The Division I Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- With Skyline and Issaquah both falling from
the ranks of conference unbeatens this week it leaves only four teams unbeaten
in conference play: Mercer Island, Bainbridge Island, Tacoma and
Curtis. Bainbridge and Tacoma
remain the only true unbeatens as neither has lost any game at all. Mercer’s only losses are to out of state competition (O.E.S. and Concord
Carlisle) while Curtis has lost non-playoff counting, cross conference
games as well as games in Oregon.
Mercer and Bainbridge remain the only teams still ranked in the STX-WSL Top 25
- Mercer Island remained unbeaten in league
by knocking off Issaquah in the first of four games scheduled to be
filmed by Comcast and made available On Demand. This game was also highlighted on this
News. Issaquah led 2-1 at the
end of the first quarter but Brian Bernstein’s great play in net coupled
with timely goals from Zach Stickney and Connor Bernal (including a great
one captured in this photo by Michael Jardine
of Sound Lacrosse) helped the Islanders pull away in the second half as
they took the game 8-4.
- Bainbridge is flying a bit under the radar
as they have yet to truly be tested outside of a quality win over King’s
Way. The Spartans may quietly be
turning into this year’s front runner and a favorite to regain the state
championship that has eluded them since 2007. Cameron Parker, Jacob Goodman and Alex
Crane are arguably the best midfield trio running (though Mercer Island’s
Bernal, Mahony and Knebel
will have something to say about that) and the Spartans already have
three other double digit point producers in Rabin, Deery-Schmidt
This weekend, Bainbridge flew south for some sun and to
participate in the San Diego Jam by the Sea, jamboree tourney
event. No results yet but word is
the boys were “mopping up”.
- Folks on the plateau are
used to seeing high scores on football fields when Skyline is involved
since their football squad has been to the state championship the last
four seasons. But the high scoring
thing has found its way to the lacrosse side of things for the Spartans
and their results continue to look like football scores. The Spartans have scored a league high 175 goals in 12 overall games. Unfortunately, they have given up
144. The only team that has given
up more is a 3-10 Lakeside squad.
Further non-fortune as the run and gun appears to have caught up
to them this week in dropping a high scoring affair to Eastside Catholic
22-19. A great win for the Crusaders
though as this gives them the inside track on at least the #4 seed in the
- Curtis didn’t seem to
agree with last week’s Power Rankings and decided to take it out on
Stadium. The Viking got 5 goals
from Brandon Dean and a 4g, 2a effort from Colby Carr to wallop the
Tigers 14-1. After a 2-0 start,
Stadium has now dropped three straight.
- Standout Stats:
- Jack Maurer, SR, Seattle
Prep – Not to be confused with the guy calling shots
on “24”, this guy has been stopping shots from opposing offenses. Despite a tough win-loss record, the
senior netminder continues to stand tall and
this week he stopped a season high 21 shots in a game vs
- Michael Rambaldini, SR, Eastside Catholic – 11 goals, 1
assist and 18 groundballs makes for a great week. The midfielder scored 5 of those goals
and scooped 10 of the grounballs in a huge mild
upset win over Skyline.
- POWER RANKINGS:
- NORTHEAST: Mercer Island,
Bellevue, Issaquah, Eastside Catholic, Skyline, Northshore,
Overlake, Lake Washington, Eastlake, Mukilteo, Lynnwood
- SOUTHWEST: Bainbridge
Island, King’s Way, Tacoma, Curtis, Tahoma, Stadium, Vashon, Lake Tapps, Seattle Prep, Lakeside, Puyallup
- Best match-ups of the
- 4/19 Issaquah @ Eastside Catholic –
Who had this one marked at the beginning of the season? Following the Crusaders win over
Skyline this one is all of the sudden very big!
- 4/20 Curtis @ Tahoma – This one could well
decide the #4 and # 5 seeds in the Southwest if neither can break into
the top 3.
- 4/22 Bellevue @ Bainbridge –
Wolverines beat the Spartans for the first time in 20 years last season,
in fact they did so twice.
Bainbridge isn’t happy about that.
The D2 Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- Cascade Conference showed
this week that it is clearly the top Conference in Division II. Outside of Everett the other four
squads might all be in the top 8 in Division II but unfortunately, come
playoff time, one of them will be at home. Stanwood, the 4th place team
in the Cascade, did the most to make a claim for the conference by
beating the top team in the Skagit, Whatcom by a 9-3 count.
- Providence showed that
when at full strength they might have what it takes to make a playoff
run. The Highlanders are thin but
talented and when everybody is clicking they are dangerous. In beating Snohomish this week,
Providence only ran 13 guys but they won convincingly by a score of 13-6
getting 5 goals from Caleb Moisant and 2 goals
apiece from Ryan Morris, Harrison Wartes and
Harrison Hummel. Bigger tests await as they will face Division I’s Lake Washington
and get a second shot at unbeaten Woodinville in two weeks.
- Garfield and Blanchet are
clearly the top two in the Metro, but after that it gets messy for the #3
seed. Roosevelt beat Ballard 7-6
this week to only complicate the matter.
Roosevelt, Ballard and Nathan Hale now all sit at 3-5 in league
play having beat each other in a circle. Ballard has beaten Hale, Hale has
beaten Roosevelt and Roosevelt has beaten Ballard. The good thing is that it makes for
exciting meaningful games coming down the stretch run in a few weeks!
Sammamish and Wenatchee remain the only league play unbeatens in Division
II. Doesn’t appear Wenatchee or
Sammamish will be challenged until playoff time though Wenatchee does
have match-ups with Three Rivers still.
Woodinville was off this week and still has rematches left with
Snohomish and Providence. If the
Falcons do remain unbeaten headed into the playoffs they would have to be
the favorite having played the tougher schedule of the three.
- Unfortunately still four
programs that have yet to win a game this year and shockingly one of those
is last year’s Division II runner-up in San Juan. Just goes to show how special last year’s
run to the title was and what a special group that senior class was.
- Standout Stats
- Frank Medlicott,
SO, Stanwood – The midfielder scored 5 goals and gathered 13 groundballs
in leading Stanwood to a big win over Whatcom and keep the Spartans in
the tough playoff hunt in the Cascade Conference.
Shewey, SR, Redmond – The goalkeeper made a
season high 25 saves nearly doubling his previous season best of 13 in a
win over Gig Harbor. The talented netminder didn’t stop there though as he also
recorded 2 assists!
- Best match-ups of the
- 4/21 Snohomish @ Stanwood
– Can Stanwood prove it really belongs in the playoff discussion in the
- 4/23 Wenatchee @ Three
Rivers – Three Rivers probably the only squad with a chance left to
blemish Wenatchee’s perfect regular season.
- 4/23 Everett @ San Juan –
Will be great to see one team earn their first victory of the year.
Lacrosse The Country…
Drew Snider (Garfield) and Landon Carr (Curtis)
each scored goals, but Maryland dropped
a heartbreak to Johns Hopkins in overtime!
Sam Snow (Bainbridge) is quietly having another
great year. Snow is the second
leading scorer for Fairfield.
Steve Caditz (Mercer
Island) scored the first two goals of his collegiate career for Bentley in a win
over Southern New Hampshire.
The Washington slew of boys at St. Andrew’s
continues to impress as this week three of them (Shields, Shewey,
Tindall) were named to the Conference Carolinas All-Conference Teams.
Dylan Holmes (Lakeside) recorded a sock trick in
netting 6 goals for Oberlin college on
John Miller (Franklin) recorded his first
multiple point game with 1g,1a in helping Western
Connecticut over UMass-Boston.
Though not yet competing as a playoff eligible
member of the PNCLL, the Washington State Cougars once again have a club
lacrosse team. You may recognize a few
of the names on the spring roster as former WHSBLA players, most notably,
Washington member, JT Tungsvik (Puyallup)
A few former WHSBLA players we missed last week
in our list of those playing in the MCLA here in the Northwest:
“According to the
stats it looks kind of like Drew Wade from Three Rivers is the new Cameron Girgus (Lynnwood) from last year with his goals to assists
ratio. Props to Tyvan Schmidt for leading the league
in goals and making Sammamish a real contender to be playing in late May.” - Dylan Hummel
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