Girls high school state lacrosse championships set for Saturday

Girls high school state lacrosse championships set for Saturday

Girls Division I: Lakeside vs. Bainbridge, Girls Division II: Bellevue East vs. Overlake

SEATTLE – In a rematch of last year’s girls Division I state championship, five-time defending champion Lakeside will again face Bainbridge in the title game, while Bellevue East, coming off a thrilling triple overtime semifinal win, will face Overlake for the Division II title, Saturday at Charlie Acosta Field on the campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.

The Washington Lacrosse High School State Championships gets underway with the girls Division II title game at 11 a.m. while the Division I title game starts at 2 p.m.

The day of lacrosse includes a girls youth game beginning at 9 a.m.

Division I Preview –Lakeside School vs. Bainbridge High School

In the Division I game, coach Jamie Asaka hopes to guide the Lions to their sixth straight state title and ninth in the history of the Lakeside School program, which along with Bainbridge were among the four inaugural high school programs to embrace the girls game in 1992.

In the 2010 title game, senior Sarah Pollnow scored 7 goals to lead Lakeside to the state title, an undefeated season with a 15 – 10 defeat of Bainbridge. Over 1,150 spectators turned out for the title match.

In 2011, the roles are reversed with Bainbridge coach and Washington Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee Tami Tommila bringing her Spartans to the game with a perfect 13-0-0 record, while Lakeside is 9-2-2 overall. The Lions’ only two losses came at the hands of Snohomish in the season opener and Bainbridge on April 13.

In the quarterfinals, Bainbridge defeated Seattle Prep 18 – 4 and in the semifinals survived a late Issaquah rally for a 13 – 12 win. Lakeside earned an 11 – 9 quarterfinal win over Mercer Island, then ended Snohomish’s season with an 11 – 9 semifinal win.

Who to Watch
Bainbridge is led by the league’s fourth leading scorer, senior Jaclyn Biggers. In seven regular season games and two playoff games, the center has delivered 57 goals. On defense, the Spartans are led by Bea Sheffer with 20 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers in 10 regular season and two playoff games. Four Spartans have logged over 20 draw controls this season; Sheffer and Kelsey Mackin each have 23 followed by Morgan Moniz and Biggers with 21 each. Bainbridge goaltender Madeline Stevenson ranks second in the league with a 56 percent save percentage.

Lakeside is led by senior midfielder Emma Dorland. In Dorland’s nine regular season and two playoff games, she has scored 33 goals to lead all Lions. On defense, four Lions have grabbed 10 or more ground balls; Makayla Dejong (13), Kaylee Best (11), Natalie Fox (11) and Avalon Igawa (10). Best leads the team in caused turnovers with 11 while Fox is the team leader in draws with 28. Lakeside goaltender Madeline Hurlbut ranks ninth in goaltending with a 44 percent save percentage.

Lax Shorts
Lakeside ranks eighth in all-time girls state titles with eight, while Bainbridge has seven. The Spartans last won the Division I state title in 2005.

Division II Preview – Bellevue East vs Overlake School

In the Division II title game, first-year Bellevue East coach Craig Vanderhorn brings his squad to their first state championship game in the four year history of the program. In the semifinals, Bellevue East, which draws players from Interlake, Newport and Sammamish High Schools along with the Bellevue Christian School and Bellevue International School, held off the league’s leading scorer and transfer from Virginia, Jacky Hennegan and previously undefeated Klahowya 17 – 16 in a triple overtime thriller. In the quarterfinals Bellevue East eliminated Bainbridge 10 – 7. Bellevue East is 12-2-0 overall.

Overlake coach and Washington lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, Sue Haviland brings the Owls, 13-1-0 overall, to the title game after surviving a 19 – 15 semifinal shoot-out with Metro Conference champion Garfield. The Owls beat Kennedy 19 – 3 in the quarterfinals.

Who to Watch
Bellevue East is led by the league’s number four and five scorers midfielders Camille Sullivan and Kayla Miller and and with Sophie Wolz, boasts three players among the league’s top 10 goal scorers. Sullivan has 58 goals in 12 regular season and 4 playoff games this season, while Miller, who netted the triple overtime winner in its semifinal with Klahowya, has 56 goals. On defense, Bellevue East’s Miller has 62 ground balls and Sullivan has grabbed 50. Bellevue East goaltender Samantha Gunnerson has a 45 percent save percentage.

Overlake is led by midfielder Katie Hill. Hill has scored 33 goals in 11 regular season and 2 playoff wins this season. On defense, three Owls cracked the league’s top 10 in ground balls; midfielders Kerri Smith is third with 54, and Zoe Pinczower is sixth with 41 and Hill is 10th with 39. Overlake goaltender Quinn Phillips ranks fifth in save percentage with 52 percent.

Lax Shorts
Bellevue East is making its first appearance in a state championship game in the four-year history of the program. The Overlake School is making its second title game appearance in three years. Overlake’s boys squad won the Division II title in 2009.

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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