Mercer Island nets first girls state lacrosse title

SAMMAMISH, Wash. — Loreal Camp scored five goals and collected six ground balls to lead Mercer Island to a 14 – 8 win over Issaquah for the Islander’s first varsity girls state lacrosse championship, Saturday at Charlie Acosta Field on the campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Wash.

The Islander defense held Issaquah and the league’s second leading scorer Katie Mincin in check for most of the game to set the stage for its 14-goal blitz. Mincin, who averaged just over six goals per game in the regular season, beat Islander goaltender Helen Hansen just three times.

Mercer Island got down to business early as Camp took possession of a ground ball and drove deep into the Issaquah zone for the first of five unanswered goals by the Islanders. Issaquah finally got on the board with just 31 seconds remaining in the half to make it 5 – 1 at the intermission.

“We wanted to start the game fast and control the pace,” said Islander coach Tony D’Alessio, whose team launched 16 shots on Issaquah goaltender Teagan Cameron in the first half.

In the second, the Islanders again put the pressure on Cameron, as Camp grabbed the opening draw and marched in for the first of a four-goal Islander run to open the half.

“They’re hard to defend, it’s just tough to chase Loreal (Camp) and Sarah (Drucker) around the field,” said Issaquah midfielder Brittany Hogan.

At the mid-way point of the half, Issaquah finally took the Islanders off their game, scoring on five of eight shot attempts over the next six minutes to establish momentum.

“We got on a run. There was a drive to win,” said Hogan who had two of Issaquah’s five unanswered goals. The effort closed the gap to 11 – 7. But the Islanders held, netting three of the final four for a 9-goal half and the victory.

“My defense saved this game for me,” said MI goaltender Helen Hansen who recorded 25 saves – 17 in the second half. “They should get all of the credit.”

Scoring:
Issaquah 1 7 — 8
Mercer Island 5 9 — 14

Highlights: Loreal Camp, MI, 5 goals, 6 ground balls, 6 draw controls; Sarah Drucker, MI, 4 goals, 1 assist; Elizabeth Bachman, MI, 2 goals; Elena Skouras, MI, 2 goals; Ariana Lucia, MI, 1 goal; Clara Felker, MI, 6 caused turnovers; Helen Hanson, MI, 25 saves; Katie Mincin, IS, 3 goals; Brittany Hogan, IS, 2 goals, 7 ground balls; Brittany Hogan, IS, 2 goals; Meaghan Stratford, IS, 2 goals; Sidney Lee, IS, 1 goal; Teagan Cameron, IS, 14 saves)

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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