Boys lacrosse state championships set for Saturday at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium

May 27, 2010

Boys lacrosse state championships set for Saturday at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium

Division I: Bellevue vs. Mercer Island, Division II San Juan vs. Lynnwood

SEATTLE – The 2010 Washington Boys High School State Championships for lacrosse gets underway on Saturday at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium as Bellevue takes-on Mercer Island in the Division I game and San Juan takes-on Lynnwood in the Division II game.

In the Division I state championship, undefeated Mercer Island High School (21-0-0) takes on Bellevue High (19-3-0). It’s Mercer Island’s 9th trip to the state championship in the 18-year history of the Islander program. Bellevue is making their first state title appearance in 18 years and the 15th overall for one of the state’s first lacrosse teams.

MI is led by the league’s 8th leading scorer Jonathan Wettack. The junior midfielder delivered 39 goals and 21 assists for an average of 4.29 points per game in 14 regular season games for the Islanders. In the playoffs, Wettack scored 2 goals, 2 assists for an average of 4 points per game.

Bellevue is led by the league’s 4th leading scorer Brett Mennella. The senior attackman scored 43 goals and 11 assists for an average of 3.86 points per game in 14 games for the Wolverines. Ryan Deal and Thomas Zervas are leading Bellevue in the post season, each delivering 4 goals and an assist for an average of 5 points per game.

On the road to the championships, Mercer Island finished the regular season 19-0-0 including a spring-break road swing through New York where the Islanders finished 3 – 0 outscoring their opponents 27 – 14. After earning an opening-round bye in the playoffs, the Islander dispatched Curtis 19 – 1 in the quarterfinals and two-time defending state champion Issaquah 4 – 2 in the semifinals. Both games took place at Islander Stadium. Bellevue finished its regular season at 19-3-0 including a 2 – 1 road swing through Texas where the Wolverines outscored their opponents 24 – 10. Their losses came against New York’s Lakeland/Panas, Alpharetta of Texas and Mercer Island. After earning an opening-round playoff bye, the Wolverines downed Northshore 16 – 7 in quarterfinal action at Bellevue High School and ousted Bainbridge 13 – 3 on the Spartans home field in the semifinals.

The Division I title game gets underway at 7:30 p.m.

In the Division II state championship, Lynnwood (15-3-0) takes on San Juan (14-2-0), which is making its first trip to a state title game since beginning lacrosse play in 2003. Lynnwood, which last appeared in the 2006 state title game, rolled through the season dropping its only games to Division I Tahoma, Stanwood and Providence. San Juan’s defeats came against Lynnwood in its season opener and an overtime loss to Snohomish in late April.

Lynnwood is led by the league’s top two goal scorers, senior midfielders Alex Tindall and Trey Knowles. In 13 regular season games apiece, the two combined for a total of 146 points. Tindall scored 58 goals and 21 assists for an average of 6.08 regular season points per game. Knowles scored 43 goals and 24 assists for an average of 5.15 regular season points per game. In two playoff games, Knowles scored 11 goals and 2 assists for 6.50 points per game.

San Juan’s top goal getter is the league’s third leading scorer Ryan Guard. In 13 games the senior attackman scored 38 goals and 16 assists for an average of 4.15 regular season points. In the playoffs, senior attackman Kyle Skoog led the Dragons with 11 goals and 2 assists for 4.33 points per game.

On the road to the finals, Lynnwood finished the regular season at 15-3-0 before defeating Garfield 16 – 3 in the opening round of the playofffs, Sammamish 11 – 7 in the quarterfinals and Wenatchee 14 – 13 in overtime in the semifinals. San Juan finished the regular season at 14-2-0 before dispatching Gig Harbor 21 – 5 in the opening round, Roosevelt 7 – 2 in the quarterfinals and Lake Washington 9 – 8 in the semifinals.

The Division II title game gets underway at 5 p.m.

The full-day of lacrosse events includes a 5th / 6th Grade Boys Regional Honor game at 11 a.m., 7th / 8th Grade Boys Regional All-Star game at 12 noon, Boys Division II All-Star game at 1 p.m. and Boys Division I All-Star game at 2:30 p.m.

Individual tickets for the full day are $8 and available at the gate.

Boys Division I State Tournament Bracket: http://www.sportability.com/spx/Leagues/Playoffs.asp?LgID=22716

Boys Division II State Tournament Bracket: http://www.sportability.com/spx/Leagues/Playoffs.asp?LgID=22715

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.

For daily high school lacrosse results or to receive results through an RSS feed, please visit http://media.uslax-wa.org/

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