Issaquah hangs-on, repeats as D1 boys state lacrosse champion

31st Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships
Memorial Stadium, Seattle

SEATTLE – Jordan Goldstein scored four goals as Issaquah ducked a late Mercer Island comeback to drop the Islanders 10 – 9 for their second consecutive Boys Division II lacrosse state championship, Saturday at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

The win avenged a 6 – 4 loss by the Eagles to Mercer Island on April 24 and kept the Islanders, who were making their eighth appearance in the state title game in the last nine years, out of the winners circle. “The win feels amazing,” said Goldstein, Issaquah’s leading scorer. “We wanted to come out and prove that we could play with Mercer Island. The win was a total group effort.”

Playing without the league’s leading scorer, Daniel Shields, who suffered a broken ankle prior to Islander’s semi-final win over Curtis, Mercer Island quickly fell behind 4 – 1 to an Issaquah squad determined to retain their state title.

In the second, the Islanders kept pace, scoring three, but still trailed the Eagles 8 – 4 at the half.

However, the second half was all Mercer Island.

Behind midfielder Conner Beckwith’s defensive play and eight ground balls, the Islanders notched the only goal of the third as Steven Caditz beat Eagle goaltender Cameron Danforth with just 12 seconds remaining in the quarter to bring the Islanders to within four. “We came out strong in the beginning but struggled in the end,” said Danforth who had six saves on the night.

In the fourth, following two Issaquah goals that extended the Eagle’s lead to 10 – 5, the Islanders staged a comeback that kept Issaquah’s quest for a repeat title in question up to the final shot.

With 7:52 left, the Islanders’ Michael Black, who was playing in place of the injured Shields, scored the first of four unanswered goals for the Islanders. Black found the net again at 6:43 and Connor Bernal scored his second of the night with 3:09 remaining to bring the game within two. With just 10 seconds left on the clock, Matthew Shields beat Danforth to bring the Islanders within one.

After fighting for possession on the following face-off, the Eagles senior Connor McClain was flagged for tripping, giving MI a man advantage and a final chance to tie the game.

As the clock ticked to zero, Danforth preserved the win, stopping Islander sophomore Doug Mahony’s last second shot. “He had a good look,” said Danforth. “You do everything you’re used to as a goalie (in that situation).”

With the state title, Issaquah captured their 10th straight win, finishing the season 15-1-0 in league play and 19-2-0 overall.

Scoring:
Issaquah 4 4 0 2– 10
Mercer Island 1 3 1 4 — 9

Highlights: Jordan Goldstein, IS, 4 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Jake Fritz, IS, 4 goals; Jake Director, IS, 2 goals; Tyler Lucas, IS, 5 ground balls; Connor McLain, IS, 4 ground balls; Riley Goodman, IS, 3 ground balls; Cameron Danforth, IS, 6 saves, 3 ground balls; Michael Black, MI, 2 goals; Doug Mahony, MI, 2 goals; Connor Bernal, MI, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Matthew Shields, MI, 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 ground ball; Johnathan Wettack, MI, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Steven Taylor, MI, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Steven Caditz, MI, 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 ground balls; Conner Beckwith, MI, 8 ground balls; Connor Raffety, MI, 2 ground balls.

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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Image Caption: Issaquah players rush the field celebrating the Eagles state title repeat with a 10 – 9 victory over Mercer Island, Saturday at the 31st Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.
Credit: David West
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