Washington State Division II Girls Lacrosse State Championship: Foreman’s 9 goals leads Eastside Catholic over Kennedy for first girls lacrosse state championship

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Caption:  Eastside Catholic’s Alex Foreman (#34 blue) fires a shot past Kennedy defender Shea McCormick (#25 white), Saturday at the Washington Girls Lacrosse Division II state championships at the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish. Behind Foreman’s 9 goals, the Crusaders downed Kennedy 17 – 5 for their first girls lacrosse state title.

Credit:  Sue Larkin

May 15, 2010

Washington State Girls Lacrosse State Championship – Division II

Foreman’s 9 goals leads Eastside Catholic over Kennedy for first girls lacrosse state championship

SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Junior Alex Foreman scored 9 goals to lead Eastside Catholic to its first Washington State Girls Lacrosse Championship with a 17 – 5 defeat of Kennedy Catholic High School, Saturday at Charlie Acosta Field on the campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.

The Crusaders used a relentless defense led by Male Bachesta and Shannon Graves to put its attack in position to command the state title game. “Our defense made the game for us,” said the Crusaders’ Foreman, who was selected US Lacrosse player of the game after scoring 7 of her 9 in the first half. “We were struggling on defense all year. We really stepped it up today. The win was a team effort.”

Both teams battled fiercely for the first half of the opening period trading goals to a 3 -3 tie with 10:15 remaining. Following a check in the head penalty at 9:16 to Kennedy’s Katie Jovanovich, the Foreman used a man advantage situation to score the first two of five unanswered goals and 6 of the last 7 of the half to take a 9 – 4 lead into the intermission.

“The speed of the game changed significant (at the point),” said Kennedy senior captain Natalie Merrill. who was also selected player of the game.

In the second, despite strong play by Kennedy goaltender Sofie Morales, Eastside Catholic converted for the first 7 goals of the half to open up a 15 – 4 lead and trigger a running clock for the remainder of the game.

Kennedy’s offense sputtered for most of the encounter including a failure to convert on a brilliant athletic pass reception by Merrill with 6 minutes to go. The chance came as Merrill broke free of the Kennedy defenders on the near side and reached behind her back on the fly, grabbing a 30-year heave by the Lancer defense. But her shot on Crusader goalkeeper Allie Hawes was turned away. “I was really excited on the play. I was focused on getting that goal,” said Merrill Merrill who rebounded a minute-and-a half later to beat EC goalkeeper Allie Hawes to complete the hat trick and convert the Lancers’ fifth and final goal.

Breynaert finished the game for Eastside Catholic with 4 goals and 3 ground balls and Allie Hawes had 7 saves. Lizzy Delaney, Shey Thommasen also scored for the Kennedy, while Morales had 8 saves in goal.

Eastside Catholic reached the finals by defeating Lakeside 20 – 7 in the state quarterfinals and downed rival Issaquah 13 – 8 in the semifinals. Eastside Catholic finished their championship season with 12-2-0 record.

Kennedy’s road to the championship matchup began by edging defending state champion Mercer Island 11 – 10 in the quarterfinals and grabbing a 14 – 11 win in its semifinal matchup with Overlake. The Lancers finished the season at 12-2-0.

SCORING:

Eastside Catholic 9 8 — 17

Kennedy 4 1 — 5

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Eastside Catholic 17, Kennedy 5 (Eastside Catholic wins first girls lacrosse state championship) (Alex Foreman, EC, 9 goals, 1 assist, 4 ground balls; Lauren Breynaert, EC, 4 goals, 3 ground balls, 5 draw controls; Amanda Tsitsis, EC, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Danielle Leider, EC, 1 goal, 1 ground balls; Allison Talbot, EC, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Brittany Cardoza, EC, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Allie Hawes, EC, 7 saves; Natalie Merrill, K, 3 goals, 2 ground balls, 6 draw controls; Lizzy Delaney, K, 1 goal; Shey Thommasen, K, 1 goal; Sofie Morales, K, 8 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 six of the last eight years. In 2010, over 2,700 high school students representing 83 boys (www.WHSBLA.org) and 55 girls (www.WSLAX.org) 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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