Shields’ game winner lifts Islanders to Division I lacrosse lead

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — Daniel Shields scored the go-ahead goal at 9:55 of the fourth quarter to lift Mercer Island to sole possession of first place in Division I with a 6 – 4 boys lacrosse win over Issaquah, Friday evening at Islander Stadium on Mercer Island.

With the win over the defending state champions, the Islanders preserved their undefeated league record, advancing to 8-0-0 in league play and 10-4-0 overall. Issaquah dropped to second at 7-1-0 in league play and 9-2-0 overall.

The winning goal came at 9:51 of the final quarter, as Shields worked his way from behind the Issaquah cage and wrapped a quick shot past Eagles goaltender Cameron Danforth for his third score of the night.

“We knew that Issaquah was coming hard. They’re patient and have great ball movement. If you look away, they’re gone – straight behind you,” said Shields, whose fourth goal at 6:25 of the fourth secured the win for the Islanders. The goal gave him 26 on the season, just two behind the league leader, Sam Snow of Bainbridge Island. “This feels great. We needed this game,” he said.

Shields got scoring underway just 47 seconds into the game after the Islanders won the opening draw and immediately marched into the Issaquah zone. Working from behind the net, Shields curled around the front of the cage firing the game’s first shot past Danforth.

Just 67 seconds later, Issaquah’s Jordan Goldstein connected on the first of a three-goal Issaquah run to knot the game at one goal apiece.

Jake Director and Todd Jones then added goals to put the Eagles up 3 – 1 before Shields connected a second time with just 34 seconds left in the quarter to bring the Islanders within one.

In the second, the Islanders’ physical play and defense shut down Issaquah’s scoring threat. Despite several well executed possessions with crisp passing around the Islanders cage, the Eagles failed to put a shot past Islander goaltender Hap Giraud. The defensive effort set the stage for MI’s lone goal in the quarter. With 47 seconds remaining, Islander midfielder Steven Caditz converted on a Steven Taylor pass to even the game at three going into the intermission.

“MI did a great job defensively,” said Goldstein who scored two of for Eagles goals in the game. “If you hold a good team like Mercer Island to six goals you need to produce offensively. We just didn’t finish well tonight.”

In the third, with the Eagles playing one man up after MI’s Travis Leung was flagged for a penalty, Goldstein again found the net at 6:34 to put Eagles in the lead 4 – 3 and seemingly in control of their own destiny.

However, Issaquah couldn’t hold the lead as Caditz netted the Islanders’ fourth and tying goal at 5:41, setting the stage for the Islanders in the fourth.

Scoring
Issaquah 3 0 1 0 — 4
Mercer Island 2 1 1 2 — 6

Highlights: Daniel Shields, MI, 4 goals, 2 assists; Hap Giraud, MI, 11 saves; Jordan Goldstein, IS, 2 goals; Connor McClain, IS, 5 ground balls.

Results for Friday, April 24

Boys Division I
Garfield 2, Northshore 14 (Bowen Hadley, NS, 4 goals, 5 ground balls; Taylor Wisman, NS, 7 ground balls)
Tahoma 1, Bainbridge 17 (Sam Snow, B, 5 goals, 4 ground balls; Alex Crane, B, 9 ground balls)
Issaquah 4, Mercer Island 6 (Daniel Shields, MI, 4 goals, 2 assists; Hap Giraud, MI, 11 saves; Jordan Goldstein, IS, 2 goals; Connor McClain, IS, 5 ground balls)
Puyallup 5, Skyline 7 (Ethan Thomas, S, 3 goals; Spencer Matches, S, 13 ground balls)

Boys Division II
North County 0, Sammamish 13 (Chris Wenzl, S, 3 goals; Sam Chapman, S, 8 ground balls)
North Kitsap 0, Tacoma 24 (Bryce Johnson, T, 6 goals, 2 assists; Alex Stewart, 5 goals, 1 assist; Connor O’Brien, T, 9 ground balls; Niko Natalizio, T, 9 ground balls)
Klahowya 8, Stadium 9 (Alex Lineweaver, S, 2 goals, 12 ground balls; Dave Derouin, S, 2 goals, 1 assist; Martin Park, S, 2 goals, 7 ground balls; Carter Chaffey, S, 2 goals, 1 assist; Danny Zimny, K, 4 goals, 11 ground balls)
Redmond 16, Roosevelt 2 (Hunter MacDonald, RED, 5 goals; Will Miller, RED, 11 saves; Sean Shewey, RED, 8 ground balls)
Snohomish 10, Wenatchee 3 (Justin Jones, S, 2 goals; Justin Steranka, S, 2 goals; Nathan Wirtz, S, 2 goals, 2 assists, 11 ground balls; Thomas Bass, W, 6 saves)
Overlake 18, Nathan Hale 4 (George Dolack, O, 6 goals, 3 assists; Joe Dolack, O, 3 goals; Sam Osborn, NH, 2 goals; Spencer Adams, NH, 12 saves)
Three Rivers 11, Highline 6 (CJ Larson, TR, 5 goals; Paul Sisk, TR, 10 ground balls; Isaac Simpson, H, 4 goals, 6 ground balls)

Girls Division I
Snohomish 11, Seattle Prep 8 (Meaghan Hess, S, 5 goals; Taylor Cone, SP, 3 goals)
Mercer Island 18, Forest Ridge 11 (Caroline Mahoney, MI, 11 goals; Ellen Haas, MI, 3 goals; Erika Eagan, MI, 10 saves; Melina Harrang, FR, 3 goals; Jillian Chong, FR, 3 goals, 1 assist; Burke Okrosinski, FR, 10 saves )
Holy Names 13, Lake Sammamish 11 (Victoria Maxon, HN, 6 goals; Kaitlin Fithian, LS, 2 goals, 1 assist; Amanda Davis, LS, 2 goals, 5 ground balls; Kylie Neal, LS, 2 goals; Chloe Wham-Edmonds, LS, 2 goals, 1 assist; Kyra Sanders-Brillaut, LS, 12 saves)
Nathan Hale 10, Overlake 9 (Lara Sidhu, NH, 5 goals, 2 assists)
Roosevelt 3, Lakeside 16 (Morgan Merriman,L, 3 goals, 2 assists; Emmy Armintrout, L, 3 goals; Sylvia Warren, L, 3 goals; Hilary Painter, R, 2 goals)

Girls Division II
Snohomish 9, Wenatchee 5 (Wirtz, S, 2 goals, 2 assists; Sterenka, S, 2 goals; Jones, S, 2 goals; Bass, W, 7 saves)
Eastside Catholic 24, North Kitsap 5 (no highlights available)
Auburn Mountainview 9, Bellevue East 20 (Kristen Dick, A, 4 goals: Hannah Morse, A, 4 goals; Katie Burkhauser, A, 13 saves; Sophie Wolz, BE, 7 goals, 1 assist)
Ballard 4, Lakeside 15 (Madeleine Hurlbut, L, 4 goals; Lauren Clemett, L, 3 goals; Jayne Barnes, B, 2 goals)
Mercer Island 12, Issaquah 15 (Sara Drucker, MI, 5 goals, 2 assists; Helen Hansen, MI, 16 saves; Katelyn Mincin, IS, 7 goals, 1 assist; Teagan Cameron, IS, 18 saves)

Games for Saturday, April 25

Boys Division I
Southridge at Eastlake (Skyline #1 and #2 / 3:00 p.m.)
Southridge at Skyline (Skyline High School / 6:00 p.m.)
Seattle Prep at Curtis (Curtis High School / 8:00 p.m.)

Boys Division II
Three Rivers (Tri Cities) at Franklin (Franklin High School 12:00 p.m.)
Selah at Lake Tapps (Sumner High School / 1:30 p.m.)
Lynnwood at San Juan (Friday Harbor High School / 2:00 p.m.)
Roosevelt at Wenatchee (Westside High School / 2:00 p.m.)
King’s Way (Vancouver, Wash.) at Port Angeles (Roosevelt Elementary / 3:00 p.m.)

Girls Division I
Next Games Monday, April 27

Girls Division II
Issaquah and Wenatchee (Westside High School, Wenatchee / 12:00 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.

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