Washington Lacrosse Girls High School State Championships Results: Bainbridge, Bellevue East capture state titles

Washington Lacrosse Girls High School State Championships: Bainbridge, Bellevue East capture state titles

Girls Division I Final

Bainbridge unseats Lakeside as state Division I lacrosse champion

Caption: Bainbridge midfielder Kelsey Mackin (#11 white) and attack Theo Fehsenfeld (#13 white) pursue the ball with Lakeisde’s Betsy Wade (#5 red) in Saturday’s girls Division I high school state championship. The Spartans unseated five-time defending state champion Lakside 16 – 8 and preserved an undefeated season. Michael Jardine / US Lacrosse

SAMMAMISH – Jaclyn Biggers led the way with 4 goals and sophomore goaltender Madeline Stevenson had 9 saves as Bainbridge unseated five-time defending state champion Lakeside to capture the girls Division I state high school lacrosse championship, Saturday at Charlie Acosta Field of the campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.

The win sealed a perfect 14-0-0 season for the Spartans and threw the monkey off the back of a Bainbridge squad that has dropped a series of state title games to the Lions in past years.

“We had some real help in dealing with the mental part of the game,” said Tommila, whose team dropped last year’s title game to the Lions 15 – 10 along with, a 14 – 13 double overtime heartbreaker in 2009 and a 9 – 8 defeat in 2008. “We took the negative moments and funneled them into positives.”

The title comes on the heels of an 18 – 12 regular season win over the Lions in April and is the eighth overall state title for Bainbridge, evening the Spartans with Lakeside for overall state title wins.

Right from the opening draw, Bainbridge came to play as the Spartans reeled off the game’s first eight goals including two rapid-fire scores by midfielders Bea Sheffer and Biggers in the first 30 seconds of play. Biggers, playing in her final game for the Spartans, notched 3 more on the day to increase her season scoring total to 60.

“We were pumped in the locker room and pumped after our 6 a.m. practice yesterday morning,” said Tommila. “We dictated the face of the game from the beginning.”

After the fifth goal, a Theo Fehsenfeld solo shot at 14:05, Lakeside coach Jamie Asaka, called a time out to settle her young team. The pause had little effect as Fehsenfeld hit two more as play resumed, igniting the Spartans to six of the next eight goals to finish the half at 10 – 3.

Throughout the game, as often as the Spartans scored, their goaltender played with the confidence and swagger of a seasoned veteran. With 9 saves on the afternoon, Stevenson came up big facing a barrage of 14 Lions shots in the first and 17 more in the second.

“(Stevenson) was really aggressive out there,” said Tommila whose defense scattered the Lions attack for most of the game. “She knew where her shots were coming from all afternoon. She was in a real zone.”

In the second, Sheffer, Biggers, Fehsenfeld and Mackin netted the first four for Bainbridge before Lakeside got back in the game.

The Lions scored five of the final seven goals beginning with a Sarah Drucker shot at 14:42 and back-to-back goals by sophomore attack Sammy McGanney and senior midfielder Emma Dorland at 13:26 and 11:23, but were never able to climb back into contention. The Lions closed out scoring with solo shots by senior midfielder Nikki Kiga and sophomore middie Kaylee Best solo shots in the final five minutes of play.

Lakeside, which started six sophomores during the season, finished the year uncharacteristically in third place in the Northeast Conference with a 7-2-2 record. “People were surprised that we were in the final,” said Lions head coach Jamie Asaka.

Despite its young team, the Lions took charge in the playoffs, dispatching Mercer Island 11 – 9 in the quarterfinals before taking care of powerful Snohomish in the semifinals to earn a trip to the title game.
“It’s not a fluke that they played in the state title game,” said Tommila. “They have heart.”

Biggers finished the night and her Bainbridge career with 4 goals and an assist, while Kelsey Mackin, and Fehsenfeld each scored 3 goals. For Lakeside, Kaylee Best scored 3 goals and Sarah Drucker, Sammy McGanney, Emma Dorland, Rebecca Long and Nikki Kiga all had single goals, while Madeline Hurlbut had 7 saves in goal.

Box Score
1 2 — F
Bainbridge 10 6 — 16
Lakeside 3 5 — 8

SCORING: Bainbridge 16, Lakeside 8 Bainbridge wins girls Division I state championship (Jaclyn Biggers, B, 4 goals, 1 assist; Kelsey Mackin, B, 3 goals, 1 ground ball; Theo Fehsenfeld, B, 3 goals, 1 assist; Hannah Knostman, B, 2 goals, 1 ground balls; Bea Sheffer, B, 2 goals; Grace Deery-Schmitt, B, 1 goal; Emma Entress, B, 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 ground balls; Madeline Stevenson, B, 9 saves; Kaylee Best, L, 3 goals, 1 ground ball; Sarah Drucker, L, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Sammy McGanney, L, 1 goal; Emma Dorland, L, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Rebecca Long, L, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Nikki Kiga, L, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Madeline Hurlbut, L, 7 saves

Girls Division II Final

Freshman’s OT winner lifts Bellevue East past Overlake for first D2 state title

Caption: Joanna Heywood (#17 blue) celebrates with Camille Sullivan (#2 blue) following Sullivan’s game winner with 7 seconds remaining in overtime to give Bellevue East their first state championship with a 17 – 16 defeat of Overlake, Saturday at the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish. Credit: Michael Jardine / US Lacrosse

SAMMAMISH – Freshman Camille Sullivan scored the game winner with 7 seconds to go in overtime to give first year coach Craig Van der Horn and Bellevue East their first girls state championship with a 17 – 16 defeat of the Overlake School in the Washington Lacrosse Girls Division II State Championship, Saturday at Charlie Acosta Field on the Campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.

The game wining goal was the seventh of the afternoon for the Sullivan and tied her season’s best – 7 goals in the home quarterfinal win over Bainbridge’s Division II squad. For Bellevue East, which draws students from five Bellevue high schools including Interlake, Newport and Sammamish, the title proved to be the high point in the fledgling four-year-old program’s history.

“The win feels incredible,” said Van der Horn. “The girls kept proving to me that they could work hard .

Fatigued and besieged with basic ball handling errors in the first half after the ordeal of a triple overtime 17 – 16 defeat of Klahowya in Wednesday’s semifinal, Bellevue East struggled to control the ball, finally slipping behind the Owls by six on an AD Gildner goal with 7:32 remaining in the half.

“They never showed us their game in the first half,” said Overlake head coach Sue Haviland. “They have so much talent – their stick skills and vision of the field are exceptional. Two weeks ago we had two halves of that. Today, with that margin, I felt like we were playing 0 – 0. I wasn’t comfortable in the slightest.”

Bellevue East responded to the challenge of falling behind, delivering three of the next four goals finished off by a Paige Romney score with just 4 seconds remaining to narrow the gap to 10 – 6 at the half.

“They were still dealing with nerves (in the first half),” said Van der Horn, who made the switch to a controlled offense midway through the first to rebuild the confidence of this squad. “I really had a belief in the team – that they could pull this off.”

The difference was noticeable. After scoring three of the final four goals of the first half to narrow the Owls’ lead to 10 – 6 at the half, Bellevue East began pecking away at the Owls lead in the second, scoring 7 of the first 8 goals of the half to take the lead for the first time 12 – 11 on an Elizabeth Soffey shot at 12:50.

The Owls rebounded with the next three back-to-back capped by Kerri Smith whipping a backhanded shot past Samantha Gunnerson with 7:37 remaining to take a 14 – 12 lead, but Bellevue East responded on three Sullivan goals over the next 3 minutes to take a one goal lead going into the final minute.

In the final seconds, with the game seemingly in hand, the Owls Grace Grubb snatched a Zoe Pinczower pass and fired a shot past East goaltender Quinn Phillips with just 1 second remaining in regulation to force overtime.

In the first 3-minute overtime half, Silverman gave Overlake a 16 – 15 advantage on a solo shot with 1:51 remaining. After changing sides, Kayla Miller evened the score at 16 with 2:49 remaining. East bounced several shots wide of the goal before Miller hit the winner with just 7 seconds left.

For Bellevue East Sullivan finished with 7 goals, 2 assists and 9 ground balls to lead all scorers and Kayla Miller netted 5 goals and an assist while Samantha Gunnerson had 12 saves in goal. Overlake Kerri Smith led the Owls with 4 goals and 3 assists while Grace Grubb, Sarah Silverman and Mariel Frank each had 3 goals. Quinn Phillips had 4 saves in goal for the Owls.

Overlake finished the season with a 13-2-0 record. On the way to the state championship, the Owls finished the season winning their last seven games including a 14 – 12 decision over Wenatchee and a 15 – 2 defeat of Mercer Island. Once in the state tournament, the Owls went to work, notching a 19 – 3 quarterfinal win over Kennedy and downing Garfield 19 – 15 to earn a berth in the title game.

Despite dropping two of its last three games of the season on losses to the Owls and Lake Sammamish, Bellevue East rose to the occasion in the playoffs, dispatching Bainbridge in the opening round then Klahowya in a triple overtime victory to land in the final game. Bellevue east finished the season 13-2-0.

Box Score: 1 2 OT — F
Bellevue East 6 9 2 — 17
Overlake 10 5 1 — 16

SCORING: Bellevue East 17, Overlake 16 OT Bellevue East wins girls Division II state championship (Camille Sullivan, BE, 7 goals, 2 assists, 9 ground balls; Kayla Miller, BE, 5 goals, 1 assists; Sophie Wolz, BE, 2 goals, 3 assists, 1 ground ball; Elizabeth Soffey, BE, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Joanna Heywood, BE, 1 goal, 4 ground balls; Paige Romney, BE, 1 goal; Samantha Gunnerson, BE, 12 saves; Kerri Smith, OV, 4 goals, 3 assists, ground balls; Grace Grubb, OV, 3 goals, 4 ground balls; Sarah Silverman, OV, 3 goals; Mariel Frank, OV, 3 goals, 1 assist, 4 ground balls; Katie Hill, OV, 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 ground balls; Zoe Pinczower, OV, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 ground balls; AD Gildner, OV, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Quinn Phillips, OV, 4 saves)

Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association All-Star Game

All State selections shine in all star lacrosse matchup
SAMMAMISH — Eastside Catholic’s Lauren Breynaert, Klahowya’s Jacky Hennegan and Lake Sammamish’s Marlena Masterleo all scored 3 goals to lead the Red team to a 17 – 13 win in the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association All Star game, Saturday at Charlie Acosta Field on the campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.

The All Star matchup, played prior to the girls Division I and II state championships, brought together for the first time in competition, Washington state’s All State honorees. Other top scorers included Issaquah’s Katie Mincin, Bellevue’s Conley Nemyre, Lake Sammamish’s Kate Wagner and Claire Monsaas and Snohomish’s Megan Davis for the Blue team.

SCORING: Red 17, Blue 13 (Lauren Breynaert, R / Eastside Catholic, 3 goals; Jacky Hennegan, R / Klahowya, 3 goals; Marlena Masterleo, R / Lake Sammamish, 3 goals; Linnea Whisman, R / Garfield, 2 goals, 1 assists; Maddie Soukup, R / Ballard, 1 goal; Kelsey Barta, R / Ballard, 1 goal; Madison Balckburn, R / Mercer Island, 1 goal, 1 assist; Emily Mincin, R / Issaquah, 1 goal; Tyler Sherper, R / Mercer Island, 1 goal, 1 assist; Meg Chapman, R / Woodinville, 1 goal; Katie Mincin, B / Issaquah, 2 goals; Conley Nemyre, B / Bellevue, 2 goals, 1 assists; Kate Wagner, B / Lake Sammamish, 2 goals; Claire Monsaas, B / Lake Sammamish, 2 goals; Megan Davis, B / Snohomish, 2 goals; Brittany Hogan, B / Issaquah, 1 goal, 1 assist; Amelia Chirichigno, B / Lake Sammamish, 1 goal; Adrienne Leonard, B / Roosevelt, 1 goal)

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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