Issaquah, MI win D1 semis, Eastside Catholic, Overlake win D2 semis, advance to boys state lacrosse championships

SEATTLE – Defending state champion Issaquah and Mercer Island each won their Division I semi-finals while Eastside Catholic and Overlake won their Division II semis to advance to Saturday’s 31st annual Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship games at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

Issaquah returned to the Boys Division I state championship after downing Bainbridge 5 – 4 in overtime at Issaquah High School while MI, with a 19 – 4 win over Curtis at Mercer Island High School, earned their eighth berth in nine years in the state title game.

In the Division II semi-finals, Eastside Catholic downed Redmond 13 – 10 at the Eastside Catholic School while Overlake scored an upset win over King’s Way in Vancouver, Wash.

Division I Semi-Finals

Curtis 4, Mercer Island 19
MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — Mercer Island advanced to Saturday’s Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship Game with a 19 – 4 Division I semi-final win over Curtis, Wednesday at Mercer Island High School. The Islanders will take on defending state champion, Issaquah, who defeated Bainbridge 5 – 4 in overtime in their semi-final. It is the Islanders’ eighth trip to the state championship game in the past nine years.

The Islanders, who were led by sophomore Mathew Shields with five goals, dominated early, going on a 10 – 0 run that spanned deep into the second quarter before Taylor Dean put Curtis on the board with 3:50 remaining.

Just 16 seconds later, Shields countered with two goals in 11 seconds to give MI a 12 – 1 advantage. Following two Curtis goals by Landon Carr, Shields scored again with 1:58 remaining to send the Islanders into the intermission with 13 – 3 lead.

In the third, the Islanders again dominated, scoring four unanswered goals before Curtis found the net on a Taylor Dean shot at 2:59.

MI scored once more in the third and added a solo in the fourth to cruise to the win and their eighth berth in the state title game.

Scoring:
Curtis 0 3 1 0 — 4
Mercer Island 6 7 5 1 – 19

Highlights: Mathew Shields, MI, 5 goals, 1 assist; Steven Caditz, MI, 4 goals, 1 assist; John Wettack, MI, 3 goals, 2 assists; Connor Bernal, MI, 3 goals, 1 assist; Hap Giraud, MI, 6 saves; Taylor Dean, C, 2 goals; Landon Carr, C, 2 goals; Mitchell Homeyer, C, 7 saves.

Bainbridge 4, Issaquah 5 OT
ISSAQUAH, Wash. – In a rematch of last year’s state championship, Issaquah again prevailed in dramatic fashion with a 5 – 4 overtime Boys Division I semi-final win over Bainbridge, Wednesday at Issaquah High School. The win sent the defending state champion Eagles back to the state title game, where they will take on Mercer Island on Saturday. The Islanders dropped Curtis 19 – 4 in their semi-final.

The winning goal came at 2:13 of the overtime period after Issaquah’s Connor McClain forced a turnover deep in the Issaquah zone. Eagles’ midfielder Evan Greenhall scooped up the ground ball and scampered 50 yards up the right wing and placed a pass nicely on the stick of Kevin Powers. Outwitting the defense, Powers turned and beat Spartan goaltender Bryce Stevenson with a stick-side bouncer for the win.

Bainbridge controlled the game early, outscoring the Eagles 2 – 1 in the first on two goals by All-American Sam Snow. In the second, the two teams traded goals giving the Spartans a 3 – 2 half-time advantage.

In the third, Issaquah’s Connor McClain and Todd Jones each found the net to put the Eagles up 4 – 3. But Bainbridge, behind stellar goaltending by Stevenson, tied the game on a Bjorn Osterson goal at 6:46 remaining in the fourth.

Stevenson had 20 saves in goal for Bainbridge.

Scoring:
Bainbridge 2 1 0 1 0 — 4
Issaquah 1 1 2 0 1 – 5

Highlights: Todd Jones, IS, 2 goals, Jake Director, IS, 1 goal, Connor McClain, IS, 1 goal, 6 ground balls; Kevin Powers, IS, 1 goals; Cameron Danforth, IS, 6 saves; Sam Snow, B, 2 goals, Kevin Nguyen, B, 1 goal; Bjorn Ostenson, B, 1 goal; Bryce Stevenson, B, 20 saves.

Division II Semi-Finals

Redmond 10, Eastside Catholic 13
SAMMAMISH, Wash. — Andrew Carlton scored four goals as Eastside Catholic downed Redmond 13 – 10 in its Boys Division II semi-final at Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish to send the Crusaders to Saturday’s state championship game with Overlake.

After taking a 3 – 2 lead at the end of the first quarter, the Crusaders burst forth with six goals in the second to take a 9 – 3 lead into half-time.

In the third, Redmond and Eastside Catholic each scored three. But, following an early Crusaders goal in the fourth, Redmond fought back with a Jake Bernstein goal at 7:46 and three by Tyler Dougherty. His last came with just 43 seconds remaining.

O’Neil Hughes had eight saves for the Crusaders and Nicco Shewey had 10 saves for Redmond. Redmond is only the second team to score more than nine goals on the Crusaders this season.

Scoring:
Redmond 2 1 3 4 — 10
Eastside Catholic 3 6 3 1 — 13

Highlights: Andrew Carlton, EC, 4 goals, 3 assists; Michael Rambaldini, EC, 3 goals; Kyle Decker, EC, 2 goals, 2 assists; David Carlton, EC, 1 goal, 4 assists, 11 ground balls; O’Neil Hughes, EC, 8 saves; Tyler Dougherty, R, 4 goals; Jake Bernstein, R, 2 goals, 1 assist; Harrison Valentine, R, 2 goals; Barry McDonough, R, 6 ground balls; Nicco Shewey, R, 10 saves.

Overlake 10, King’s Way 6
VANCOUVER, Wash. – Sky Tweedie-Yates’ hat trick helped lift Overlake to a 10 – 6 Boys Division II semi-final upset over King’s Way, Wednesday at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Wash. The win sent Overlake into Saturday’s state championship to face high-scoring Eastside Catholic.

King’s Way scored the lone goal in the first, but Overlake came charging back in the second, outscoring the Knights 4 – 2 to take a 4 – 3 lead into halftime. In the third, Overlake broke the game open connecting for four unanswered goals to take an 8 – 3 lead. In the fourth, King’s Way battled back with three of their own, but fell short.

Chap Grubb had 16 saves in goal for the Owls, while Max Amondson had 19 saves for the Knights.

Scoring:
Overlake 0 4 4 2 — 10
King’s Way 1 2 0 3 — 6

Highlights: Sky Tweedie-Yates, OV, 3 goals, 2 assist; George Dolack, OV, 2 goals, 1 assist; Scout Tweedie-Yates, OV, 2 goals; Devon Schmidt, OV, 1 goal, 2 assists, 13 ground balls; Chap Grubb, OV, 16 saves; Zach Lindahl, KW, 2 goals, 1 assist; Jordan Goodspeed, KW, 1 goal, 1 assist; Jordan Friesen, KW, 1 goal; Brock Beall, KW, 1 goal, 2 assists; Max Amondson, KW, 19 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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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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Image Caption: Issaquah’s Todd Jones fires a shot past Bainbridge defenders in Wednesday’s Boys Division I high school lacrosse semi-final. Issaquah won the game 5 – 4 in overtime to send the defending state champions back to the state title game.
Image Credit: Charles Mauzy / Issaquah Youth Lacrosse
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