Undefeated Bainbridge, Mercer Island meet Saturday in boys prep lacrosse

April 16, 2009

SEATTLE – Washington state’s most enduring prep lacrosse rivalry renews Saturday, April 18 as Bainbridge Island and Mercer Island square off at 8 p.m. in the 17th annual boys varsity matchup at Mercer Island High School.

The annual match-up, recognized as the biggest high school lacrosse rivalry on the west coast by US Lacrosse’s “Lacrosse Magazine”, annually attracts an estimated 1,000 spectators.

Bainbridge (5-0-0 / 7-0-0) and Mercer Island (5-0-0 / 7-4-0) are locked in a three-way tie for first place in Boys Division I.

Since 2001, both Bainbridge and Mercer Island have faced each other in the state championship five times and at least one of the schools has been involved in the state title game each of the past 18 years.

The varsity boys match-up caps a full day of seven lacrosse games between Bainbridge and Mercer Island programs including Varsity, JV and Frosh/Sophomore games to youth games of 3rd through 8th graders.

The games run from 12 noon – 4 p.m. at Islander Middle School and 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Mercer Island High School’s Islander Stadium.

WHAT 17th Annual Boys Prep Lacrosse Rivalry between Bainbridge Island High School and Mercer Island High School

WHO Bainbridge Island High School at Mercer Island High School

WHEN 8:00 p.m., Saturday, April 18, 2009

WHERE Mercer Island High School Stadium
9100 SE 42nd Street, Mercer Island, Wash. 98040

THE RIVALRY
· Recognized by US Lacrosse’s Lacrosse Magazine (April 2007) as the biggest prep lacrosse rivalry on the west coast
· Until 2008, either a Mercer Island or Bainbridge boys team has won a state title since 1994 (15 years)
· Since 2001, Mercer Island and Bainbridge have faced each other five times in the state championship game
· An estimated 1,000 spectators turn-out for the game each year
· Current Bainbridge coaches Jack Visco and Dejon Hush coached Mercer Island (1999-2001)
· Bainbridge Island High School was one of the first six varsity lacrosse programs in Washington state, beginning play in 1989. Mercer Island began play in 1993.
· Dubbed by locals as the “Island War”

WHO TO WATCH
Mercer Island’s leading scorer, Daniel Shields (senior / attack), a second-team All-State selection in 2008, leads the league in points (32) with 16 goals and 16 assists… Bainbridge Island’s leading scorer, Sam Snow (senior / attack), a first-team All-State selection in 2008, is eighth in the league in points (18) with 7 goals and 11 assists… Bainbridge Dugan McDermott (senior / defense) is fourth in the league in ground balls with 32… Mercer Island’s Steven Caditz (senior / midfield) is seventh with 30 ground balls… Islander goaltender Hap Giraud (junior / goal) ranks seventh in the league in save percentage (58.8 percent) with a 4.0 goals against average… Spartans goaltender and Bryce Stevenson (senior / goal), a first team All-State selection in 2008, ranks eighth in save percentage (57.1 percent).

Full Schedule of Games for Bainbridge Island vs. Mercer Island

Venue: Mercer Island High School

8:00 p.m. Varsity Boys Game (MIHS Stadium)
6:00 p.m. JV Boys Game (MIHS Stadium)
4:00 p.m. Frosh / Sophomore Game (MIHS Stadium)
4:00 p.m. 5th / 6th Grade Game 2 (Upper North Field)
2:00 p.m. 5th / 6th Grade Game 1 (Upper North Field)

Venue: Islander Middle School

4:00 p.m. 7th / 8th Grade Game
2:00 p.m. 7th / 8th Grade Game
12:00 noon 7th / 8th Grade Game
12:00 noon 3rd/4th Grade Game

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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Media Contact:
Mike McQuaid
McQuaid & Co. Strategic Communications
206-262-7301
mike@mcquaidcompany.com

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