Boys State Championships: Defending champion Issaquah faces MI for boys D1 lacrosse title, Overlake, Eastside Catholic match-up in D2

SEATTLE – Defending state champion Issaquah High School is set to take-on perpetual boys lacrosse powerhouse Mercer Island in the first of two state title match-ups at the 31st Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships, Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

The Boys Division I game gets underway at 7:30 p.m. as Issaquah, winner of its first state title in 2008, takes-on Mercer Island, who is making its eighth trip to the state championship in the past nine years. The game features a total of 11 All-State selections.

The Islanders, who have won four state titles, finished the regular season at 13-0-0 and 16-4-0 overall and have the league’s second most productive offense, outscoring their opponents 248 to 199. In the state playoffs, Mercer Island defeated Vashon (18-0) and Curtis (19-4) to reach the title game.

Issaquah finished the regular season 12-1-0 in league play and 16-2-0 overall, suffering only a 6 – 4 league defeat at the hands of the Mercer Island on April 24. The Eagles, who have advanced to the state title game four times, bring the league’s most prolific offense to the game, outscoring their opponents, 227 to 82 during the regular season. In the state playoffs, Issaquah defeated Skyline (13 – 5) and Bainbridge Island (5 – 4) in overtime to reach the title game.
In the Division II game, Redmond’s Overlake School, with a student-body population of just 267, takes on Eastside Catholic, who began offering lacrosse just three years ago, at 5:00 p.m. The Division II game features 10 All-Conference selections.

Overlake is making its first trip to the boys state championship game in the 20-year history of its lacrosse program. The Owls finished the regular season11-1-0 in league play and 12-2-0 overall to lead the Evergreen Conference. Their only league loss came on March 25 in a 12 – 7 defeat by Redmond. In the state playoffs, Overlake defeated Three Rivers (15 – 4), Mukilteo (12 – 10) and King’s Way (10 – 6) to reach the title game.

In just their third year of play, Eastside Catholic is making their first trip to the state title game. In 2009, the Crusaders amassed a perfect 12-0-0 league record and 14-1-0 overall record to win the Cascade Conference outright. They outscored their opponents 241 to 67. The 174-point differential is the best of any Division I or II team. Eastside Catholic’s only loss came in a 16 – 7 non-league defeat of Division I Issaquah on May 2. In the state playoffs, Eastside Catholic defeated Bishop Blanchet (13 – 10), Stadium (13 – 3) and Redmond (13 – 10) to reach the state title game.

The games are preceded by two 5th / 6th grade regional honor games beginning at 12 noon and two regional all-star games beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Division II state title game gets underway at 5:00 p.m. with the Division I game immediately following at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 per person for the entire day and available at the gate. For more information visit http://www.uslax-wa.org/

WHAT: 31st annual Washington Boys Lacrosse State Championships

WHO: Division I: Mercer Island High School v. Issaquah High School
Division II: Overlake School v. Eastside Catholic School

WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 3009
12:00 p.m. 5th/ 6th Grade Regional Honor Game
1:00 p.m. 5th / 6th Grade 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 Overlake vs. Eastside Catholic
7:30 p.m. Division I Finals Issaquah vs. Mercer Island

WHERE: Memorial Stadium (Seattle Center), 401 Fifth Ave. North, Seattle, WA 98109

MEDIA: Credentials for accredited media available upon request via McQuaid & Co. Strategic Communications. Press row accommodations include tables, chairs and power.

TICKETS: $8 per person (for the full day – available at the gate)

WHO TO WATCH:
Issaquah:
Seniors Connor McClain, Jake Director and Jordan Goldstein were named First Team All-State in 2009. Junior Todd Jones and sophomore Jake Fritz were named to the Second Team and Sophomore Tyler Lucas received Honorable Mention. Goldstein, who will play in June’s US Lacrosse Senior Showcase game, is Issaquah’s leading scorer with 34 goals, 5 assists.

Mercer Island: 2009 All-American senior Daniel Shields and junior Conner Beckwith received First Team All-State honors in 2009. Juniors Hap Giraud and Connor Rafety, and senior Steven Caditz were named to the Second Team. Shields is MI’s leading scorer with 36 goals, and 36 assists.

Overlake: Juniors Chap Grubb, Sky Tweedie-Yates and Devon Schmidt along with senior George Dolack earned All-Evergreen Conference Honors, while junior Austin Remington received Honorable Mention in 2009. Dolack is the league’s fifth leading scorer with 42 goals and 27 assists. Schmidt leads the league in ground balls, an important defensive statistic, with 145.

Eastside Catholic: Sophomores Robert Pfluger and Kyle Decker and seniors Nick Pizzitola and David Carlton earned All-Cascade Conference Honors, while sophomore Mike Rambaldini earned Honorable Mention in 2009. Carlton is fourth in the league in scoring with 42 goals and 27 assists.

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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Media Contact:
Mike McQuaid
McQuaid & Co. Strategic Communications
206-262-7301
mike@mcquaidcompany.com

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