Washington Lacrosse Boys High School State Championships: Mercer Island, Woodinville capture state titles
Boys Division I
Mercer Island stops Bainbridge for fifth overall state lacrosse title
Caption: Bainbridge sophomore Jacob Knostman (#13 blue) chases Mercer Island goaltender Brian Bernstein (#2 white) in the first half of Saturday’s Boys Division I state championship. The Islanders won 5 – 3 for their fifth state lacrosse championship. Credit: Michael Jardine
SEATTLE – Mercer Island goaltender Brian Bernstein stopped 14 shots to hold Bainbridge’s offense at bay as the Islanders powered to the 2011 boys Division I Washington state high school lacrosse championship with a 5 – 3 defeat of the Spartans, Saturday before 2,250 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.
The win gave the Islanders their fifth overall state championship. The Islanders last won the state title in 2006. Matthew Shields and Zac Stickney each scored 2 goals and Doug Mahoney scored a solo goal. Bernstein had 14 saves in goal for the Islanders.
“Our defense won this game for us,” said Islander coach Ian O’Hearn who notched his fourth state title at the helm of the Islanders’ program. “Bernstein was a brick wall for us.”
With 14 saves on the night, Bernstein who averaged a 65 percent save percentage in six games, was stellar in goal turning away goal after goal.
Following a game opening goal by Bainbridge sophomore Jacob Knostman at 10:49 of the first, the Islanders responded on a Zac Stickney goal just under a minute late to tie the game. Matthew Shields converted a Doug Mahony pass at 7:51 take the lead and just 44 seconds later put the Islanders up 3 – 1.
With the teams exchanging possessions in the second, the Islanders added another goal at 1:43 to take a 4 -1 lead into the half.
“At half time we were emotionally falling apart,” said Bainbridge senior defender Quinn McMahon. “At the half we were right there and decided to straighten ourselves out. The first quarter go to our heads.”
In the third, Bainbridge found itself with several opportunities in the Mercer Island zone, but was unable to convert as the longpole defensive of senior Ryan Blumenstein, Alex Medlock and TJ Blackburn forced the Spartans off their game.
Strong goaltending by Spartan freshman Reynolds Yarborough kept Bainbridge in the game. “Going into the game I was terrified,” said Yarborough a late season choice by Spartan coach Jack Visco to take over net minding from Julian Skotheim. “The first shot I missed and said ‘OK” that one,” said Reynolds. “My defense held me in the game.
Just 20 seconds into the fourth, the Islanders extended their lead to 5 – 1 before Bainbridge narrowed the lead to 5 – 3 on goals by Alex Crane at 10:59 and again at 4:58. But that was all for the Spartans as the Islanders hung on for the win.
For Mercer Island, Shields finished with 2 goals and 3 ground balls and Stickney and Doug Mahony each had a goal. Bainbridge’s Alex Crane finished with 2 goals and 3 ground balls, while Knostman had a solo goal and Yarbrough had 8 saves.
Bainbridge finished the season 18-3-0, while the Islanders finished at 21-2-0.
Box Score 1 2 3 4 — F
Mercer Island 3 1 0 1 — 5
Bainbridge 1 0 0 2 — 3
SCORING: Mercer Island 5, Bainbridge 3 – Mercer Island wins boys Division I state title (Matthew Shields, MI, 2 goals, 3 ground balls; Zac Stickney, MI, 2 goals; Doug Mahony, MI, 1 goal; Brian Bernstein, MI, 14 saves; Alex Crane, B, 2 goals, 3 ground balls; Jacob Knostman, B, 1 goal; Reynolds Yarbrough, B, 8 saves)
Boys Division II
Chapman’s four goals leads Woodinville past Sammamish for first Division II lacrosse championship
Caption: A Woodinville attackman puts a hit of Sammamish’s Sam Chapman in Saturday’s boys Division II state lacrosse championship. Woodinville defeated Sammamish 10-7 to secure a perfect record and their first state lacrosse title. Credit: Michael Jardine
SEATTLE – Led by senior JD Chapman’s four goals and a smothering defense, Woodinville outlasted Sammamish 10 – 7 to secure a perfect season and capture their first Washington state Division II lacrosse championship, Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
The win gave the upstart Woodinville program and second-year coach Gavin Molitor their first state title in just their second year of play.
“There was no single hero in this game. This championship was won a s a complete team,” said Molitor, who built the Falcons’ squad around a dozen Woodinville players who had played with him at the Division II Northshore program two years ago.
“There is a part of this win that goes back two years. We wanted to build in our commitment of winning in this community,” said Molitor. “It’s a victory not just for this team but for the 170 kids in our youth program, our parents and the Woodinville community. It feels unreal.”
Woodinville used a combination of offensive scoring and relentless defense that both gave the Falcons the early lead and held Sammamish senior attackman Tyvan Schmidt to just one goal.
Chapman, who anchors the offensive line on the Falcon’s football squad as a center, was the driving force on offense for the Falcons.
We really came together as a team,” said Chapman, who led the Falcons in regular season scoring with 41 goals and 32 assists. “Our defensive play was solid all year. They all produced for us. Today, they made the difference.”
Chapman opened scoring at 9:20 of the first, connecting on the lead score of two Falcon goals in the quarter, giving the Falcons a 2 -1 lead going into the second quarter. In the second, Sammamish’s Schmidt tied the game at 10:19 before Colter Clinch and Chapman again put Woodinville up by 2 goals 4-2. Followed by a Brian Headland goal to again bring the game to within one for Sammamish, Chapman scored his third goal of the night to give the Falcons a 5 – 3 lead. Following a Woodinville timeout, Sammamish’s Neil Hones scored his first of the night to again narrow the lead to 5-4 at halftime.
In the third, Chapman broke nearly a six-minute scoring drought with a shot past Sammamish’s goaltender Morgan White at 5:58. Just over a minute later, William Prostka added the Falcon’s seventh goal. Sammamish would add two more including a Tyler Wright score with 32 seconds remaining in the quarter to narrow the lead to 8 -6 going into the final quarter. But it the final quarter Woodinville added two more to take a 10 – 6 lead before Sammamish’s Neil Hones, who had 9 shots on the night, connected for his third goal with just 23 seconds remaining on a man-up opportunity to close out the game.
“They played great ‘D’,” said Sammamish’s Schmidt, who connected on only his single goal despite getting off 7 attempts. “Maybe they wanted it more. “Overall they are a great team. They earned it.”
For Woodinville, Chapman had 2 assists and a ground ball while Clinch and Daniel McKee each netted 2 goals. Dalton Combs led the Falcons on defense with 14 ground balls. For Sammamish, Neil Hones netted 3 goals, Matt Young had a goal and 8 ground balls and Schmidt finished with a goal and 3 ground balls.
Woodinville finished the season at 18-0-0, while Sammamish, dropping just their second game of the year, finished at 19-2-0.
Box Score 1 2 3 4 — F
Woodinville 2 3 3 2 — 10
Sammamish 1 3 2 1 — 7
SCORING: Woodinville 10, Sammamish 7 – Woodinville wins Division II state championship (JD Chapman, W, 4 goals, 2 assists, 1 ground balls; Colter Clinch, W, 2 goals, 1 assists, 1 ground ball; Daniel McKee, W, 2 goals, 2 ground balls; Clemens Mitchell, W, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Evan Schnitzius, W, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Trevor Brown, W, 5 ground balls; Cameron Schmidt, W, 4 ground balls; Dalton Combs, W, 14 ground balls; Neil Hones, S, 3 goals, 4 ground balls; Matt Young, S, 1 goal, 8 ground balls; Brian Headland, S, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Tyler Wright, S, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Tyvan Schmidt, S, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Sam Chapman, S, 7 ground balls; Jake DeWulf, S, 4 ground balls; Morgan White, S, 6 saves)
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