Issaquah boys win 7th straight, take Division I lacrosse lead

ISSAQUAH, Wash. – Todd Jones scored four goals as Issaquah recorded their seventh straight league victory in a 15 – 1 Boys Division I lacrosse defeat of Lakeside, Tuesday at Issaquah High School. With the win, the Eagles jumped past Mercer Island for sole possession of first place.

From the opening draw, the Issaquah pressured Lakeside relentlessly, swarming to nearly every ground ball. Senior Connor McClain led the way for the Eagles, collecting 11 ground balls on the night lifting his season total to a league leading 52. His sound defensive work gave the Eagle offense an opportunity to pepper Lakeside goaltender Nick Canino with shot after shot.

A total of nine Issaquah players scored in the win with Jones finding the net first, converting on a strong Jordan Goldstein pass at 9:18 of the opening quarter to take an early 1-0 lead. Throughout the quarter, the Eagles beat the Lions with speed and sound stick skills, eventually scoring three more times to go up 4 – 0.

In the second, Jones again opened scoring converting midfielder Jake Director pass to a goal at 10:19 of the quarter. Following a Director goal just 47 seconds later, Jones connected for his third score of the night at 8:37. The Eagles found the net once more on a Nate Bean goal to take a comfortable 8 – 0 lead into the intermission.

“The most important thing about this win, was to have more than a few weapons,” said Jones, who had only eight goals on the season coming into the game, five of which came in the Eagles early April defeat of Mukilteo. “I went back to finishing well. Goldstein, Director and Goodman helped so much in getting me looks.”

In the second half, Issaquah again scored first, finding the net at 8:23 of third, before Lakeside junior attackman Hector Rhodes converted a David Jameison pass into the Lions’ only goal of the night.

“We tried our hardest and got outrun every step of the game,” said Rhodes, who leads the now 2-6-0 Lions in scoring with 14 goals on the season.

The Eagles went on to score three more in the third, including Jones’ fourth goal, and another three in the final stanza to close out the game.

On Friday, Issaquah will battle Mercer Island, who is also undefeated in league play at 6-0-0. The game gets underway at 8 p.m. at Mercer Island High School Stadium.

Scoring
Lakeside 0 0 1 0 — 1
Issaquah 4 4 4 3 — 15

Highlights: Todd Jones, IS, 4 goals, 1 assist; Connor McLain, IS, 11 ground balls; Hector Rhodes, L, 1 goal.

Boys Division I Playoff Watch: Issaquah (7-0-0), Mercer Island (6-0-0), Bainbridge (5-1-0), Curtis (4-2-0), Bellevue (4-2-0), Vashon (4-2-0), Skyline (4-2-0), Seattle Prep (3-4-0). On the Bubble: Northshore (3-3-0), Puyallup (2-4-0).

Boys Division II Playoff Watch:
Cascade Conference: Eastside Catholic (5-0-0), Lake Tapps (5-1-0), Three Rivers (4-3-0), Sammamish (3-3-0). On the Bubble: Selah (3-4-0)

Evergreen Conference: Redmond (7-0-0), Overlake (4-1-0), Snohomish (5-3-0), Blanchet (2-4-0). On the Bubble: Nathan Hale (2-4-0)

Olympic Conference: King’s Way (Vancouver, Wash.) (7-0-0), Tacoma (6-1-0), Klahowya (4-3-0), Stadium (3-3-0). On the Bubble: Port Angeles (2-6-0)

Skagit Conference: Mukilteo (7-0-0), San Juan (5-2-0), Stanwood (4-3-0), Lynnwood (4-3-0). On the Bubble: Whatcom (3-3-0)

Results for Tuesday, April 21

Boys Division I
Seattle Prep 8, Northshore 17 (Taylor Wisman, N, 6 goals, 2 assists; Patrick Slack, SP, 3 goals)
Lakeside 1, Issaquah 15 (Todd Jones, IS, 4 goals, 1 assist; Connor McLain, IS, 11 ground balls; Hector Rhodes, L, 1 goal)
Eastlake 2, Skyline 14 (Ethan Thomas, S, 4 goals; Calvin Wiley, S, 4 goals, 3 assists; Spencer Matches, S, 13 ground balls)

Boys Division II
Lynnwood 9, Stanwood 8 OT (Cameron Girgus, L, 4 goals, 3 assists; Alex Tindall, L, 3 goals, 1 assist)
Blanchet 2, Redmond 7 (Hunter MacDonald, R, 5 goals; Jake Bernstein, R, 11 ground balls)
Highline 2, Eastside Catholic 25 (David Carlton, EC, 7 goals, 4 assists, 6 ground balls; Kyle Decker, EC, 4 goals, 3 assists; Derek Erickson, H, 9 saves)
Overlake 8, Snohomish 7 OT (Joe Dolack, O, 2 goals; Sky Tweedie-Yats; 2 goals; Devon Schmidt, O, 11 ground balls)
Mukilteo 14, Whatcom 4 (Daniel Hernandez, W, 2 goals; Nate Regan, M, 4 goals, 4 assists; Chas Stringfellow, M, 4 goals).

Girls Division I
Nathan Hale 7, Forest Ridge 12 (Jilian Chong, FR, 6 goals, 2 assists, 8 ground balls; Burke Okrasinski, FR, 10 saves; Lara Sidhu, NH, 3 goals)
Seattle Prep 17, Garfield 10 (no highlights available)
Lakeside 18, Tacoma 5 (Sarah Pollnow, L, 4 goals, 1 assist; Sarah Adler, L, 15 saves)

Girls Division II
Holy Names 11, Ballard 6 (Elizabeth MacDonald, HN, 4 goals; Maddie Soukup, B, 3 goals; Hannah Breton, B, 12 saves)
Bainbridge 15, Bellevue East 6 (Nicole Miller, B, 5 goals; Morgan Moniz, B, 3 goals; Sophie Wolz, BE, 3 goals; Samantha Gunnerson, BE, 9 saves)
Issaquah 19, Tahoma 9 (Katelyn Mincin, IS, 6 goals, 1 assist, 4 ground balls: Callie Hahn, IS, 11 saves)

Games for Wednesday, April 22

Boys Division I
Curtis at Vashon (Vashon High School / 5:15 p.m.)
Garfield at Tahoma (Tahoma High School / 7:00 p.m.)
Bainbridge at Puyallup (Bonney Lake High School / 7:30 p.m.)
Mercer Island at Bellevue (Bellevue High School 8:00 p.m.)

Boys Division II
Skagit Valley at North County (Bender Fields / 5:00 p.m.)
South Kitsap at Tacoma (Cirque-Bridgeport Park / 5:00 p.m.)
Lake Tapps at Sammamish (Marymoor Park – Fields 3/4 / 5:15 p.m.)
North Kitsap at Klahowya (Klahowya Secondary School / 5:30 p.m.)
Nathan Hale at Roosevelt (Magnuson Park / 5:30 p.m.)

Girls Division I
Lake Sammamish at Roosevelt (Magnuson Park #2 / 4:00 p.m.)
Overlake at Snohomish (Harvey Air Field – Snohomish / 5:00 p.m.)
Bellevue at Curtis (Curtis High School Stadium / 5:30 p.m.)
Holy Names at Nathan Hale (Nathan Hale High School / 6:00 p.m.)
Mercer Island at Bainbridge (Bainbridge Stadium / 7:45 p.m.)
Overlake at Snohomish (Veteran’s Stadium – Snohomish / 8:00 p.m.)

Girls Division II
Lakeside at Holy Names (Magnuson Park #1 / 5:15 p.m.)
Kennedy at Lake Sammamish (Marymoor Park #9 / 5:30 p.m.)
Mercer Island at Bainbridge (Bainbridge Stadium / 6:15 p.m.)
North Kitsap 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 (http://www.whsbla.org/) with 14 Division I and 28 Division II teams. Varsity girls lacrosse is contested in The Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association (http://www.wslax.org/) with 15 Division I and 16 Division II teams. Most of the teams represent high schools throughout the Puget Sound area.

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