High school lacrosse results for Wednesday, May 25 (AP-style game summaries)

High school lacrosse results for Wednesday, May 25

Boys Division I – State Semifinals

Bainbridge downs Issaquah, earns first trip to state finals since 2008

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Bainbridge High School capitalized on hat tricks by two attackmen and a midfielder to earn its first trip to the boys Division I state title game since 2008 with a 13 – 9 semifinal playoff win over Issaquah, Wednesday at Bainbridge High School.

With the win, the Spartans take on Mercer Island in Saturday’s boys Division I state final at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. The Islanders defeated defending state champion Bellevue 9 – 5 in its semifinal, Wednesday night at Mercer Island High School.

Spartan sophomore attack Jacob Knostman, and senior midfielders Cameron Parker and Alex Crane led the way Wednesday night, each scoring 3 goals and an assist as Bainbridge avenged past playoff losses to Issaquah (11-8) in the 2008 state title game and eventual state champions Issaquah and Bellevue in the 2009 and 2010 semifinals. The Spartans last won the boys Division I state championship in 2007, defeating Mercer Island 9 – 7.

Knostman, Parker and Crane also led the way on defense, combining for 13 ground balls to set the Spartans’ offensive table.

Throughout the game, Issaquah rarely challenged Spartans goalkeeper Reynolds Yarbrough who recorded just 4 saves on the night.

Bainbridge jumped out to a 2 – 0 first quarter lead and quickly built its advantage to 5 – 1 by the intermission. In the second half, the Spartans offense again delivered, scoring 6 goals to extend their lead to 11 – 3 going into the fourth. In the final stanza, Issaquah finally hit its stride, scoring 6 of its own, but in the end, coach Brandon Fortier’s squad was never able to catch the Spartans.

Attackmen Matt O’Neill and Jake Fritz and midfielder Kevin Powers led Issaquah scoring, each delivering 3 goals and an assist, while Brady Hahn had 7 saves in goal.

In their only other meeting of the season, Issaquah powered to an 8 – 6 home win over Bainbridge on April 30.

The win was the 17th of the season for the Southwest Conference regular season champions. On the way to the playoffs, the Spartans downed Tacoma, Seattle Prep and Puyallup in its final three games of the season earning a first-round bye. In the playoffs, Bainbridge dispatched Eastside Catholic in the quarterfinals.

Issaquah finished the regular season 15-7-0. The club won six of its final seven games to finish the regular season tied with Bellevue for second in the Northeast Conference. After earning a first-round bye, Issaquah dispatched Tacoma in the quarterfinals.

On Saturday, Bainbridge High School’s girls Division I lacrosse team defeated five-time defending state champion Lakeside to earn its eighth all-time girls state lacrosse championship.

Saturday’s boys Division I state championship gets underway at 7:30 p.m. and is televised on-demand by Comcast.

Scoring 1 2 3 4 — F
Bainbridge 2 3 6 2 — 11
Issaquah 0 1 2 6 — 9

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Bainbridge 13, Issaquah 9 – Bainbridge advances to state championship game (Jacob Knostman, B, 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Cameron Parker, B, 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Alex Crane, B, 3 goals, 1 assist, 7 ground balls; Jacob Goodman, B, 2 goals, 3 assists; Reynolds Yarbrough, B, 4 saves; Matt O’Neill, IS, 3 goals, 1 assists, 1 ground ball; Jake Fritz, IS, 3 goals, 1 assists, 1 ground ball; Kevin Powers, IS, 3 goals, 1 assists, 4 ground balls; Brady Hahn, IS, 7 saves)

Mercer Island dispatches defending champion Bellevue for lacrosse state title berth
MERCER ISLAND — Midfielder Connor Bernal netted 4 goals to lead Mercer Island to a 9 – 5 boys Division I semifinal playoff win over defending state champions Bellevue, Wednesday at Mercer Island High School for a berth in the Division I state championship game.

The trip to Saturday’s state title game, a matchup with undefeated Bainbridge, which defeated Issaquah in its semifinal, is the Islander’s 10th in 11 years. Mercer Island fell to Bellevue in last year’s championship.

Bernal was among seven Islanders to score in the win. The junior’s 4 goals were complimented by 4 ground ball grabs on defense.

Islander coach Ian O’Hearn anticipated a strong showing from Bellevue’s attackmen in the matchup. “We laid out exactly what they were going to do,” said O’Hearn, whose squad dominated faceoffs in the second half, winning 9 of 9 and held Bellevue’s attackmen to just 3 goals on the night.

The state championship trip is the ninth in 10 years for O’Hearn since taking over the MI program.

In the first, the Islanders and Bellevue knotted the game at 1 – 1 before Mercer Island broke away for 3 goals in the second to take a 4 – 2 lead into the intermission. In the third, the two rivals again played head-to-head scoring 2 goals each as the Islanders took a 6 – 4 lead into the final quarter. In the fourth, MI held Bellevue to just a solo goal while adding another 3 seal the victory.

Attackmen Grant Preisler and Matthew Shields, and midfielders Colton Knebel and Alex Robbs all scored solo shots for the Islanders while Brian Bernstein recorded 8 saves in goal.

For Bellevue, Drew Douglas led all scorers, while Austin Boyd had 14 saves in the Wolverine nets.

In their only meeting this season, the Islanders downed the Wolverines 8 – 6 in a March 31 matchup at Bellevue High School.

Mercer Island finished the regular season winning its finals 10 games for an 18-2-0 record atop the Northeast Conference. After earning a first-round playoff bye, the Islanders eliminated King’s Way in the quarterfinals to advance to the matchup with Bellevue.

Bellevue finished the season 16-5-0. The Wolverines won four of its final five games of the regular season to tie Issaquah for second in the Northeast Conference. In the playoffs, the Wolverines dispatched Lake Tapps in the opening round and Curtis in the quarterfinals, before falling to the Islanders.

Scoring 1 2 3 4 – F
Mercer Island 1 3 2 3 — 9
Bellevue 1 1 2 1 — 5

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Mercer Island 9, Bellevue 5 – Mercer Island advances to state championship game (Connor Bernal, MI, 4 goals; 4 ground balls; Doug Mahony, MI, 1 goal, 2 assists, 3 ground balls; Grant Preisler, MI, 1 goal; Matthew Shields, MI, 1 goal; Colton Knebel, MI, 1 goal, 6 ground balls; Alex Robbs, MI, 1 goal, 1 assist; T. Claes Johnson, MI, 2 assists; Brian Bernstein, MI, 8 saves, 4 ground balls; Drew Douglas, B, 2 goals; Hank Bethke, B, 1 goal, 1 assist; Eric Haehl, B, 1 goal; Thomas Spengler, B, 1 goal; Cole Johnson, B, 2 assists; Austin Boyd, B, 14 saves)

Boys Division II – State Semifinals

Sammamish drops Blanchet to earn first state lacrosse title berth

BELLEVUE – Tyvan Schmidt and Tyler Wright netted hat tricks to send Sammamish to its first state championship berth in a 16 – 4 boys Division II semifinal playoff win over Blanchet, Wednesday at Newport High School in Bellevue.

Playing in its third playoff appearance in their fifth year of high school lacrosse play, the win elevated Sammamish to a boys Division II title matchup with upstart Woodinville, which also won its semifinal.

Sammamish jumped out to a 4 – 1 lead in the first before matching the Braves 2 – 2 in the second to take a 6 – 3 lead into the intermission. In the third, the two squads held each other to solo goals before Sammamish exploded for 9 fourth-quarter goals to break the game open.

Nine Sammamish players scored for Sammamish including Brian Headland, Neil Hones, Cooper Horton and Riley Martin, who each netted a pair of goals. Blanchet’s Zane Zielke scored 2 goals, while David Van Der Hoff, Connor Black and Tyler Schmutz all netted solo goals. Zach Traynor had 12 saves in goal for the Braves.

Blanchet, the second place Metro Conference finisher, wrapped up its season with a 12-5-0 record. On the way to the playoffs, the Braves defeated Ballard and Nathan Hale in the final two games of the regular season before dropping Redmond in the opening round and Skagit Valley in the semifinals.

Sammamish enters the title game having won their final 10 games of the regular season to finish 16-1-0 on top of the Evergreen Conference. In the playoffs, Sammamish defeated Three Rivers and Providence before taking care of Blanchet in the semifinals

Scoring 1 2 3 4 – F
Sammamish 4 2 1 9 — 16
Blanchet 1 2 1 0 — 4

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Sammamish 16, Blanchet 4 – Sammamish advances to state championship game (Tyvan Schmidt, S, 3 goals, 2 assists; Tyler Wright, S, 3 goals; Brian Headland, S, 2 goals; Neil Hones, S, 2 goals, 1 assist; Cooper Horton, S, 2 goals; Riley Martin, S, 2 goals; Sean Sternberg, S, 1 goal, 1 assist; Matt Young, S, 1 goal; Sam Chapman, S, 1 assist; Morgan White, S, 6 saves; Zane Zielke, B, 2 goals; David Van der Hoff, B, 1 goal, 1 assist; Connor Black, B, 1 goal, 1 assist; Tyler Schmutz, B, 1 goal; Zach Traynor, B , 12 saves)

Woodinville drops Garfield in boys lacrosse semis, earns first state title berth
WOODINVILLE – Making its first playoff appearance in just its second year of Boys Division II high school lacrosse play, Woodinville advanced to the state title game with an 8 – 3 semifinal playoff defeat of Metro Conference champion Garfield, Wednesday at Woodinville High School.

The win extended Woodinville’s unbeaten string to a perfect 17-0 and set up a title game matchup with 16-1-0 Sammamish, Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

In the first meeting of the two programs this year, Woodinville demonstrated its offense prowess, holding the high-scoring Bulldog offense scoreless in the first for a 3 – 0 lead. Woodinville extended its lead to 5 – 1 by the intermission, before adding two goals in the third and a solo shot in the final to secure its first berth in the state title game.

Colter Clinch, JD Chapman and Tyler Paris all scored 2 goals to lead the Woodinville offense, while Trevor Brown, Clemens Mitchell, Dalton Combs and Cameron Schmidt combined for 23 ground balls to lead the defense. Dalton Combs had 15 saves in goal. For Garfield, Cedric Rhodes netted 2 goals and Jackson Lanning had a single score.

In the regular season, Woodinville finished 14-0-0 on top of the Cascade Conference before dispatching Nathan Hale in opening round post season action, North County in the quarterfinals and Garfield in the semis.

Garfield finished its season 16-4-0. The Bulldogs finished the regular season winning its finals 10 games to capture the regular season Metro Conference crown. In the playoffs, the Bulldogs defeated Snohomish in the opening round and Wenatchee in the quarterfinals before falling to Woodinville.

The boys Division II championship game gets underway at 5 p.m., Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

Scoring 1 2 3 4 — F
Woodinville 3 2 2 1 — 8
Garfield 0 1 1 1 — 3

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Woodinville 8, Garfield 3 – Woodinville advances to state championship game (Colter Clinch, W, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; JD Chapman, W, 2 goals, 1 assist; Tyler Paris, W, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Keaton House, W, 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 ground ball; Daniel McKee, W, 1 goal; Trevor Brown, W, 1 assist, 7 ground balls; Clemens Mitchell, W, 7 ground balls; Dalton Combs, W, 5 ground balls; Cameron Schmidt, W, 4 ground balls; Dalton Combs, W, 15 saves; Cedric Rhodes, G, 2 goals; Jackson Lanning, G, 1 goal)

State Tournament Schedule

Boys Division I
Bracket: http://www.sportability.com/spx/Leagues/Playoffs.asp?LgID=26603

Saturday, May 28 – State Championship
Bainbridge vs. Mercer Island (Memorial Stadium, Seattle / 7:30 p.m.)

Boys Division II
Bracket: http://www.sportability.com/spx/Leagues/Playoffs.asp?LgID=26604

Saturday, May 28 – State Championship
Woodinville vs. Sammamish (Memorial Stadium, Seattle / 5:00 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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