The Division I Stroll…
- Biggest stories from the
week that was:
- Big week for Eastside Catholic with wins
over Skyline and Lake Washington to keep a hold of 2nd place
in the Northeast. Peter Kimble
scored a career high 5 times in the Skyline game to match the 5 put up by
Colin MacIlvennie while Ross Komenda dished out 5 assists. MacIlvennie
scored another 4 in thw in over Lake Washington
while the Crusaders were able to limit Cody Bernstein to two
assists. Eastside still has games
with Bainbridge and Mercer Island left on the schedule so much work to do
to keep hold of that current 2nd place standing as well as
their first ever appearance in the Westside Lax Top 25 poll!
- Skyline rebounded from the loss to Eastside
Catholic to pull one out over Mukilteo despite missing the services of
Cannon Gardener picked up the slack scoring 5 times in helping the
Spartans escape with the win. They
now sit a relatively good position holding wins over both the teams they
are even with (Mukilteo and Lake Washington) and with a very favorable
schedule left. Three of their
final five opponents have a combined record of 5-25.
- Lake Washington also rebounded from a tough
loss the very next night by taking one from King’s Way, 7-4. Bernstein found the net 4 times in
leading the Kangs to victory. LW is in a tough spot having dropped
games to both Mukilteo and Skyline but they hold a win over Eastlake and
still play Sammamish (the others fighting for the last spot). The Kangs
have Mercer Island next but ends with Curtis and Sammamish. If they can take both of those they
would push to 8-6 and assure themselves a spot in the playoffs.
- Tough loss for Mukilteo but a big win
earlier in the week over Lakeside.
Like Skyline, three of the Knights final four opponents sit with
losing records providing a very favorable path towards clinching a
- Issaquah remained unbeaten with a
nail-biter over Bainbridge needing a couple big saves in the final minute
to preserve the win. The loss
sinks Bainbridge to a tough spot sitting in 4th place but
after two 20 goal performances in a row, taking Issaquah to the wire and
beating a tough Lake Oswego squad in non-league contest it seems the
Spartans are much improved from where they started the season. They still have a chance to get back to
second place though if they can win out (means beating King’s Way and
Eastside Catholic amongst others) and finish at least tied with Lake Tapps and/or King’s Way while holding the tie-breaks
over both squads.
- Lake Tapps must
win 3 of their last 4 to assure a hold on 2nd place meaning they upcoming games with Mukilteo and Skyline are
absolutely HUGE. Even bigger when
you consider they close the season with Mercer Island. King’s Way dropped to third this
weekend with back-to-back losses to Lake Washington and Bellevue. Tough stretch ahead as they still have
games left with Issaquah and Bainbridge.
- Bellarmine Prep
won twice this week to get back to .500 and the win over Curtis is big as
they now hold wins over Lakeside and Curtis, the two teams they could
potentially be tied with for the final spot. The Lions have a very tough schedule to
close as they must face Bellevue, Issaquah and Bainbridge in their next
- Standout Stat Lines:
- Jake Knotsman,
JR, Bainbridge – The attackman put up 10 points
for the 3rd time this season and for the 2nd game
in a row in a midweek win over Lakeside.
He now leads Division
I in scoring!
- Simon Jenkin,
JR, Bellevue– Jenkin has become a go to faceoff
man for the Wolverines and recorded his second straight 13 groundball
performance in a midweek win over Sammamish. He combined the effort with a 3g, 1
assist night in the scoring clumn as well!
- Best match-ups of the
- 5/3 Bainbridge @ Eastside Catholic –
Can Crusaders pull out another marquee win or will Bainbridge prove they
are still a top tier program?
- 5/3 Lake Tapps
@ Mukilteo – Each should have a playoff spot on lock, but each side
fighting to hold their spot in their respective conference.
- 5/5 Bellevue @ Mercer Island – Oh boy! Always a good one and this time around
Bellevue needs it more than Mercer, but who
wants it more?
The D2 Stroll…
There has been some confusion over the Division
II playoff berths. For clarification,
the Skagit and Evergreen conferences each get two berths while the other four
conferences each receive three berths.
These berths are awarded based on conference games only. Much of the confusion came about due to the
last minute withdrawal of the Union program from competing at the varsity level
and the subsequent last minute reshuffling of some cross conference scheduling
to avoid some huge travel issues during the regular season. Sportability was
set up prior to these last minute shuffling and was
not set up to track playoff standings based on conference games alone, so the standings available through Sportability
are a tad misleading. So, we have done
our best to compile the conference standings and they are available to view
here: 2012 Division II Playoff Standings
- Skagit Conference – San Juan has two games left with North
County and need just win one of those to assure themselves of the #1 seed
coming out of the Skagit. In this
scenario, Whatcome finishes #2 as San Juan has
beaten the Warriors twice already to own the tie-break. Should North County manage to knock off
San Juan twice and Whatcom beat Stanwood, then Whatcome
would be #1 and North County would be #2 knocking San Juan out by virtue
of the two head to head wins. If
North County beats San Juan twice and Whatcom loses to Stanwood it would
force a three way mini-playoff to determine the two berths from the
- Cascade Conference – Snohomish is still unbeaten and has
already locked up the #1 seed in the Cascade. Everett owns the tie-break with Wenatchee, has split with Providence and has games
left with Monroe and Edmonds, so the Seawolves
are in very good position to be the #2 seed. Most likely the #3 seed will come down
to the Providence at Wenatchee game next Saturday. Wenatchee must face Snohomish before
that however so will be a fun week to follow in the Cascade.
- Metro North – Nathan Hale sits in great position to be the #1
seed as they are unbeaten within the conference. Ballard must beat Nathan Hale on
Tuesday by more than 6 goals and hope Blanchet can knock of the Raiders
to close the season for the Beavers to take over the #1 seed. Roosevelt’s only conference game left
is against Selah so odds are they will finish 6-4. They own any tie-break with Blanchet so
they would be in at 6-4 as most likely the #3 seed. If Blanchet can win their final two and
Ballard drops their final two it could force a three way tie with Blanchet-Ballard-Roosevelt,
the Braves only hope for making it into the postseason.
- Metro South – Big week for Seattle Prep in
bouncing back from their first loss of the season to Blanchet the week
prior. The panthers first knocked
off Garfield 14-10 despite a 7 goal, 10 groundball performance from the Bulldogs
Jackson Lanning. Prep followed by
knocking off Three Rivers 11-8.
Three Rivers responded though by downing Garfield 9-7. The wins essentially clinch the #1 seed
for Prep unless they were to lose all three of their remaining games, lose
to Vashon and Garfield by large margins and have Vashon or Garfield win
out to equal their win total.
Three Rivers win over Garfield essentially locks up the #2
seed. Having lost to Seattle Prep
twice they cannot reach the #1 seed.
The only way they would fall out of the playoffs is if the drop
their last conference game to Vashon and again Vashon and Garfield manage
to both win out and overtake them.
Due to several rescheduled games, Garfield still has four
conference games to play while Vashon still has five remaining!
- Evergreen – Mt Si’s win over
Redmond on Friday night clinched a first ever playoff berth for the
Wildcats and locked the seeds for this conference. Overlake will be the #1 seed and Mt. Si
will be the #2 coming from the Evergreen.
Nothing left to decide here.
- Olympic – Some possible excitement here in the Olympic. South Kitsap is still alive and if they
can beat Port Angeles for a second time this year early in the week and
get help from Klahowya (beating North Kitsap)
the Wolves would have a shot at beating North Kitsap themselves on Friday
to force a tie and thus a play-in game.
Gig Harbor and Klahowya are both in. Assuming each team wins their final
conference game to each finish 7-1, the #1 seed would go to Gig Harbor
based on a +7 goal differential head-to-head versus Klahowya
this season. Gig Harbor’s big 10
point win over the Eagles this last Friday decided that.
- Standout Stat Lines:
- Cassidy Miller, JR, Seattle
Prep – 16 points on 7 goals and 9 assists in helping the Panthers get
back on track this week with two big conference wins!
- Cory Marchand,
SO, Gig Harbor – The attackman found the back
of the net 6 times against Klahowya this
week. The season high double
hat-trick was exactly double his previous high of 3!
- Best match-ups of the
- 5/1 Nathan Hale @ Ballard – Raiders
looking to wrap up the Metro-North while the Beavers try to make it
interesting and shore up a playoff berth of their own.
- 5/5 Providence @ Wenatchee – Most likely
this one decides the #3 coming out of the Cascade and one very good team
will remain home this postseason.
- 5/5 Vashon @ Three Rivers – Vashon will
need this one to have any hopes of reaching the post-season, but Coyotes
want to put a nail in at least second place.
Lacrosse The Country…
Even more names we missed trickled in from folks
after we posted last week… so here are a few more WHSBLA alumns
playing MCLA ball:
MCLA - Division
Taylor Wisman’s (Northshore) RIT squad got the best of David Schoettler’s (Seattle Prep) Saint Lawerence
squad in a contest in which Wisman recorded 1g,4a for the
Jon Wettack (Mercer
Island) registered 6 goal, 2 assists this week to help
Geneseo to their fourth and fifth straight wins. Jon is now the 2nd leading scorer for Geneseo!
Lacrosse Four Thought…
Who would you like to see represent Washington
in this year’s All-American Showcase in Florida?
What do you think about the rosters released for the Adrenaline All-American Game??
Which team do you think has demonstrated the
best sportsmanship all season long?
How many WHSBLA alumns
will make an appearance in the NCAA playoffs this year?
Sound Lacrosse Photo Contest…
View last week’s winner and/or begin voting for
next week’s winner through the contest page on the Washington State Prep Lacrosse site
View the latest photos each week at Sound Lacrosse.
“Providence has four freshmen that are starters:
Aidan Walsh at defense, Paul Johnson at LSM, Matthew Morris at attack, and Cole
Butaud in goal. This is the first year of
playing goalie for Cole Butaud and he is doing a
fabulous job. His save % is currently fifth best in Division II. Gavin Hardwick (Freshman) and Jordan Tindall
(Sophomore) are excellent young middies for Edmonds. They are starters
and top scorers for this young team.” –
“An idea, each
club should consider scheduling their last home game with a non-conference
opponent. It gives you a little more freedom to create a special night
for your seniors. It worked really well for us and hats off to Mount Si
for being such great guests.” -Mason Rutledge (Everett Lacrosse)
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