Lakeside takes two from Lake Sammamish in girls lacrosse

REDMOND, Wash. – Morgan Merriman and Sarah Pollnow each scored four goals as Lakeside advanced to a perfect 7 – 0 record with a 15 – 5 Girls Division I high school lacrosse victory over Lake Sammamish, Thursday at Redmond’s Marymoor Park. The win was the second of the day for Lakeside as the Lions’ second squad defeated Lake Sammamish’s second unit, 17 – 2 in a Division II game.

The Division I win moved Lakeside into a first-place tie with Bainbridge Island. Bainbridge is also undefeated in league play.

In Division I play, the first half was all Lakeside as Morgan Merriman scored on an unassisted shot just 1 minute, 32 seconds into the game. The score was the first of eight unanswered goals for the Lions before Ali Savage finally put Lake Sammamish on the board at 8:19 of the half.

In the second half, Lakeside took the field with a comfortable 10 – 1 lead and appeared to be on the same track as the first half as Sarah Pollnow connected on a solo shot just under 1 minute into the half to give the Lions their 11th goal.

However, Lake Sammamish responded to coach Lena Hanson’s halftime encouragement, scoring their first goal just 2 minutes, 13 seconds later on a free position shot by Jenna Carleton.

“Our team is young,” said Hanson, whose team graduated six seniors in 2008 – two of which are now playing NCAA lacrosse. “Lakeside is one of the best teams in the league. I told them to get their feet and trust themselves that they could compete with Lakeside.”

The teams then traded goals for nearly 12 minutes in end-to-end, evenly matched play. In the final eight minutes, only Lake Sammamish scored as Allie Savage found the Lakeside net beating Lions goaltender Sarah Adler with just 1:43 remaining.

“We were very impressed with Lake Sammamish,” said Lakeside assistant Marc Binder. “They threw and caught the ball better than we did. Despite the score, they clearly outplayed us.”

On Friday, Lakeside will attempt to keep its undefeated season in tact as the Lions take on 1-6-0 Curtis High School at the Lakeside School in north Seattle.

Scoring
Lakeside 10 5 — 15
Lake Sammamish 1 4 — 5

Highlights: Morgan Merriman, L, 4 goals, 5 assists; Sarah Pollnow, L, 4 goals; Ali Savage, LS, 2 goals

Results for Thursday, April 16

Boys Division I
Northshore 10, Puyallup 6
(Taylor Wisman, N, 5 goals, 1 assist, 8 ground balls; Stuart Dransfield, N, 11 saves; Robert Abbott, P, 1 goal, 6 ground balls; Zach Steedman, P, 10 saves)
Seattle Prep at Desert Vista (Arizona) (Score not reported)

Boys Division II
Port Angeles 9, Klahowya 11 (Dan Zimny, K, 5 goals, 1 assist, 9 ground balls; Chris McGuire, K, 3 goals; Chad Reeder, K, 20 saves; Dustin Walsh, PA, 4 goals, 1 assist)

Girls Division I
Lakeside 15, Lake Sammamish 5 (Morgan Merriman, L, 4 goals, 5 assists; Sarah Pollnow, L, 4 goals; Ali Savage, LS, 2 goals)

Girls Division II
Lakeside 17, Lake Sammamish 2 (Zoe Escarda, LS, 2 goals; Maggie Lehr, LS, 9 ground balls)
Ballard 3, Issaquah 14 (Katelyn Mincin, IS, 4 goals, 2 assists; Teagan Cameron, IS, 16 saves; Haley Jackson, B, 2 goals: Hanah Bretton, B, 15 saves)
North Kitsap 8, Bellevue East 20 (Sophie Wolz, BE, 6 goals, 6 assists; Elizabeth Sofey, BE, 4 goals, 2 assists)

Games for Friday, April 17

Boys Division I
Lakeside at Garfield (Genesee Park / 5:00 p.m.)
Vashon at Bellevue (Bellevue High School / 7:30 p.m.)
Issaquah at Curtis (Curtis High School / 8:00 p.m.)

Boys Division II
Lynnwood at North County (Lynden) (Bender Fields / 5:00 p.m.)
Nathan Hale at Snohomish (Snohomish Freshman Campus / 5:00 p.m.)
Highline at Sammamish (Interlake High School / 6:45 p.m.)
Lake Tapps at Three Rivers (Tri Cities) (Badger Mountain Park / 7:00 p.m.)
Roosevelt at Redmond (Marymoor Park – Fields 3/4 / 7:00 p.m.)
Mukilteo at Skagit Valley (Mt. Vernon High School / 7:00 p.m.)

Girls Division I
Roosevelt at Overlake (Overlake School / 4:45 p.m.)
Forest Ridge at Snohomish (Harvey Air Field – Snohomish / 5:00 p.m.)
Bainbridge at Garfield (Magnuson Park 4 / 5:30 p.m.)
Curtis at Lakeside (Lakeside Upper School / 6:00 p.m.)
Mercer Island at Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale School 6:00 p.m.)

Girls Division II
Auburn Mountainview at Klahowya (Klahowya Secondary School / 5:30 p.m.)
Ballard at Snohomish (Harvey Air Field – Snohomish / 6:30 p.m.)

About High School Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and in Washington State the sport has seen double-digit growth in five of the last seven years. In 2009, over 2,370 high school students representing 75 boys and 49 girls varsity and junior varsity teams in Washington state will compete in a nine-week season March – May with the annual Washington State High School Championships taking place May 16 (girls) and May 30 (boys). Varsity boys lacrosse is contested in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association (www.WHSBLA.org) with 14 Division I and 28 Division II teams. Varsity girls lacrosse is contested in The Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association (www.WSLAX.org) with 15 Division I and 16 Division II teams. Most of the teams represent high schools throughout the Puget Sound area.

For daily high school lacrosse results or to receive results through an RSS feed, please visit http://www.uslax-wa.org/media.html

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