Wednesday’s prep lacrosse semi-finals to determine boys state match-ups

SEATTLE – Match-ups for Saturday’s 31st annual Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships will be decided Wednesday in the Division I and II state-semifinals.

In Boys Division I play, Curtis takes-on Mercer Island at 7 p.m. at Mercer Island’s Islander Stadium and Bainbridge Island battles Issaquah in a 7 p.m. game at Issaquah High School.

In Boys Division II play, Redmond takes-on Eastside Catholic at 7 p.m. at the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Wash. and Redmond’s Overlake School travels to Vancouver, Wash. to take-on King’s Way High School. The game gets underway at 8 p.m. at Columbia River High School.

Division I Semi-Finals

Curtis at Mercer Island (Mercer Island High School / 7:00 p.m.)

In the first Division I semi-final, Curtis, which finished fourth in the regular season with a 9-4-0 league record and 11-5-0 overall, will have their hands full with Mercer Island. The Vikings’s roster includes All-American and First Team All-State midfielder Landon Carr, Second Team All-State attackman Taylor Dean along with Devin Cavanaugh, who received Honorable Mention in All-State balloting.

The Islanders, which finished the regular season at 13-0-0 and 16-4-0 overall, have the league’s second most productive offense, outscoring their opponents 248 to 199. MI carries All-American Daniel Shields on its roster along with Conner Beckwith, who along with Shields received First Team All-State honors and three Second Team All-State selections (Hap Giraud, Connor Rafety, Steven Caditz). The Islanders have been to the state championship game seven times including their last appearance in 2007. The Islanders won it all in 2006, 2005, 2004 and 2001.

Bainbridge at Issaquah (Issaquah High School / 7:00 p.m.)
The second semi-final is a rematch of last year’s state championship game. Issaquah, which finished the season 12-1-0 in league play and 16-2-0 overall, brings the league’s most prolific offense to the game. The Eagles, led by three First Team All-State selections (Connor McClain, Jake Director, Jordan Goldstein) and two Second-Team players (Todd Jones, Jake Fritz) and Honorable Mention Tyler Lucas, have outscored their opponents, 227 to 82 during the regular season. Their only league loss was a 6 – 4 defeat at the hands of the Mercer Island on April 24. Issaquah has advanced to the state title match three times, winning it all in 2008 in an 11 – 8 upset of the Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge is one of the most successful programs in the state. The Spartans, who boast three First Team All-State selections (2009 All-American Sam Snow, Bryce Stevenson, Dugan McDermot) and Second-Team All-State selection Kevin Nguyen, finished the season 11-2-0 in league play and 13-3-0 overall for third place. In league play, the Spartans lost only to Issaquah and Mercer Island. The Spartans have been to the state title game 16 times. Their most recent state championship came in a 2007 defeat of Mercer Island.

Division II Semi-Finals

Redmond at Eastside Catholic (Eastside Catholic School / 7:00 p.m.)

In the first semi-final, Redmond, which finished the season at 11-1-0 in league play and 12-1-0 overall tied with Overlake atop the Evergreen Conference, takes on Eastside Catholic, which has produced more goals in 2009 than any other boys lacrosse team in the state. Redmond, whose roster includes three All-Evergreen Conference selections (Sean Shewey, Harrison Valentine, Tyler Dougherty) and Honorable Mention Clement Signoretty, finished the season 11-1-0 in league play and 12-1-0 overall. Their only loss came at the hands of Overlake on May 12.

In just their third year of play, the Eastside Catholic amassed a perfect 12-0-0 league record and 14-1-0 overall record to win the Cascade Conference outright. In 2009, the Crusaders, whose roster includes four All-Cascade Conference selections (Robert Pfluger, Nick Pizzitola, David Carlton, Kyle Decker) and Honorable Mention Mike Rambaldini, outscored their opponents 241 to 67. The 174-point differential is the best of any Division I or II team this season. Eastside Catholic’s only loss came in a 16 – 7 non-league defeat of Division I Issaquah on May 2.

Overlake at King’s Way (Columbia River High School / 8:00 p.m.)
In the second semi, Overlake takes on King’s Way of Vancouver, Wash. Overlake finished 11-1-0 in league play and 12-2-0 overall to lead the Evergreen Conference. The Owls roster includes four All-Evergreen Conference (Chap Grubb, Sky Tweedie-Yates, George Dolack, Devon Schmidt) and Honorable Mention Austin Remington. Overlake’s only loss came on March 25 with a 12 – 7 defeat by Redmond.

In just their second season of existence, King’s Way finished with a perfect 12-0-0 record in league play and 13-2-0 overall to lead the Olympic Conference. The Knights, whose roster includes four All-Olympic Conference selections (Max Amondson, Eric Hoeffner, Brock Beall, Jordan Goodspeed) outscored their opponents 183 to 76 in the regular season.

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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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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