Undefeated Bainbridge takes-on Lakeside in girls prep lacrosse state title rematch, Saturday

Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championships
Saturday, May 16 – Eastside Catholic School

SEATTLE – Undefeated Bainbridge Island High School, the top seed Division I prep girls lacrosse team in Washington is set to take-on three-time defending state champion Lakeside, Saturday in one of two featured high school games at the 17th Washington Girls Lacrosse State Championships at the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Wash.

The Girls Division I game, a rematch of last year’s state title game, gets underway at 2 p.m., while the Girls Division II game between top seed Mercer Island and #3 Issaquah gets underway at 11 a.m. Both games are preceded by exhibition games of 7th and 8th grade girls beginning at 9:00 a.m.

In the Division I game, Bainbridge, which fell to Lakeside 8 – 9 in last year’s state title game, is stacked with five 2009 First Team All-State players and two Second Team players including senior Mariah Walk, who with 84 goals and 26 assists is the league’s second leading scorer. The Spartans are undefeated this season with 14 wins in the regular season. The road to the state championship game for the Spartans included a 24 – 4 quarter-final defeat of Lake Sammamish and a 23 – 5 semi-final defeat of Mercer Island.

Lakeside has three All-State selections on the first team and two on the second including senior midfielder Morgan Merriman, who has 34 goals and 13 assists on the season. Lakeside, which is 13-1-0 in the regular season, suffered their only loss at the hands of Bainbridge, an 8 – 10 decision on April 29 at Bainbridge Stadium. The two programs were among four high school teams in 1992 to first play girls lacrosse in Washington. The road to the state championship game for the Islanders included a 13 – 4 quarter-final win over Tacoma and a 14 – 10 semi-final win over Roosevelt.

In the Division II game, top seed Mercer Island’s lineup includes sophomore 2009 All-State selections Molly Nemerever and Loreal Camp. As a midfielder, Camp is the league’s fifth leading scorer with 54 goals and 29 assists in the regular season. The Islander’s road to the state title match-up came with an 18 – 10 quarter-final win over Bellevue East and 12 – 8 semi-final win over Snohomish. Mercer Island coach Tony D’Alessio shared 2009 Division II coach-of-the-year honors with Auburn-Mountainview coach John Tomasi.

Junior goaltender Teagan Cameron is the only All-State selection on the Issaquah roster. With six games played in the regular season, Cameron leads the league with a 70 percent save percentage stopping 101 of the 144 shots that she faced. Issaquah’s playoff wins include a 14 – 12 defeat of Eastside Catholic in the quarter-finals and a 13 – 9 semi-final win over Lakeside’s Division II team.

In their only matchup this season, Issaquah downed Mercer Island 15 – 12 on April 24 at Skyline High School.

WHAT: 17th annual Washington Girls Lacrosse State Championships

WHO: Division I: Lakeside School v. Bainbridge Island High School
Division II: Mercer Island v. Issaquah

WHEN: Saturday, May 16, 3009
9:00 a.m. 7th / 8th Grade Exhibition Games
11:00 a.m. Division II Finals
2:00 p.m. Division I Finals

WHERE: Eastside Catholic School
232-228th Avenue SE, Sammamish WA 98074

DIRECTIONS: http://eastsidecatholic.org/s/232/eastcatholic.aspx?

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.

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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mike@mcquaidcompany.com

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