US Lacrosse Washington High School Players of the Week (March 29 – April 4): Issaquah, Snohomish, Bellevue, Overlake players named

April 9, 2010

Caption: Issaquah High School junior Jake Fritz (purple #4) was named US Lacrosse – Washington High School Player of the Week in Boys Division I for March 29 – April 4.
Credit: Brian Hamilton

US Lacrosse Washington High School Players of the Week (March 29 – April 4): Issaquah, Snohomish, Bellevue, Overlake players named

SEATTLE – Issaquah High School junior Jake Fritz, Snohomish High School senior Ryan McAlister, along with Bellevue High School senior Merielle Moffatt and Overlake School senior Ceci Votta were named by US Lacrosse as Washington High School Players of the Week for the week of March 29 – April 4.

Boys Division I

Jake Fritz
Issaquah, Wash. – Junior, Attack, Issaquah High School

Issaquah High School junior Jake Fritz was the top boys high school lacrosse player for the 20 Division I teams during the Week of March 29 – April 4. Fritz, who plays at the attack position, helped the state champion Eagles to a perfect 3-0 record in its road swing through Colorado high schools last week, finishing the week with 14 points, scoring 13 goals and 1 assist.

In Issaquah’s 11-5 win over Castle View on Tuesday, the 6-1, 175 pound Fritz scored 5 goals and grabbed a ground ball. On Thursday, Fritz scored 5 goals and an assist as the Eagles dominated Littleton High 13 – 4. He finished the week scoring 3 goals and added 3 ground balls in the Eagles 9-8 win over Columbine High School on Friday.

At Issaquah High, Fritz maintains a 3.38 GPA. A two-sport athlete, he played receiver as a freshman on the Eagles JV football squad. In lacrosse, overcoming obstacles is a part of the game. For Fritz, who just one week after winning the state title as a freshman, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes, a disease that he shares with his older brother – Eagles senior goalie Erik Fritz, the challenge is a part of life. In the community – like lacrosse, Fritz embraces the challenges of others. He was selected as a student leader among his teammates for Issaquah’s Friday Night Lightning program, which teaches the fundamentals and traditions of the game of lacrosse to local 3rd through 6th graders. Fritz also volunteers with his teammates at the Issaquah Food Bank. During the critical Thanksgiving weekend, Fritz and his lacrosse teammates assembled over 100 food packages for Issaquah families in need.

Boys Division II

Ryan McAlister
Snohomish, Wash. — Senior, Attack, Snohomish High School

Snohomish High School senior Ryan McAlister was the top lacrosse performer among the 29 Boys Division II high school teams in eastern and western Washington. McAlister opened the week scoring 5 goals and an assist in Snohomish’s 12 – 6 win over Woodinville on Tuesday. The 6-1, 185 pound McAlister scored another goal on Friday as his team dropped a 10 – 6 decision over Division I Mukilteo.

A two-sport athlete at Snohomish, McAlister helped the Panthers football squad advance to the qualifying round of the state tournament in 2009 as a starting cornerback. McAlister is active in ASB, is an office TA with the counseling staff at Snohomish High School and volunteers with the Snohomish Food Bank. After high school, McAlister plans to enlist in the US Airforce, following a tradition of military service set by his older brother Brandon, who will see deployment to Iraq for the first time this summer through the Army National Guard.

Girls Division I

Merielle Moffatt
Bellevue, Wash. — Senior, Midfield, Bellevue High School

Bellevue High School senior Merielle Moffatt was the top female high school lacrosse player among the state’s 14 Division I programs. Moffatt, who plays at the midfield position, finished the week with 15 points as Bellevue downed Holy Names 15 – 13 and played to an 18 – 18 tie against rival Seattle Prep. In Tuesday’s win over the Cougars, Moffatt scored 8 goals and an assist, collected 2 ground balls and commanded 4 draw controls. On Thursday, Moffatt again produced for the Wolverines scoring 5 goals and contributed an assist a ground ball and 2 draw controls.

Moffatt is a three-sport standout at Bellevue, serving as team captain as a senior in cross country, gymnastics and lacrosse. As a harrier she earned two varsity letters and in gymnastics she is a three-year letter-winner. In 2009, she advanced to district competition in the vault. In lacrosse she won three letters and earned First Team All-State Honors in 2009 with the Wolverines Division I squad and in 2008 with the Division II squad. Moffatt maintains a 3.33 GPA and is actively involved in her community through Bellevue High School’s student environmental club – Earthbound.

Girls Division II

Ceci Votta
Redmond, Wash. – Senior, Goaltender, The Overlake School

First-year goalkeeper Ceci Votta of The Overlake School was stellar in net as the top high school lacrosse player among the 29 Girls Division II teams in eastern and western Washington for the week of March 29 – April 4. Her exceptional play helped the Owls add two wins for a perfect 6-0-0 record. On Monday, the senior stopped 19 shots as Overlake upended Eastside Catholic 16 – 11. On Wednesday, the 5-5, 150 pound Votta was again stellar between the pipes as she stopped 12 shots in Overlake’s 19 – 10 win over Bellevue. With the league’s top win-loss record (6-0-0) and saves (59), Votta has accumulated the fourth best save percentage (.652%) in Girls Division II play this season.

Along with lacrosse, Votta is a standout goalkeeper on the soccer pitch. With Votta in net, the Owls have made four consecutive state soccer tournament appearances. Her soccer awards include Seattle Times athlete of the week honors in both her freshman and sophomore years, First Team All-League 1A as a Junior and Senior and Second Team as a freshman and a sophomore. As a frosh, she was also named runner-up as Emerald City League Rookie of the Year. Votta maintains a 3.38 GPA and is active in politics, government and foreign affairs through the Redmond school’s Junior State of America chapter. In college, she plans to pursue studies in neuroscience and bio-medical engineering with a focus on how diseases physically show themselves within the human neurosystem.

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 six of the last eight years. In 2010, over 2,700 high school students representing 83 boys ( and 55 girls ( varsity and jv teams in eastern and western Washington compete in a nine-week season March – May. The annual Boys and Girls Washington State High School Championships take place in late May.

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