May is already here! Will all those April showers bring out the
sun and the May flowers? Or will there be dustings of snow in western
Washington as some have predicted. At any
rate, we are down to the last two weeks of the regular season and the 4/30/11
show of The Varsity
News is filled with lacrosse highlights including Stadium @ Tahoma,
Bellevue @ Overlake and North Kitsap @ Klahowya.
The Division I Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- Bainbridge is undefeated no more as
Issaquah held on to knock the Spartans from the ranks of the unbeatens.
Issaquah exploded for a 5-goal 2nd quarter and extended
to 7-1 lead early in the third before holding on to take the 8-6
victory. Bainbridge had moved into
the national discussion being ranked #42 in the latest ESPN Rise Fab 50 prior to
the most recent defeat. Earlier in the week though Bainbridge knocked
Curtis out of contention for the Southwest title. In doing so, the Spartans all but
locked up the conference as the only conference opponent left on the
schedule that might be able to throw a wrench in it is Tacoma.
- Mercer Island mirrored Bainbridge’s
conference standing by knocking off Eastside Catholic to remain the
unbeaten in the Northeast. Having
already beaten Issaquah and Bellevue, the Islanders should have no
problem capturing another Northeast Conference title.
- Big win for Tahoma over
Stadium this week. Alex Piller recorded his first hat-trick of the year in
leading the Bears. Despite their
reasonable success this year, the Bears were only 1-3 in conference
heading into the week and on paper appeared outside of playoff
position. However, their three
losses were to the current top three teams in the conference and the last
two weeks of their season lines up in their favor. Now at 2-3 in conference, King’s Way is
the only conference opponent left with a winning record.
- Curtis held Foster Wisman to a lone goal, but Alex Bus sparked a 3-goal
run in the final minutes to lead Northshore to
a 10-9 upset win over the Vikings.
The non-conference game did nothing for either’s playoff chances
but again helped to demonstrate the strength of the Northeast
will be fighting just to grab the 6th spot in the Northeast
while Curtis sits comfortably in the Southwest.
- Congratulations to
Puyallup as the Panthers finally got off the snide and earned their first
win of the season, a 16-14 victory over Vashon.
- Eastside Catholic beat
Overlake to eliminate the Owls from playoff contention. The win keeps the Crusaders in good
position to remain the likely #4 seed.
Eastlake continued its hot play with a 9-5 non-conference win over
Tahoma. The win makes six in a row
for the Wolves. Plenty of big
games coming up still that will decide #4 through #6 and leave two more
teams out in the Northeast. Here’s
a summary of what’s left for the five squads battling for those last
Catholic KEY WINS: Northshore, Skyline GAMES LEFT: Lake
Washington, Eastlake, Mukilteo
- Skyline KEY WINS: Northshore GAMES
LEFT: Bellevue, LW, Issaquah, Mercer Island
- Eastlake KEY WINS: Skyline GAMES
LEFT: Mukilteo, Eastside Catholic, Northshore
- Northshore KEY
WINS: Lake Washington GAMES
LEFT: Mukilteo, Eastlake
Washington KEY WINS: Northshore GAMES
LEFT: Eastside Catholic, Skyline, Mercer Island, Bellevue
- POWER RANKINGS:
- A little change up this
week as instead of rankings within each conference, here is our overall rankings
within all of Division I:
Island, Issaquah, Bainbridge, Bellevue, Eastside Catholic, King’s Way,
Skyline, Tacoma, Eastlake, Curtis
- Standout Stats:
- Robert Abbott, JR,
Puyallup – Abbot scored 4 goals and dished 4 assists in leading Puyallup
to their first win of the season.
But, that is not why he is on this list. The midfielder won several faceoffs and was everywhere in gathering a league
wide season high 28 groundballs!!!
- Luke Hembree,
JR, Vashon – The tough loss to Puyallup was to no fault of the junior attackman.
Luke registered an eye-popping 11 points as he scored 9 goals to
keep Vashon in the contest!
- Brian Quick, JR, Eastlake – The attackman
scored a career high 4 goals in helping the Wolves beat Lake Tapps. Brian
also dished 5 assists in the same game.
The 9 points set his career high for points in a game as well. Quick added a goal and an assist in a
victory over Tahoma to end the week as well.
- Best match-ups of the
- 5/2 Tacoma @ Curtis– King’s Way will
have a say too but this one could decide the #2 seed in the Southwest.
- 5/4 Eastside Catholic @ Lake
Washington – Crusader win all but clinches #4 seed. Kang win gives them a big W towards
- 5/6 Eastlake @ Eastside Catholic –
Wolves have been hot and a win might lock-up a playoff spot.
- 5/6 Bellevue @ Issaquah – This one
will decide the #2 seed from the Northeast.
- 5/7 Bainbridge @ Mercer Island –
Islanders haven’t lost a game to a league opponent at home in the jungle
since 2007… to Bainbridge. This
one doesn’t have the same playoff implications as in year’s
past but that won’t make this game any less intense. Reminder, Mercer shut out Bainbridge a
year ago and currently, Bainbridge is the only overall unbeaten in the
league. This has been the best
rivalry in the state for the past 10 years, you
don’t want to miss this one!
The D2 Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- Providence beat Lake Washington
to raise some eyebrows. However,
the Kangs rested both of the Bernstein brothers
as they prepare for important Division I contests with playoff
implications. Nonetheless, an
impressive win for the tiny Christian school over a large 3A high
school. If interested in
enrollment figures, check out this WIAA
- The win over LW may have
come at a cost the next day for Providence as they ran out of steam in a big conference game vs
Woodinville. The Highlanders led
5-0 at halftime but the Falcons erupted for six goals in the third
quarter to pull to a one goal deficit entering the fourth. Woodinville tied the game late in the 4th
quarter and won in on a JD Chapman goal with under a minute to play. The win keeps Woodinville unbeaten in
league play and at 12-0 overall they are now the only team in the entire
WHSBLA that are undefeated overall.
- A big congratulations to
Highline as the program clinched their first ever playoff berth with three
wins this week! Redmond also
clinched a spot leaving a much improved Liberty squad out of the
race. Liberty beat Port Angeles to
close the week but the loss to Highline and Highline’s
subsequent two wins coupled with Redmond’s two wins knocked the Patriots
- A big win for Roosevelt
over Nathan Hale this week to pull the Roughriders into a tie with the Red
Raiders for the third and final playoff berth in the Metro
Conference. Ballard is still in
the hunt sitting a game behind but holding a win over Nathan Hale. The remaining schedule clearly favors
Roosevelt. Here is a short summary of what is left for these three:
KEY WINS: Ballard,
Nathan Hale GAMES
LEFT: Franklin, Garfield (finish of lightning suspended game), Ballard
Hale KEY WINS: Roosevelt GAMES
LEFT: Ballard, Garfield, Blanchet
- Ballard KEY WINS: Nathan
LEFT: Nathan Hale, Blanchet, Roosevelt
- POWER RANKINGS:
- Just like we did for
Division I, here is our overall rankings within all of Division II:
Sammamish, Wenatchee, Garfield, Blanchet, Providence, Snohomish, Klahowya, Whatcom, Three Rivers
- Standout Stats
- Kevin Bastein,
SR, Klahowya – A four goal performance in a big
conference win always stands out, but that was just to start the week. The attackman
followed that effort with a 10 point night as he scored another four
goals and dished six assists.
Totals for the week: 8g, 6a and two wins!
- Griffin Van Baush, SO, Skagit Valley – The midfielder recorded
back to back 2g, 1a performances in a narrow loss to Snohomish and then a
big upset win over Whatcom. The
biggest stat in the win was the 21 groundballs Van Baush
scooped up. His league leading 121 groundballs puts him nearly 40 ahead of the next
closest player in Division II.
- Best match-ups of the
upcoming week (the final week of the regular season in Division II):
- 5/3 Garfield @ Blanchet –
Metro title on the line
- 5/3 Ballard @ Nathan Hale
– Loser will be out of the Metro race
- 5/3 Skagit Valley @
Stanwood – Stanwood must win out and get help to catch Providence in the
Cascade. Skagit Valley trying to
hold of North County in the Skagit.
- 5/4 Redmond @ Highline - Mustangs
took the first match-up in OT.
Highline looking to take the #2 seed in the Evergreen
- 5/5 Woodinville @
Snohomish – Can the Panthers blemish the Falcons perfect season?
- 5/6 Stanwood @ Providence
– If Stanwood wins earlier in the week, this one could help Spartans
force a tie for the #3 spot.
- 5/6 Klahowya
@ Sammamish – This one has some playoff feel to it as conference leaders match-up.
Lacrosse The Country…
Caditz (Mercer Island) has found a groove the
second half of the season as he has now scored in his fifth straight game for Bentley
(ranked #12 in NCAA Division II).
The old Bainbridge vs
Lakeside rivalry was renewed out east as Max Olson (Bainbridge) registered a
career high 4 points in a Kenyon win over Oberlin and Dylan Holmes
Lacrosse Four Thought…
What do you think of our Power
Rankings in each Division?
Which two teams will be left out in
Division I’s Northeast Conference?
Who will be the best team in
Division II to miss the playoffs?
Why do teams feel the need to score 30+ goals in a lacrosse
game against a clearly inferior opponent?
A big THANKS to
Kelly and Tammy Clinch for the best contribution of the year so far! They contributed the list below in response
to one of our thoughts from last week.
Here are the impact underclassmen we have seen in DII (in no
1. Jarrett Toy (Fr) and Austin Tippett (Soph) for Snohomish. Leading their
team in scoring. Snohomish has a lot of young talent (Remlinger, Davyd Powell)
2. Caleb Moisant (Soph)
for Providence. Leading scorer on a team with a lot of
3. Griffin Van Bausch (Soph) for
Skagit Valley. Dominant face off guy,
scores, plays good D, ground ball machine.
4. Frank Medlicott (Soph) for Stanwood. Very versatile player. Plays shut down D as a long
pole, ground ball machine and now becoming a dangerous scorer with a short
5. Colter Clinch (Soph)
for Woodinville. Leading scorer for
Falcons until side lined with a broken foot 2 weeks ago. Big kid that can dodge and shoot. Rides
6. Daniel McKee (Fr) for Woodinville. Can shoot on the run both
right and left handed, physical, plays good defense.
We’ll give a shot to the best emails of the week and include your
comments/quotes/etc in next week’s Sunday Stroll.
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