Overlake downs Eastside Catholic for first boys lacrosse title

31st Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships
Memorial Stadium, Seattle

SEATTLE – Overlake’s Devon Schmidt scored six goals and 12 ground balls to lead the Owls to their first boys lacrosse state championship in a 17 – 11 Division II defeat of Eastside Catholic, Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

Overlake used an aggressive transitional offense, firing 42 shots at freshman Eastside Catholic goaltender O’Neil Hughes to throw the Crusaders off their game. The game was the first state title appearance for Overlake in its 20-year history.

“This is an amazing win,” said senior George Dolack who scored three goals for the Owls. “After three years of losing in the first round of the playoffs we finally made it. The Redmond game was our biggest weapon,” said Dolack, referring to Overlake’s 12 – 7 loss to cross-town rival on March 25. “We had been playing well early in year. That loss felt horrible – it motivated us.”

Overlake came out of the gates hard with Sky Tweedie-Yates connecting beating Hughes just 51 seconds into the game and again nine seconds later give the Owls an early 2 – 0 lead.

Following a David Carlton goal at 10:35 to put the Crusaders on the board, Greg Safadago answered with his only goal of the night to send the Owl’s on a 4 – 1 run to close the first at 6 – 2.

In the second, with Overlake having extended their lead to 8 – 3, the Crusaders came marching back on a short-handed goal by Carlton, as the Crusaders scored four of the final five goals in the half close the gap to 9 – 7.

“It’s a game of runs. We had a run in the beginning and they hit us back,” said Overlake goaltender Chap Grubb. “After (Eastside Catholic’s) run, we came back and stopped them.”

In the third, Carlton, one of just four seniors for the Crusaders – who began playing the sport at Eastside Catholic just three years ago, opened scoring just 12 second into the half, but the Owls answered with four unanswered goals to extend their lead to 13 – 8.

In the fourth, the teams traded goals, but the Crusaders three nets weren’t enough as the Owls scored four of their won to cruise to the win.

“We were fighting to get momentum all night, but unfortunately it wasn’t there,” said Carlton who had seven goals, one assist and seven ground balls in his final game of his prep career.

Overlake 6 3 4 4 — 17
Eastside Catholic 2 5 1 3 — 11

Highlights: Devon Schmidt, OV, 6 goals, 2 assists, 12 ground balls; Sky Tweedie-Yates, OV, 3 goals, 5 assists, 4 ground balls; Scout Tweedie-Yates, OV, 3 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Joe Dolack, OV, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Greg Safadago, OV, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Bryce Remington, OV, 4 ground balls; Nick Wright, OV, 1 ground balls; Brandon D’Ewart, OV, 4 ground balls; Chapp Grubb, OV, 12 saves; David Carlton, EC, 7 goals, 1 assist, 7 ground balls; Kyle Decker, EC, 2 goals, 1 assist; Andrew Carlton, EC, 2 goals, 1 assist; Michael Rambaldini, EC, 10 ground balls; O’Neil Hughes, EC, 7 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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Caption: Eastside Catholic’s David Carlton charges toward the Overlake goal at the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships, Saturday. Overlake downed the Crusaders 11 – 7 to win their first boys state lacrosse title.

Credit: Charles Mauzy

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