High school lacrosse results for Thursday, March 31 (AP-style game summaries)

High school lacrosse results for Thursday, March 31

Caption: Mercer Island attackman Matt Shields (maroon #10) fires a shot past Bellevue goaltender Austin Boyd Thursday night in boys Division I high school lacrosse action at Bellevue High School. The Islanders upset the defending state champion Wolverines 8 – 6 in their only regular season meeting of the season. Credit: Henry Valentine / Sound Lacrosse

Boys Division I

Undefeated MI upsets state champion Bellevue in boys lacrosse
BELLEVUE – Matt Shields scored three goals as Mercer Island withstood a strong Bellevue second half, handing the defending state champions their first loss of the season in an 8 – 6 boys Division I high school lacrosse victory Thursday at Bellevue High School. The win propelled the Islanders to a perfect 6-0-0 start and avenged their loss to the Wolverines in last year’s state title game.

The Islanders extended a 5-1 first quarter lead to a healthy 7 – 2 advantage at the half and appeared to be in control. “Our seniors were pumped up and executing early on,” said Mercer Island coach Ian O’Hearn, attributing his club’s fast start to a motivated group of veterans on the field.

But in the third, Bellevue blanked MI to narrow the score to 7 – 4 and again in the fourth, managed to outscore the Islanders. But in the end, the Wolverines were unable to overcome Mercer Island’s experience. “Bellevue is a young team, but good – and disciplined. The third quarter was the difference for them. And we were over confident,” said O’Hearn. “They slowly crawled back. But we hung on.”

Doug Mahony and Connor Bernal figured prominently in the Islanders’ scoring, each netting 2 goals, while Colton Knebel kept the ball in the offensive zone, collecting 9 ground balls. Six Bellevue players scored in the game and goalkeeper Austin Boyd had 5 saves.

With the win, the Islanders crept within a half game of Northeast Division leading Issaquah, holding on to a second-place tie with Skyline. With their first loss of the season, the Wolverines slipped to fourth place.

Mercer Island (6-0-0) next travels to Vancouver, to face King’s Way (4-1-0), Friday, April 1 for an 8 p.m. matchup at Columbia River High School and a Saturday date with Oregon Episcopal in Portland, followed by a three game spring break road swing through Massachusetts. Bellevue (5-1-0) next embarks on a three-game spring break road swing through Texas. The Wolverines face Texas High School Lacrosse League schools Coppell on Wednesday, April 6; Highland Park, Friday, April 8; and Plano West, Saturday, April 9.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Mercer Island 8, Bellevue 6 (Matt Shields, MI, 3 goals; Doug Mahony, MI, 2 goals, 4 ground balls; Connor Bernal, MI, 2 goals, 4 ground balls; Colton Knebel, MI, 1 goal, 9 ground balls; Brian Bernstein, MI, 7 saves; Blake Samuel, B, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Peter Brandes, B, 1 goal; Andrew Gulrajani, B, 1 goal, 1 assist; Sam Leggett, B, 1 goal; Nick Hudson, B, 1 goal; Jack Bethke, B, 1 goal; Austin Boyd, B, 5 saves )

Strong second half lifts Vashon over Lakeside for first lax win of season
SEATTLE – Luke Hembree scored a season high 5 goals and 2 assists to lead Vashon to its first win of the spring with a 13 – 8 defeat of Lakeside, Thursday at the Lakeside Upper School in north Seattle.

In a tightly contested first half, Lakeside forged a 4 – 3 lead by the intermission. But Vashon came charging back with 4 goals in the third to take a 7 – 5 advantage into the final stanza. In the fourth, the Pirates again turned up the heat outscoring Lakeside 6 – 3. With the win, Vashon climbed out of a three-way tie for 9th place in the Southwest Division. Dan Lofland fueled Vashon’s offense grabbing 16 ground balls. Peter French had 4 goals and Lewis Page and Peter Scott combined for 10 saves in the nets for the Lions.

Vashon (1-3-0) next faces Bainbridge (5-0-0) Wednesday, April 13 in a 7 p.m. start at Bainbridge High School. Lakeside (0-7-0) next travels to Vancouver Saturday, April 2 to take on King’s Way (4-1-0) in a 7 p.m. start at Kiggins Bowl in Vancouver.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Vashon 13, Lakeside 8 (Luke Hembree, V, 5 goals, 2 assists; Dan Lofland, V, 16 ground balls; Aaron Bomber, V, 9 saves; Peter French, L, 4 goals; Lewis Page, L, 3 saves; Peter Scott, L, 7 saves)

Skyline blasts Curtis in boys lacrosse
BELLEVUE – Sophomore Cannon Gardner matched a season-high 5 goals and 2 assists as Skyline powered past Curtis 22 – 4 in boys high school lacrosse action, Thursday at Newport High School.

The Spartans built on a 5 – 2 first quarter lead to take a 10 – 3 advantage into the intermission. In the second-half they added another 6 in each the third and fourth quarters to seal the win. With the win, Skyline advances to 3-0-0 in league play and 5-3-0 overall for a tie with undefeated Mercer Island. Suffering their first loss of the spring campaign, Curtis slipped to 4-1-0 overall, but still hung onto first place in the Southwest Division with a 3-0-0 league record.

Skyline (5-3-0) next travels to Oregon to face Liberty on Friday, April 8 for a 7 p.m. start. Curtis (4-1-0) also travels to Oregon for a Wednesday, April 6 matchup with West Linn and a Thursday, April 7 date with Lakeridge.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Skyline 22, Curtis 4 (Cannon Gardner, S, 5 goals, 2 assists; Brennan West, S, 4 goals, 3 assists; Ryan Benz, S, 4 goals, 2 assists; Cory Larson, S, 11 saves; Colby Carr, C, 2 goals; Dillon Cavanagh, C, 1 goal, 1 assist; Tony Nigh, C, 10 saves)

Northshore outlasts Sammamish in boys lacrosse
BELLEVUE – Foster Wisman and Alex Bus each scored 3 goals to lift Northshore to an 11 – 6 boys Division I high school lacrosse win over Sammamish, Thursday at Newport High School. The win lifted fifth place Northshore to 3-4-0 overall. Division II Sammamish suffered their first loss of the season but still hung on to first place in the Evergreen Division. Andrew Wenzl led Sammamish scoring with 2 goals and Ryley Martin had a goal and 9 ground balls.

Northshore (3-4-0) next faces Woodinville (5-0-0) on Thursday, April 7 in a 7 p.m. start at Woodinville High School. Sammamish (6-0-0) travels to Gig Harbor (3-2-0) on Friday, April 1 for a 7 p.m. start at Gig Harbor High School.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Northshore 11, Sammamish 6 (Foster Wisman, NS, 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Alex Bus, NS, 3 goals, 5 ground balls; Alec Dyngen, NS, 4 saves; Kevin Luo, NS, 1 save; Andrew Wenzl, S, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Ryley Martin, S, 1 goal, 9 ground balls; Mitch Williams, S, 5 saves)

Boys Division II

Liberty drops Mt. Si for first boys lacrosse win of season
RENTON – Colin Ross scored 3 goals and Casey Smith and Anthony Mantz each had 2 to lead Liberty to its first win of the season with a 10 – 1 boys Division II high school lacrosse victory over Mt. Si, Thursday at Maywood Middle School in Renton. Dalton O’Brien contributed 4 assists and Sam Dodt and Wyatt Johnson combined for 12 ground balls.

The game marked Smith’s return to the lineup after being sidelined for the first two weeks of the season with an injury. Blake Moorhead struck first, putting Mt. Si on the board at 7:52 of the first, but that was all for the Wildcats as Liberty took control scoring the next 3 in the first. Liberty added another 3 in the third and 4 in the final stanza to seal the win.

Liberty (1-3-0) faces Mt. Si (1-5-0) again on Tuesday, April 12 in a 5:30 p.m. start at Snoqualmie Middle School.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Liberty 10, Mt. Si, 1 (Collin Ross, L, 3 goals, 2 ground balls; Casey Smith, L, 2 goals; Anthony Mantz, L, 2 goals; Sam Dodt, L, 1 goal, 7 ground balls; Wyatt Johnson, L, 5 ground balls; Dalton O’Brien, L, 4 assists; Roland Deex, L, 7 saves; Blake Moorhead, MS, 1 goal; Matt Mahrer, MS, 1 assist; Matthew Yan, MS, 11 saves)

Girls Division I

Eastside Catholic hands MI first loss in girls lacrosse
MERCER ISLAND – Alex Foreman scored a season-high 10 goals power Eastside Catholic’s offense in an 18 – 16 girls Division I high school lacrosse win over Mercer Island, Thursday at Islander Middle School on Mercer Island. The win handed the Islanders their first loss of the season and lifted the Crusaders to 2-3-0. Danielle Leider scored 3 and Lauren Breynaert added 2 goals, 2 assists and 10 ground balls to contribute to Eastside Catholic’s production. Elizabeth Bachman had 5 goals and Erika Eagan had 11 saves for the Islanders.

Eastside Catholic (2-3-0) next faces Lake Sammamish (1-1-0) on Tuesday, April 12 in a 5:30 p.m. start at Charlie Acosta Field on the Eastside Catholic School campus. Mercer Island (3-1-1) next face Snohomish, Thursday, April 14 in an 8 p.m. start at Islander Stadium on Mercer Island.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Eastside Catholic 18, Mercer Island 16 (Alex Foreman, EC, 10 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Danielle Leider, EC, 3 goals, 1 assist; Lauren Breynaert, EC, 2 goals, 2 assist, 10 ground controls; Allie Hawes, EC, 9 saves; Elizabeth Bachman, MI, 5 goals; Dulce Moll, MI, 3 goals; Tyler Sherper, MI, 3 goals; Erika Eagan, MI, 11 saves)

Girls Division II

Kennedy at Lake Tapps (Rescheduled)

Whisman’s 10 goals drives Garfield past MI in girls D2 lacrosse
MERCER ISLAND – Linnea Whisman netted a season-high 10 goals to lead Garfield past Mercer Island 15 – 6 in girls Division II high school lacrosse, Thursday at Islander Stadium on Mercer Island. With the win, the Bulldogs Kennedy in second spot in the Southwest Division. Annie Zwaschka had 2 goals and Barite Dawud logged 5 saves in goal to contribute to Garfield’s fourth win of the season. Kelsey Judd netted 3 goals and Andrea Hatsukami and Audrey Airut-Murphy combined for 7 saves in goal.

Garfield (4-1-0) next faces Kennedy (3-1-1) on Wednesday, April 6 in a 5:30 p.m. start at Magnuson Park in Seattle. Mercer Island (2-4-0) next faces Snohomish (5-4-1), Thursday, April 14 in a 6 p.m. start at Islander Stadium on Mercer Island.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Garfield 15, Mercer Island 6 (Linnea Whisman, G, 10 goals, 3 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers, 4 draw controls; Annie Zwaschka, G, 2 goals, 1 ground ball, 5 draw controls; Barite Dawud, G, 5 saves; Kelsey Judd, MI, 3 goals; Andrea Hatsukami, MI, 5 saves; Audrey Airut-Murphy, MI, 2 saves)

Games for Friday, April 1

Boys Division I
Mercer Island at King’s Way (Columbia River HS / 8:00 p.m.)

Boys Division II
Blanchet at Wenatchee (Wenatchee Valley College / 5:00 p.m.)
Everett at Stanwood (Stanwood Middle School / 6:00 p.m.)
Nathan Hale at Three Rivers (Badger Mountain Park / 7:00 p.m.)
Sammamish at Gig Harbor (Gig Harbor HS / 7:00 p.m.)
Roosevelt at Highline (Lower Woodland #7 / 7:15 p.m.)
Ballard at Selah (Selah HS / 7:30 p.m.)
Snohomish at Woodinville (Woodinville HS / 8:00 p.m.)

Girls Division I
Roosevelt at Lakeside (Lakeside Upper School / 4:45 p.m.)
St. Mary’s (Ore.) at Holy Names (Magnuson Park 2 / 5:30 p.m.)

Girls Division II
St. Mary’s (Ore.) at Holy Names (Magnuson Park 2 / 3:30 p.m.)
Lakeside at Ballard (Ballard High School / 5:30 p.m.)

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.

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