd) and Denver (Cole Nordstrom).  In addition, our good buddy Jamison Koesterer (formerly of the Washington Stealth) was on the sidelines coaching Johns Hopkins.  Not bad for the state of Washington representing the West Coast! 


Taylor Wisman (Northshore) and the #1 ranked R.I.T. Tigers reached the NCAA Division III Semifinals by defeating Amherst midweek.

BYU captured the MCLA Division I National Championship by beating Arizona State on Saturday night.  Helping the Cougars to victory were three more WHSBLA Alumni in Connor Hamilton (Issaquah), Calvin Wiley (Skyline) and Phil Hamilton (Issaquah).

Mike Gerrard (Issaquah) was selected as an MCLA Division I, 2nd Team All-America playing defense for Oregon while Drew Nordstrom (Bellevue) was selected as an Honorable Mention defensive midfielder playing for Chapman.  View the full list of MCLA Division I All-Americans.  Colin Gaddy (Issaquah) was also named an MCLA Division II Honorable Mention as a midfielder for Western Washington.

We missed a WHSBLA Alumn on our MCLA watch list.  John Burke (Redmond) also competed in the MCLA Division II tournament playing for the St. John’s University Johnnies (Minnesota). 



Lacrosse Four Thought…

Which semifinal (either Division) do you most want to see?

What programs will be throwing victory parties come Saturday, May 28th?

Where will Mercer Island finish in the LaxPower West Regional Ratings and the Inside Lacrosse Under Armour Regional Ratings?

Instead of a question, here is simply a thought to ponder… All eight programs that reached the Final Four in each Division are schools that come from either the KingCo (Mercer Island, Issaquah, Bellevue, Woodinville, Sammamish, Garfield) or Metro (Bainbridge, Blanchet) conferences in WIAA aligned sports.



Parting Shots…


·         “Woodinville has a good number of players selected to the All-Conference team.  But, quite frankly, I was surprised not to see Colter Clinch (Attack), Tyler Paris (Middie), or Clemens Mitchell (Defense) on the list.   These three would be my top picks for Woodinville at each position.  Unfortunately, Colter got injured halfway through the season so maybe that is why he is not on the list.  When he is healthy, he is one of their best players.” – Nathan Morris

·         Colter Clinch was a definite snub in the DII all conference selections.  That kid is a dominant force on the field and can generate his own offense, not just be the catch and shoot guy for other players that generate the offense.  He was hurt midway through the season but if you say he did not play enough games he played more games than Luke Morris who was elected after playing in only 5 games. (No disrespect to Luke, he deserved the spot.)” – Paul Rabil

·         “I don't understand how only one of the top five players in the league could come from the top four teams. Both Bainbridge, Issy, and
arguable Curtis had All-American caliber performers on their squads. Kevin Powers of Issy was the first midfielder listed on the all state
list, the other 3 middies who were All-American were all below him, and rightfully so.” – Sean Forsyth


·         “According to the All State selections Eastside Catholic's Nick Landen has to be the coach of the year. With no talent, the Crusaders scored
268 goals, went 6-4 in conference and won their first playoff game.”-Coach Neely


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