Boys prep lacrosse state playoffs begin today

31st annual boys state championships set for Saturday, May 30

SEATTLE – The road to the 31st annual Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships begins today for the state’s top 16 boys Division II high school lacrosse teams as they square-off in opening round playoff action. Boys Division I playoff action gets underway next week.

In today’s opening round, Blanchet, the fourth-place team in the Evergreen Conference takes on Eastside Catholic. The Crusaders finished the season atop the Cascade Conference with a 12-0-0 league record and 14-1-0 overall. The game gets underway at 7:00 p.m. at the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.

Stanwood, which won its play-in game on Thursday, takes on Vancouver’s King’s Way. King’s Way finished the season at 12-0-0 in league play and 13-2-0 overall. The game gets underway at 7:00 p.m. at Vancouver’s Columbia High School.

Three Rivers, one of three eastern Washington teams competing in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association, takes on Evergreen Conference champion Overlake, which finished the season at 11-1-0 in the league play and 12-2-0 overall. The game gets underway at 6:00 p.m. at the Overlake School in Redmond.

The remaining opening round games in Division II take place on Saturday, while Division I play gets underway next week. Boys Division II bracket.

The Division II opening round winners advance to the state quarter- finals, Friday, May 22. The state semi-finals take place Wednesday, May 27 and the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships take place Saturday, May 30 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

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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Boys Division II Playoffs – Opening Round

Friday, May 15 – Opening Round
Blanchet at Eastside Catholic (Eastside Catholic School / 7:00 p.m.)
Stanwood at King’s Way (Vancouver, Wash.) (Columbia River High School / 7:00 p.m.)
Three Rivers (Tri Cities) at Overlake (Overlake School / 6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, May 16 – Opening Round
Sammamish at Redmond (Redmond High School / 1:00 p.m.)
Tacoma at Lynnwood (Edmonds Woodway High School / 5:00 p.m.)
San Juan at Stadium (Pro Development Center / 1:30 p.m.)
Snohomish at Lake Tapps (Bonney Lake High School / 7:30 p.m.)
Klahowya at Mukilteo (Mariner High School / 4:00 p.m.)

Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships
Division II Team-by-Team Preview


Cascade Conference

1. Eastside Catholic (12-0-0 / 14-1-0) Just in their third year of play, the Crusaders are led by senior midfielder David Carleton who is sixth in the league in scoring with 42 goals and 27 assists. Carleton has collected 59 ground balls this season… the Crusaders, which began play in 2007, are supported by their school’s athletic department.

2. Lake Tapps (10-2-0 / 12-2-0) Lake Tapps is led by senior Corey Carson who platoons between the attack and midfield positions… Carson is sixth in league scoring with 32 goals and 24assists… Carson has also collected 60ground balls… The club began play in 2006 and draws student-athletes from the Auburn, Sumner, Enumclaw and White River school districts.

3. Three Rivers (7-5-0 / 9-6-0) The Tri-Cities club is in its inaugural year of play and one of three Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association programs in Eastern Washington… Three Rivers is led by senior midfielder CJ Larson with 26 goals and 3 assists… Larson has collected 65 ground balls… the club draws student-athletes from Richland, Kennewick, Pasco, South Richland and Kamiakin High Schools.

4. Sammamish (7-5-0 / 8-6-0) Sammamish is in its third year of play and is led by junior midfielder Chris Wenzel with 15 goals and 2 assists. The Sammamish club draws student-athletes from the International Community School and the Bear Creek School.

Evergreen Conference

1. Overlake (11-1-0 / 12-2-0) The Overlake School in Redmond is led by senior attackman George Dolack who is the league’s fifth leading scorer with 42 goals and 27 assists… in 2008, Dolack received an honorable mention to the state All-Region team… Devon Schmidt leads the league in ground balls with 145… The Owls, which began boys lacrosse play in 1989, are supported by their school’s athletic department.

2. Redmond (11-1-0 / 12-1-0) Redmond is led by senior attackman Hunter McDonald. As the league’s 10th leading scorer, McDonald has tallied 31 goals and 1 assist this season… Five Redmond players were selected to the All-Region team in 2008… the Redmond club, which draws student-athletes from Juanita, Lake Washington and Redmond High Schools, began play in 1990 as Lake Washington.

3. Snohomish (8-4-0 / 8-7-0) Snohomish is one of six lacrosse programs in North King, Snohomish and Skagit Counties… Snohomish is led by junior Nathan Wirtz, who platoons at the midfield and attack positions, with 19 goals and 7 assists… Wirtz has collected 106 ground balls… Snohomish, which began play in 2002, draws student-athletes from Snohomish, Marysville-Pilchuck, Monore, Lake Stevens and Glacier Peak High Schools.

4. Blanchet (6-6-0 / 7-6-0) Offensively, Bishop Blanchet High School is led by sophomore midfielder Dylan Evans with 31 goals and 19 assists… in 2008, as a freshman, Evans was among three Blanchet players named to the All-Region team… defensively, the Braves are led by senior midfielder Nick Kruse who has collected 41 ground balls… Blanchet, which began play in 2007, is supported by its athletic department.

Olympic Conference

1. King’s Way (12-0-0 / 13-2-0) King’s Way School in Vancouver, Wash, is in just its second year of play… one of five programs in Eastern Washington, Southwest Washington and Skagit County to begin lacrosse play in the past two years… the Knights are led by sophomore attackman Zach Lindahl with 24 goals and 10 assists… Lindahl has collected 34 ground balls this season… King’s Way is supported by its school’s athletic department.

2. Stadium (9-3-0 / 10-3-0) Tacoma’s Stadium High School is led by senior midfielder Carter Chaffey with 30 goals and 6 assists… Chaffey has collected 59 ground balls this season… the Tigers began play in 2006 and are considered a club sport at their school.

3. Tacoma (8-4-0 / 9-5-0) Tacoma is led by senior attackman Bryce Johnson with 30 goals and 24 assists… Johnson has collected 45 ground balls this season… the Tacoma club, which began play in 2004, draws students from the Tacoma School District.

4. Klahowya (7-5-0 / 7-6-0) Located in Silverdale, Wash. the Eagles are led by senior midfielder Danny Zimny with 43 goals and 14assists… Zimny is second in the league in ground balls with 112… Zimny was named to the All-Region team in 2008… the Eagles lacrosse program, which began play in 2003, is supported by Klahowya’s athletic department.

Skagit Conference

1. Mukilteo (12-0-0 / 14-2-0) Mukilteo is led by the leagues eighth leading scorer, freshman midfielder Chas Stringfellow with 32 goals and 9 assists… Stringfellow has collected 38 ground balls this season… the Mukilteo club, which began play in 2003, draws student-athletes from the Mukilteo and Everett School Districts.

2. Lynnwood (8-4-0 / 11-5-0) In 2006, in just their second year of existence, the Lynwood club made it to the state Division II title game finishing as runner-up to Eastlake… Lynwood is led the league’s leading scorer, junior Trey Knowles with 45 goals and 15 assists… Knowles, who plays both attack and midfield, has collected 72 ground balls this season… sophomore Cameron Girgus, who platoons at attack and midfield, is the league’s fourth leading scorer with 42 goals, 35 assists and 65 ground balls… the Lynwood club, which began play in 2005, draws student-athletes from Edmonds and Shoreline School Districts.

3. San Juan (8-4-0 / 8-4-0) San Juan, located in Friday Harbor, is led by the league’s seventh leading scorer, Friday Harbor High School junior attackman Forest Dayton with 38 goals and 14 assists… Dayton has also collected 58 ground balls this season…San Juan, which began play in 2003, draws student-athletes from the Spring Street School and Friday Harbor High School.

4. Stanwood (6-6-0 / 6-6-0) Stanwood won its play-in game against Whatcom 10 – 3 to advance to the first round of the 2009 playoffs.. Stanwood is led by Stanwood High School senior Tucker Anderson who has produced 25 goals and 9 assists and 32 ground balls this season… Stanwood, which began play in 2005, draws from student-athletes at Stanwood, LaConner, Arlington and Lakewood High Schools.

31st Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Memorial Stadium – Seattle Center

12:00 p.m. 5-6 Regional Honor Game
1:00 p.m. 5-6 Regional Honor Game
2:00 p.m. Regional All-Star Game
3:00 p.m. Regional All-Star Game
5:00 p.m. Division II Finals
7:30 p.m. Division I Finals

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