Lynnwood downs San Juan for first state lacrosse title

SanJuan#5 Caption: Lynnwood’s Trey Knowles is check by San Juan’s Michael Ausilo during the second half of Saturday’s Boys Division II state lacrosse championships.  Lynnwood defeated San Juan 16 – 7 for its first state title.  Photo Courtesy:  Sue Larkin.

 

May 29, 2010

Boys Division II – Washington State Lacrosse Championships

Lynnwood downs San Juan for first state lacrosse title

SEATTLE — Alex Tindall scored 5 goals and Trey Knowles and Nick Peters each scored 4 to lead Lynnwood to its first Boys Division II Washington state lacrosse championship in a 16 – 7 win over San Juan, Saturday before 2,650 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium. The championship was the first in two tries for Lynnwood.

“Our plan going into the game was shoot, shoot, shoot. It didn’t matter whether the shots hit or not,” said Tindall, whose team fired 44 shots at the San Juan cage to unsettle the Skagit Conference champions. “We’ve worked hard all season for this,” he said. “It was a great team effort.”

A key contributor for Lynnwood was junior attackman Cameron Girgus who seemed to make the right passes all night. “Assists are how I do it. They’re more important than goals, said Girgus, who delivered 7 assists along with a goal and 7 ground balls. “I like to turn heads – make the defense ball-watch. Make connections.”

On defense, the Tigers held San Juan’s Ryan Guard, who averaged just over 4 goals a game as the league’s third leading goal scorer, to 1 goal and 3 assists. “ A lot of this is team defense,” said Girgus. “We stepped up all week and worked on our defensive play.”

The state lacrosse championship appearance was the first for San Juan and only the third time in history that a high school team from the Friday Harbor community had advanced to a state title game in any sport. “I’m proud of my boys win or lose,” said San Juan coach Rob Cuomo. “This is an important accomplishment.”

Riding on the emotion that drove San Juan all season, the Dragons jumped out to an early 3 -1 lead. But after exchanging goals, Lynnwood’s Sam Girgus put a shot past Dragons goalkeeper Calen Mehrer for the first of 6 unanswered goals through the end of the second quarter as the Tigers took an 8 – 4 lead into the intermission.

“Lynnwood displayed great stick skills. They work well together,” said Cuomo. “Calen (Mehrer) just couldn’t face that many point blank shots,” he said. “Lynnwood played a really good lacrosse game and earned the state championship.”

At 11:53 of the third, Ausilo netted his third of the night for San Juan to narrow the gap to 3 goals, but that was as close as the Dragons would come as Lynnwood scored the next 8 of 9 goals to pull out to a 16 – 6 lead at the end of three.

San Juan’s Kyle Skoog netted the only goal in the fourth, his second of the night, to round out the scoring.

San Juan goalkeeper Calen Mehrer had just 3 saves in goal, as the Dragons closed out their season with a 14-3-0 record.

In other state championship action Saturday, senior Ryan Deal scored with 1:50 remaining in overtime to give Bellevue its first state lacrosse title in 19 years in an 8 – 7 win over Mercer Island at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.  With the win, Bellevue handed the Islanders their first loss in 22 starts this season their first victory over the Islanders since 2002.

BOYS DIVISION II SCORING

Lynnwood 5 3 8 0 — 16

San Juan 4 0 2 1 — 7

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Lynnwood 16, San Juan 7 (Lynnwood wins Division II state championship) (Alex Tindall, L, 5 goals, 1 assist, 7 ground balls; Trey Knowles, L, 4 goals, 1 assist, 5 ground balls; Nick Peters, L, 4 goals; Sam Girgus, L, 2 goals; Cameron Girgus, L, 1 goal, 7 assists, 7 ground balls; Devan Hardwick, L, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; John Williams, L, 1 assist, 8 ground balls; Justin Girgus, L, 2 ground balls; David Dekoekkoek, L, 4 saves; Michael Ausilo, SJ, 3 goals, 7 ground balls; Ryan Guard, SJ, 1 goal, 3 assists, 1 ground ball; Alex Michael, SJ, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Kyle Skoog, SJ, 2 goals, 1 ground balls; Forest Dayton, SJ, 1 assist, 5 ground balls; Bradly Sundberg, SJ, 1 ground ball; Weston Hedin, SJ, 2 ground balls; Calen Mehrer, SJ, 3 saves)

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