The Division I Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- Best game of the week took place over on
Bainbridge Island as the Spartans enacted a bit of revenge for the two losses
suffered last year at the hands of Bellevue. The Wolverines late rally fell a bit
short and Bainbridge remained unbeaten with the 7-6 win. In fact Bainbridge is now the only
overall unbeaten at 10-0 overall.
Curtis, Tacoma and Mercer Island are each still unbeaten in
conference play but each has lost at least once outside of the league or
their conference this season.
- A HUGE week for the
Eastlake Wolves as they might be the hottest team in Division I right now
and certainly the most improved since the start of the season. They make the biggest climb in our
Power Rankings jumping from #9 in the Northeast up to #5 and in playoff
position. The return of top
midfielder Patrick Keogh has certainly helped. Eastlake started their week with a
decisive 13-2 win against Overlake.
They followed that with a big upset win up on the plateau over
next door neighbor Skyline. After trailing early, the Wolves used a 5
goal 2nd quarter to knot the game at halftime and they got one
better than the Spartans in the 2nd half to hold on for a
12-11 victory. The win was the
first over Skyline since both were in Division II back in 2006 and Eastlake beat Skyline in the Division II semifinals
before winning the Division II title that year. The most recent Eastlake victory put
the Wolves right back into the playoff chase as they still have game with
Mukilteo, Eastside Catholic and Northshore in
hand. Having lost to Eastside
Catholic and Eastlake and having yet to play any of the top three teams,
the loss is very damaging to Skyline’s chances. Fortunately for the Spartans they have
early season wins over Overlake and Northshore,
but unless they can steal one from one of the top three the game vs Lake Washington in a few weeks becomes HUGE!
- Curtis won their only
game of the week over Tahoma and sit atop the Southwest Conference at
7-0. However, the Vikings have yet
to play Bainbridge, King’s Way or Tacoma so much could change over the
next few weeks. Curtis and Tacoma
are both unbeaten within Southwest Conference play but both have fallen
to Skyline which seems to show the Northeast as the stronger conference
again this year.
- Lake Tapps
win over Vashon has quietly pulled the Titans back into playoff
discussion. An afterthought early
in the season they now control their own destiny with conference games
against Tahoma and Stadium remaining.
Likewise, Stadium beat Seattle Prep to keep them in the
discussion. The final regular
season game between Stadium and Lake Tapps
could be a winner is in, loser go home situation.
- Similar developments in
both conferences when beginning to think about the playoffs. Each conference looks to have four
locks and then another four teams fighting for two spots. In the Southwest, Bainbridge, King’s
Way, Curtis and Tacoma are locks.
Tahoma, Stadium, Lake Tapps and Seattle
Prep are all still alive. In the
Northeast, Mercer Island, Bellevue and Issaquah are locks. Eastside Catholic is in great shape and
seem a lock as well. Skyline, Eastlake, Lake Washington, Northshore and Overlake are all still eligible though
Overlake has a real rough three game stretch (Bellevue, Eastside
Catholic, Mercer Island) coming that could put them out quickly.
- POWER RANKINGS:
- NORTHEAST: Mercer Island,
Bellevue, Issaquah, Eastside Catholic, Eastlake, Skyline, Lake Washington,
Northshore, Overlake, Mukilteo, Lynnwood
- SOUTHWEST: Bainbridge Island,
King’s Way, Curtis, Tacoma, Tahoma, Stadium, Lake Tapps,
Seattle Prep, Vashon, Lakeside, Puyallup
- Standout Stats:
- Patrick Keogh, SR, Eastlake
– The midfielder scored 8 goals and added 1 assist in leading Eastlake to
two huge wins this week.
- Cole Johnson, SO, Bellevue
– The young attackman recorded a career high 7
goals in a win over Northshore, his first
- Best match-ups of the
- 4/25 Stadium @ Tahoma – Tahoma needs
this one as they have shown to be a better team but have lost to the top
3 in the Southwest already.
- 4/26 Curtis @ Bainbridge – Bainbridge
has to be the big favorite but Curtis is the one sitting at 7-0 in
- 4/29 Overlake @ Eastside Catholic –
Owls really need this one if they want a chance to swoop a playoff spot.
- 4/30 Bellevue @ King’s Way – First
ever match-up for these two top notch programs.
- 4/30 Bainbridge @ Issaquah – Always a
good one when these two get together.
The D2 Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- We thought Stanwood vs Snohomish would be the big match of the week as a
battle for the second and third spots in the Cascade. But Snohomish handled Stanwood to the
tune of 11-5 while the much tighter ball game was Stanwood at
Woodinville. The Spartans managed
to put up a huge fight and actually led by two with six minutes remaining
in the game. Unfortunately they
just couldn’t close it out and the Falcons stormed back with three
unanswered to take the 8-7 win.
The win keeps Woodinville as Division II’s only remaining overall
unbeaten while Wenatchee and Sammamish remain unbeaten in conference
- A huge CONGRATULATIONS to
Everett for not only grabbing a season first victory this week, but the
win was also the program’s first ever victory after an
0-13 season a year ago as Silver Lake.
Everett got 25 saves from Merrick Rutledge, double digit
groundball efforts from Jacob Stonecipher and
Elijah Lindstrom as well as hat-trick performances from Ian Strong, Chas Stringfellow and Jared Hawkins (sock-trick!). The 15-13 win has been long overdue and
well deserved to Coach Hastings and the crew.
- PLAYOFF PICTURES:
- CASCADE: Strongest
conference top to bottom, Woodinville a lock, Providence and Snohomish
should be in, two loss week has Stanwood barely hanging on
- SKAGIT: Whatcom is only
team above .500 and will be in, Skagit Valley and North County will
battle for other berth, winless San Juan already out
- EVERGREEN: Sammamish a
lock, Highline and Redmond in good position, Liberty still alive but must
steal some wins from upcoming Olympic foes
- OLYMPIC: Another year another Klahowya playoff berth, Gig Harbor comfortable in
second, Port Angeles and North Kitsap alive for last spot
- METRO: Garfield and
Blanchet are locks, most exciting race in DII is for the #3 berth in the
Metro between Nathan Hale, Roosevelt and Ballard
- EASTERN: Wenatchee is #1,
Three Rivers is #2… already decided
- Standout Stats
- Will Snider, FR, Nathan Hale – The attackman
put up 9 points, including 7 goals in leading Hale to a non-league win
over Everett. Did you know that
Snider is the younger brother of Maryland’s Drew Snider? Less obvious, did you know that he has
also played in goal this season?
- Chas Stringfellow,
JR, Everett – The embattled but talented player scored 8 goals and dished
another 8 assists this week in leading his Everett squad to a program
- Best match-ups of the
- 4/26 Nathan Hale @
Roosevelt – Winner puts themselves in front in the race for third in the
- 4/28 Providence @ Lake
Washington – Should help gauge just how good Providence really is as they
face a DI opponent.
- 4/29 Providence @
Woodinville – Odd scheduling by Providence as this one is the playoff
counting game against the unbeaten Falcons.
Lacrosse The Country…
Big week for Greg Mahony (Mercer Island) in scoring 5 goals and adding an
assist in helping the NCAA Division I, #18 ranked Yale Bulldogs to two wins.
Sam Snow (Bainbridge) recorded his first
hat-trick of the season in leading Fairfield
to a mild upset win over Ohio State.
Since we errantly left him off our NCAA list a
few weeks back, former Three Rivers standout, Giovanni
Midili spoke to us through his play. The freshman midfielder scored a season high
3 goals and added an assist in helping NDNU
defeat Mesa St in NCAA Division II play.
RIT is up to #2 in the country in NCAA Division
III at 13-0. Taylor Wisman
(Northshore) scored a goal in the Tiger’s latest win over SUNY Oswego.
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Who are the biggest impact
underclassmen (freshman or sophomore) in the league this year?
Why isn’t Bainbridge ranked by Inside
Lacrosse in the Western Region?
What is your reaction to the
WIAA’s decision to turn down the opportunity to sanction lacrosse yet again?
Which programs do you think will
be on the move next season (reassigned to Division I or reassigned to Division
“You forgot an awesome D2 performance in the Standout
Stats section. Everett goalie Merrick Rutledge had 20 saves while letting in only 8 goals. Oh and he went out
for part of the 1st quarter and the 2nd quarter after getting hit on a clear.
That’s what I call perseverance!” – Merrick Rutledge
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