High school lacrosse underway for 4,000 students from over 100 WIAA schools

SEATTLE – The high school lacrosse season in Washington state gets underway this week for more than 4,000 students attending over 100 WIAA member schools in the state.

With lacrosse now in its 33rd season of play at the high school level in Washington, students in eastern and western Washington are vying for the opportunity to represent their schools and communities in the state championships held later this May.

Opening girls Division I games on Monday include 2010 state champion Lakeside taking on Snohomish, Seattle Prep visiting Mercer Island and Lake Sammamish visiting Issaquah. Girls Division II games include Snohomish at Lakeside, Forest Ridge at Lake Sammamish and Bellevue East at Mercer Island.

In boys action on Monday, Division II Klahowya visits Division I Vashon. On Friday, March 12, Bainbridge defeated Lake Washington 15 – 8 to open Boys Division I league play.

Girls Division I Preview
Coming off its fifth straight girls Division I state championship, Lakeside will look to replace the regular-season production of 52 goals and 17 assists by graduating senior Sylvia Warren. In 2011, Lions coach Jamie Asaka, the 2010 Girls Division I Coach of the Year, returns 7 seniors including Jade Blake-Whitney and Nikki Kiga. In her 11 regular-season games in 2010, Blake-Whitney, who splits between attack and midfield, connected for 5 goals and 5 assists in the regular season and three playoff goals. Kiga, playing 3 games at midfield, connected for a goal and an assist both in the regular season and playoffs. Lakeside’s opening game against Snohomish gets underway at 4:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Upper School.

State runner-up Bainbridge, a perennial power-house in Girls Division I play with 7 state titles of its own, returns 7 seniors in 2011 including 2010 All-American and All-State selection Jaclyn Biggers. In 2010, Biggers ranked third in Division I scoring with 61 goals and 20 assists in 12 games and delivered 102 draw controls for the Spartans. In the playoffs, the two-time US Lacrosse – Washington Player of the Week connected for 8 goals and 5 assists. Bainbridge opens play at Eastside Catholic, at 5:30 p.m., Friday, March 25.

Other 2010 Girls Division I playoff teams to watch this year are Tacoma (lost to Lakeside in quarter finals), Mercer Island (lost to Lake Sammamish in quarter finals), Bellevue (lost to Bainbridge in quarterfinals), Seattle Prep (lost to Snohomish in quarterfinals), Snohomish (lost to Bainbridge in semifinals), Lake Sammamish (lost to Lakeside in semifinals).

Girls Division II Preview
With Eastside Catholic moving into Division I with its first state title in 2010, the Division II team to beat is 2010 state runner-up Kennedy Catholic High School. In 2011, the Lancers return 8 seniors including Brianna Goodwin, Stephanie Moffat and Ashton Woodcock. In 2010, Goodwin scored 9 goals and 4 assists in 11 regular season games and 1 playoff goal for the Lancers. Moffat scored 7 goals and 2 assists in the regular season and 3 playoff goals. Woodcock connected for 3 goals and 3 assists in 2010. Kennedy opens at home against Klahowya at 4:45 p.m., Thursday, March 17.

Other 2010 Girls Division II playoff teams to watch this year are Issaquah (now playing in Division I / lost to Wenatchee in quarterfinals), Eastside Catholic (now playing in Division I / lost to Lakeside in quarterfinals), Ballard (lost to Overlake in quarterfinals), Mercer Island (lost to Kennedy in quarterfinals), Issaquah (lost to Eastside Catholic in semifinals), Overlake (lost to Kennedy in semifinals).

Boys Division I Preview
In Boys Division I play, 2010 state champion Bellevue returns just two seniors, but is stacked with 10 juniors from last year’s state championship squad. Carrying the load for the Wolverines in 2010 are seniors Peter Brandes and Thomas Spengler. In 2010, Spengler connected for 10 goals and 7 assists in 13 games for the Wolverines and a goal and an assist in the playoffs. Bellevue opens at home against Eastlake at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 18.

In 2011, state runner-up Mercer Island returns 12 seniors to its Division I roster. The Islanders are led by attackman Matthew Shields and midfielder Doug Mahony who combined for 59 points of offense during the 2010 regular season. Shields was the number two scorer for MI in 2010 delivering 24 goals and 7 assists in 13 regular season games, and 3 goals and an assist in the playoffs. Mahony, a third-team All-State selection in 2010, delivered 21 goals and 7 assists in the regular season and 1 playoff goal. The Islanders open against Eastlake at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 16.

Other 2010 Boys Division I playoff teams to watch this year are Overlake (lost to Curtis in opening round), Tacoma (lost to Skyline in opening round), Stadium (lost to Issaquah in opening round), Tacoma (lost to Northshore in opening round), Curtis (lost to MI in quarterfinals), King’s Way (lost to Issaquah in quarterfinals), Skyline (lost to Bainbridge in quarterfinals), Northshore (lost to Bellevue in quarterfinals), Issaquah (lost to MI in semifinals), Bainbridge (lost to Bellevue in semifinals).

Boys Division II Preview
With Lynnwood moving into Division I play after its first state championship in 2010, state Division II runner up San Juan is the team to beat. In 2011, San Juan returns just one senior Cody West from its 2010 state runner-up roster. Last year, West, a midfielder, connected for 7 goals and 3 assists in 13 regular season games and 3 goals and 2 assists in the playoffs. San Juan opens their 2011 season at Whatcom at 5 p.m., Wed., March 16.

Other 2010 Boys Division II playoff teams to watch this year are Port Angeles (lost to Wenatchee in opening round), Providence (lost to Blanchet in opening round), Garfield (lost to Lynnwood in opening round), Stanwood (lost to Sammamish in opening round), Whatcom (lost to Lake Washington in opening round), Klahowya (lost to Snohomish in opening round), Gig Harbor (lost to San Juan in opening round), Redmond (lost to Roosevelt in opening round), Blanchet (lost to Wenatchee in quarterfinals), Sammamish (lost to Lynwood in quarterfinals), Snohomish (lost to Lake Washington in quarterfinals), Roosevelt (lost to San Juan in quarterfinals), Wenatchee 13 (lost to Lynwood in semifinals), Lake Washington (lost to San Juan in semifinals).

About High School Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the US and in Washington state has experienced double-digit annual growth throughout the past decade. With a 33-year local history, more than 4,000 students attending over 100 WIAA schools now make up 154 individual boys and girls Varsity and JV teams across eastern and western Washington. Governed by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association, the sport is played during a nine-week spring season capped by annual boys and girls state championships in late May. To learn more about lacrosse in Washington or to receive daily high school results, visit USLAX-WA.org or become a fan on facebook . To learn more about the history, traditions and values of lacrosse, college opportunities available to students, and the 21 US states now sanctioning high school lacrosse, visit USLacrosse.org.

Games for Monday, March 14

Boys Division I
Klahowya (Div II) at Vashon (Div I) (Vashon HS / 6 p.m.)

Boys Division II
Next Games Tuesday, March 15

Girls Division I
Snohomish at Lakeside (Lakeside Upper School / 4:30 p.m.)
Seattle Prep at Mercer Island (Mercer Island Stadium / 8:00 p.m.)
Lake Sammamish at Issaquah (Robinswood Park / 7:00 p.m.)

Girls Division II
Snohomish at Lakeside (Lakeside Upper School / 5:45 p.m.)
Forest Ridge at Lake Sammamish (Marymoor Park #4 / 4:15 p.m.)
Bellevue East at Mercer Island (Mercer Island Stadium / 6:00 p.m.)

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