High school lacrosse results for Wednesday, April 6 (AP-style game summaries)

High school lacrosse results for Wednesday, April 6

Caption: Midfielder Alex Crane scores Bainbridge High School’s 9th goal as the Spartans downed Stadium 13 – 2 for their 6th boys high school lacrosse win of the season, Wednesday at Baingridge Stadium. Crane had 3 goals and 6 ground balls on the night: Credit: Michael Jardine

Boys Division I

Bernal’s OT winner gives Mercer Island upset of #8 Duxbury High in Massachusetts
DUXBURY, Mass. – Mercer Island’s Connor Bernal overcame nearly 3 minutes of overtime frustration and a loss to Oregon Episcopal earlier in the week with a 7 – 6 walk-off overtime winner as the Islanders unseated the #8 ranked high school lacrosse team in the country, Duxbury High, Wednesday in Duxbury, Mass. The win was the first over a top-10 nationally ranked team for any high school in the 33-year history of lacrosse in Washington state.

“We played calm and confident,” said Mercer Island head coach Ian O’Hearn following his team’s 9th win of the season. “It was a close game the whole way – nobody panicked. We were able to grind it out and come out with a huge win.”

Bernal’s overtime winner came with 45 seconds remaining when Mercer Island finally gained possession after Duxbury controlled the ball – and the Islanders for the first 2 minutes, 47 seconds of overtime.

With the Islanders in control, O’Hearn called time out and gathered his squad. “I told (Bernal), he had two options,” O’Hearn said. “If they put a pole on him, he had to redirect the ball around to another middie. If they put a shortie on him – go to the goal.”

With a short stick defender tracking Bernal, he followed O’Hearn’s instructions taking it straight to the goal. Rolling back inside, the junior midfielder and put the historic shot into the lower left hand side of the net.

“We were frustrated with the Oregon loss. Coming out here we wanted to focus on playing 48 minutes and getting better,” added O’Hearn. “Getting the loss off our back loosened us up.”

In the first of a three game, spring break road swing through Massachusetts, the Islanders came out swinging against the state’s top ranked high school team and winner of 6 of the past 7 state titles. Their only second place finish came against St. John’s Prep in last year’s title matchup.

Matching Duxbury goal for goal in the first, the Islanders held the Green Dragons to just one goal in the first and took a respectable 1 – 1 tie into the half. In the third, both added 3 goals to take a 4 – 4 deadlock into the final stanza.

In the fourth, the Islanders Peter Iani netted his only goal of the night to give the Islanders the lead with 4:30 remaining. But again, Duxbury fought back tying the game in the final minute to force the extra period. In overtime, Duxbury won the opening draw and controlled the ball for nearly 3 minutes, before the Islanders finally got their chance.

Bernal and Colton Knebel scored 2 goals and Alex Robbs, Doug Mahony and Iani all had solo shots for the Islanders. Brian Bernstein had 17 saves to keep the Islanders in the game.

Mercer Island (9-1-0) next faces Concord-Carlisle on Friday, April 8.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Mercer Island 7, Duxbury 6 OT (Connor Bernal, MI, 2 goals, 1 ground balls; Colton Knebel, MI, 2 goals, 2 ground balls; Alex Robbs, MI, 1 goal, 1 assists, 1 ground ball; Doug Mahony, MI, 1 goal, 1 ground balls; Peter Iani, MI, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Brian Bernstein, MI, 17 saves)

Issaquah lacrosse falls to New Jersey’s Rutgers Prep in 2OT
SOMERSET, NJ – Issaquah battled into the second overtime after Ben Director grabbed a loose ball in front of the Rutgers Prep cage to fire home the game tying goal with 20 seconds left in regulation, but the Eagles were unable to close, falling to the two-time defending New Jersey state Prep B champions 10 – 9 in high school lacrosse action, Wednesday in Somerset, New Jersey.

“I’m super proud of the kids for the way they battled,” said Issaquah coach Brandon Fortier. “I didn’t want to use the excuse of getting off plane and being tired. We battled and put ourselves in a position to win it. It just didn’t go our way.”

Led by tenacious defensive play in the first, Issaquah outscored the Argonauts 3 – 1 before Rutgers Prep finally took over in the second, scoring 5 goals and taking a 6 – 4 lead into the intermission. “Rutgers Prep dominated possession in the second,” said Fortier. “We shouldn’t have been in it in the first, but our defensive play was outstanding to keep us in it.”

In the third, Issaquah came into their own netting 4 goal to take an 8 – 7 lead into the final quarter.

With under a minute remaining in the fourth, Issaquah gained possession and looked to attackman Matt O’Neill. “We called a play for O’Neill with 20 seconds left,” said Fortier. The junior got the shot off, but as the Argonauts’ goal keeper struggled to gain possession, falling backwards with the save, Director scooped up the loose ball and fired it home.

Issaquah had two opportunities to finish the game in the first OT, but the Rutgers Prep goaltender kick-saved a Kevin Powers shot early in the period and Director was unable to convert another try in the final minutes.

In the second overtime, Issaquah never saw the ball. With just 1:15 remaining, Rutgers Prep senior midfielder Steven Polansky handled a pass across the crease and in traffic to fire a bouncer past Eagles goalkeeper O’Neil Hughes for the winner.

“One of the reasons to come out here was to gain this experience,” Fortier said. “We are playing a good brand of lacrosse out west and can battle with these guys,” he said. “We are just as athletic. It’s a great experience for the kids and see that we can compete at this level.”

Polansky netted 2 goals and had 3 assists, while Elliot Dennis had 5 goals and Dylan Baxter was 11 for 18 on faceoffs for Rutgers Prep. Powers, O’Neill, Director and Jake Fritz all had 2 goals for the Eagles.

Issaquah (7-2-0) next faces Lawrenceville Thursday, April 7.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Rutgers Prep 10, Issaquah 9 2OT (Elliot Dennis, RP, 5 goals; Steven Polansky, RP, 2 goals, 3 assists; Kevin Powers, IS, 2 goals, 1 assist, 6 ground balls; Matt O’Neill, IS, 2 goals, 2 ground balls; Ben Director, IS, 2 goals, Jake Fritz, IS, 2 goals; Zach Fritz, IS, 1 goal; O’Neil Hughes, IS, 2 saves)

Curtis falls to Oregon’s West Linn in boys lacrosse
WEST LINN, Ore. – Brandon Dean scored 2 goals and collected 5 ground balls as Curtis fell to Oregon’s West Linn High School 11 – 4, Wednesday in Oregon.

The Northeast Division leading Vikings jumped out to a 1 – 0 lead in the first, but fell victim to West Linn’s potent offense in the second, falling behind 8 – 1 at the half. Despite adding 3 in the third, Curtis was blanked by West Linn 3 – 0 in the fourth.

Colby Car and Brett Cunningham each had a goal and Cory Monaghan had 8 ground balls for Curtis.

Curtis (4-2-0) next faces Oregon’s Lakeridge on Thursday, April 7.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: West Linn (Ore.) 11, Curtis 4 (Brandon Dean, C, 2 goals, 5 ground balls; Colby Carr, C, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Brett Cunningham, C, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Cory Monaghan, C, 8 ground balls; Tony Nigh, C, 11 saves)

Keogh’s 4 goals leads Eastlake past Prep in boys lax
SEATTLE – Patrick Keogh scored 4 goals to lead Eastlake to its third win of the season with a 16 – 8 boys high school lacrosse win over Seattle Prep, Wednesday at Lower Woodland Park playfield in Seattle.

Eastlake extended a 5 – 2 first quarter lead to 10 – 4 at the half before adding a goal in the third and 5 in the fourth to take the win.

Cooper Rosenthal had 3 goals and 2 ground balls for Eastlake and Justin Riggins netted 3 goals and 3 ground balls and Jack Maurer had 15 saves in goal for Prep.

Eastlake (3-3-1) next faces Lake Washington (3-4-0), Friday, April 8 in an 8 p.m. start at Lake Washington High School. Seattle Prep (3-4-0) next faces Lake Washington (3-4-0), Tuesday, April 12 in an 8 p.m. start at Lake Washington High School.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Eastlake 16, Seattle Prep 8 (Patrick Keogh, E, 4 goals; Cooper Rosenthal, E, 3 goals, 2 ground balls; Justin Riggins, SP, 3 goals, 3 ground balls; Peter Christiansen, SP, 2 goals, 2 assists, 5 ground balls; Jack Maurer, SP, 15 saves)

Bellevue lacrosse downs Plano West in Texas
PLANO, Tex. — Cole Johnson scored 3 goals to lead Bellevue to its sixth win of the season with a 10 – 4 boys high school lacrosse defeat of Plano West High School, Wednesday in Plano, Texas.

With unfamiliar conditions, the defending state champions jumped out to a 5 – 0 lead in the first and took a 5 – 1 advantage into the half time break before netting 5 more in the fourth to cruise to the win. With game time temperatures pushing 83 degrees, the Wolverines played their first game without rain.

“I thought we responded pretty well to the climate,” said Bellevue coach John Baumann. “It’s always good to get our first win on the road.”

Bellevue sophomore Dakota Jones contributed 2 goals and neutralized the Wolves’ faceoff threat while Sam Leggett collected 7 ground balls and Austin Boyd had 12 saves to set the table for Bellevue.

Bellevue (6-1-0) continues its spring break Texas road swing on Saturday, April 9 against Highland Park near Dallas.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Bellevue 10, Plano West 4 (Cole Johnson, B, 3 goals, 1 assist; Tommy Spengler, B, 2 goals; Eric Haehl, B, 2 goals, 5 ground balls; Dakota Jones, B, 2 goals, Sam Leggett, B, 1 assist, 7 ground balls; Austin Boyd, B, 12 saves; Bradley Medeiros, B, 2 saves)

Bainbridge cruises past Stadium in boys lax
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – Jocob Knostman netted 4 goals and Alex Crane scored 3 to lead Bainbridge High School to a 13 – 2 boys high school lacrosse win, Wednesday at Bainbridge Stadium.

The Spartans jumped out to a 3 – 1 first quarter lead and netted another 4 in the second to take a 7 – 1 lead into the half. In the second half, Bainbridge added another 6 to cruise to the win.

Seven Spartans netted goals in the Bainbridge win. Drew Ramsey, JP Faulk tallied a goal apiece and Drew Thomas had a season-high 23 saves in goal for Stadium.

Bainbridge (6-0-0) next travels to Vancouver to face King’s Way (5-2-0) on Saturday, April 9 in a 7 p.m. start at Columbia River High School. Stadium (2-1-0) next faces Curtis (4-2-0), Tuesday, April 12 in a 5 p.m. start at Mason Middle School.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Bainbridge 13, Stadium 2 (Jacob Knostman, B, 4 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Alex Crane, B, 3 goals, 6 ground balls; Alexander Rabin, B, 2 goals, 2 ground balls; Nick Lacy, B, 1 goal, 1 assist, 7 ground balls; Julian Skotheim-Hillis, B, 3 saves; Drew Ramsey, S, 1 goal; JP Faulk, S, 1 goal, 4 ground balls; Drew Thomas, S, 23 saves)

Lake Washington drops Puyallup for 3rd lacrosse win
SUMNER – Cody and Jake Bernstein combined for 7 goals to lead Lake Washington to its third win of the season with a 14 – 5 high school lacrosse defeat of Puyallup, Wednesday at Sumner High School.

Lake Washington and Puyallup left the first knotted at 3 goals apiece before the Kangs broke loose with 4 second quarter goals to take a 7 – 3 advantage into the intermission. In the third the Kangs added another 4 goals and sealed the win with 3 fourth quarter goals.

Jonathan Friedl had 10 saves in goal to keep Lake Washington alive. Dean Morris had 3 goals and Robert Abbott had a goal and 12 ground balls for Puyallup.

Lake Washington (3-4-0) next faces Eastlake (4-3-0), Friday, April 8 in an 8 p.m. start at Lake Washington High School. Puyallup (0-6-0) next faces Lakeside (1-8-0), Saturday, April 9 in a 7 p.m. start at Sumner High School.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Lake Washington 14, Puyallup 5 (Cody Bernstein, LW, 4 goals, 1 assist; Jake Bernstein, LW, 3 goals, 3 assists; Jonathan Friedl, LW, 10 saves; Dean Morris, P, 3 goals; Robert Abbott, P, 1 goal, 1 assist, 12 ground balls; Nolan Ernst, P, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Austin Wolfe, P, 5 ground balls; Josh Kohler, P, 12saves)

Boys Division II

Roosevelt, Garfield boys lacrosse game suspended due to lightning
SEATTLE – Roosevelt and Garfield played to a 4 – 4 boys Division II high school lacrosse draw at the half before a lightning storm moving through Seattle’s Genesee Park, early Wednesday evening prompted officials to suspend the game. The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

Roosevelt (2-6-0) nest faces Blanchet, Tuesday, April 12 in a 5:30 p.m. start at Blanchet High School. Metro leading Garfield (3-2-0) next faces Selah (2-4-0), Friday, April 8 in a 5 p.m. start at Seattle’s Genesee Park.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Roosevelt 4, Garfield 4 (game suspended at halftime – lightning)

Klahowya drops North Kitsap for 3rd lax win
POULSBO – Olympic Division leading Klahowya advanced to 3-0 with a 13 – 3 boys lacrosse win over North Kitsap, Wednesday at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo. The win gave Klahowya a 1/12 game lead over Gig Harbor. North Kitsap suffered its second loss of the season.

Klahowya (3-0-0) next faces Tahoma (6-1-0), Friday, April 8 in a 7 p.m. start at Tahoma High School. North Kitsap (1-2-0) next faces Gig Harbor (3-3-0), Friday, April 8 in a 7 p.m. start at North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Klahowya 13, North Kitsap 3 (Nick Stevens, NK, 1 goal, 9 ground balls; Aaron Hack, NK, 1 goal, 4 ground balls; Brandon Larson, NK, 1 goal; Chazz Zachroff, NK, 10 saves)

Girls Division II

Whisman’s 7 goals leads Garfield past Kennedy in girls lax
SEATTLE – Linnea Whisman scored 7 goals to lead Garfield to its fifth win of the season with a 10 – 4 girls high school lacrosse defeat of Kennedy, Wednesday at Seattle’s Magnuson Park.

Zoe Brown added a goal and 6 ground balls to fuel the Bulldogs win. Brianna Goodwin, Monica Moffatt, Stephanie Moffatt and Danielle Sposari all scored for Kennedy.

Garfield (5-1-0) next faces North Kitsap (1-2-0), Friday, April 8, in a 6 p.m. start at Strawberry Field. Kennedy (3-2-1) next faces Holy Names (1-3-0), Tuesday, April 19 in a 5:30 p.m. start at Seattle’s Magnuson Park.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Garfield 10, Kennedy 4 (Linnea Whisman, G, 7 goals, 3 ground balls, 4 draw controls; Krishni Seasholes, G, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Zoe Brown, G, 1 goal, 6 ground balls; Annie Zwaschka, G, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Brianna Goodwin, K, 1 goal, 3 caused turnovers; Monica Moffatt, K, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Stephanie Moffatt, K, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Danielle Sposari, K, 1 goal; Jessika Lackie, K, 3 saves)

Games for Thursday, April 7

Boys Division I
Curtis at Lakeridge (Oregon)
Issaquah at Lawrenceville (New Jersey / 4:30 p.m.)
Sammamish at Lakeside (Lakeside School / 5:00 p.m.)
Eastside Catholic at Grant (Oregon / 7:00 p.m.)
Northshore at Woodinville (Pop Keeney Stadium / 7:00 p.m.)

Boys Division II
Nathan Hale at Franklin (Franklin HS / 5:00 p.m.)
Ballard at Blanchet (Blanchet HS / 5:30 p.m.)

Girls Division I
Seattle Prep at Roosevelt (Lower Woodland / 5:30 p.m.)

Girls Division II
Next Games: Friday, April 8

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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