San Juan downs Whatcom in boys lacrosse, locks up second in Skagit Conference

FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Forest Dayton and Isaac Taylor each scored three goals to lead San Juan to a 13-6 Boys Division II high school lacrosse win over Whatcom in their regular season finale, Saturday at Friday Harbor High School. 

The win lifted San Juan to 8-4-0 and guaranteed them second place in the Skagit Conference.  With the loss, Whatcom dropped to 5-6-0. 

Whatcom struck first as Daniel Hernandez connected for his only goal of the game at 7:26 of the first.  But San Juan retaliated just 23 seconds later as Dylan Galligan won the following draw and marched-in on Whatcom goaltender Curtis McFadden to knot the game at one.  San Juan connected again with just 24 seconds remaining in the first on an unassisted shot by Forest Dayton. 

In the second, Dayton scored again, connecting just 11 seconds into the period for the first of a three-goal run by San Juan.  Following a Jake David net at 5:54 for Whatcom’s second goal, Isaac Taylor connected at 3:23 to give San Juan a 6 – 2 advantage at the half. 

Following the intermission, San Juan got down to business scoring two goals within the first 1:28 of the second half.  But it was defenseman Michael Ausilio that fired-up San Juan, setting the tone for the remainder of the game.  

After grabbing a ground ball in the Whatcom zone, Ausilio rumbled up to midfield and dished the ball off.  When the ball came back to him, Ausilio charged in on McFadden, beating him on the right, non stick side for his first goal of the season.  

“That really fired up the guys – it was really the capper,” said San Juan coach Rob Cuomo.  “At that point we said, ‘no penalties.  If we play smart we’ll be OK.” 

Wenatchee retaliated with three goals of their own, to narrow San Juan’s lead to 9 – 5 but never got any closer as Dayton connected for his third of the night to round out the quarter and, backed San Juan went on to score three of the fourth quarter’s four goals to put the game out of reach. 

Cuomo credited the success of the San Juan offense to junior goaltender Calen Mehrer, who stopped 14 of 20 Whatcom shots, including nine in the first half.  “Calen played the angles so well today.  He stopped a lot of goals with his body.  He was in the right place at the right time,” he said.  “When he’s playing well, they know they have an ace in the hole.” 


Whatcom                   1  1  3  1    6

San Juan                  2  4  4  3 — 13        

Highlights: Forest Dayton, SJ, 3 goals, 4 assists; Isaac Taylor, SJ, 3 goals, 1 assist; Ryan Guard, SJ, 2 goals; Calen Mehrer, SJ, 14 saves; Patrick Cassidy, W, 2 goals; Eli Davis, W, 2 goals; Curtis McFadden, W, 7 saves. 

Results for Saturday, May 9 

Boys Division I

Lincoln (Oregon) 14, Bainbridge 9 (Alex Crane, B, 3 goals; Bryce Stevenson, B, 15 saves; Peter Baum, L, 5 goals, 2 assists)

Issaquah 11, Tahoma 4 (Jordan Goldstein, IS, 5 goals; Nate Bean, IS, 2 goals, 1 assist)


Boys Division II

Whatcom 6, San Juan 13 (Forest Dayton, SJ, 3 goals, 4 assists; Isaac Taylor, SJ, 3 goals, 1 assist; Ryan Guard, SJ, 2 goals; Calen Mehrer, SJ, 14 saves; Patrick Cassidy, W, 2 goals; Eli Davis, W, 2 goals; Curtis McFadden, W, 7 saves)

Blanchet 13, Wenatchee 2 (Dylan Evans, B, 6 goals, 2 assists; Phil Johnston, B, 4 goals, 1 assists; John Vandenberg, B, 3 goals; Will Massart, B, 12 saves; Conner Tidd, W, 1 goal, 8 ground balls; Rawley Holmberg, W, 1 goal;  Thomas Bass, W, 12 saves)

Eastside Catholic 15, Three Rivers (Tri Cities) 2 (David Carlton, EC, 4 goals, 1 assist; Kyle Decker, EC, 2 goals; Christian Johnson, EC, 2 goals; Max Saffle, EC, 2 goals; Giovani Midili, TR, 1 goal; Alex McKay, TR, 1 goal; Scott Gallagher, TR, 20 saves)

Franklin 0, Lake Tapps 22 (Corey Carson, LT, 5 goals, 3 assists; Ian Ditty, LT, 7 ground balls; Matt Nordlie, LT, 6 ground balls; Gabriel Young, F, 5 ground balls; Michael Ingles, F, 17 saves)

Sammamish 6, Selah 5 (Tyler Wright, S, 1 goal, 1 assist; Alex Cornell, SAM, 1 goal; JT Farmer, S, 1 goal; Brian Headland, S, 1 goal; Neil Hones, S, 1 goal; Christian Paxton, S, 1 goal; Weston Ritts, SEL, 2 goals, 1 assist; Wade Floyd, SEL, 2 goals; Sam Marquis, SEL, 14 saves)

Snohomish 5, Redmond 12 (Tyler Dougherty, R, 4 goals, 1 assist; Justin Jones, S, 2 goals, 1 assist; Nathan Wirtz, S, 13 ground balls; Danielson 17, S, 14 saves)

King’s Way 21, North Kitsap 3 (Jordan Friesen, KW, 6 goals, 2 assists; Brock Beall, KW, 6 goals, 3 assists; Alex Garwood, KW, 15 ground balls; Nicholas Stevens,NK, 1 goal;  Ryan Perez, NK, 1 goal; Jake Icard, NK, 1 goal; Ian Brown, NK, 17 saves)


Girls Division I



Girls Division II



Games for Monday, May 11


Boys Division II Regular Season

Klahowya at South Kitsap (Hidden Creek Elementary / 6:00 p.m.)


Girls Division I Quarter-Final Playoffs

#8 seed (yet to be determined) at #1 Bainbridge Island High School (Bainbridge Stadium / 7:30 p.m.)

#7 Tacoma at #2 Lakeside (Lakeside Upper School / 5:45 p.m.)

#6 Snohomish at #3 Roosevelt (Magnuson Park #4 / 5:30 p.m.)

#5 Mercer Island at #4 Holy Names (Magnuson Park #4 / 5:45 p.m.)


Girls Division II Quarter-Final Playoffs

#7 Bainbridge at #2 Lakeside (Bainbridge Stadium / 5:30 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 ( with 14 Division I and 28 Division II teams.  Varsity girls lacrosse is contested in The Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association ( 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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