Washington state prep lacrosse schedules announced

SEATTLE –The Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse today announced the 2012 schedules for boys and girls high school lacrosse for its 34th season in Washington state.

The spring season for school teams throughout western Washington and the Spokane, Wenatchee, Tri Cities and Yakima areas in eastern Washington gets underway on March 9 and concludes with the girls state championships Saturday, May 19 at The Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish and the boys state championships, Saturday, May 26 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

In 2012, lacrosse continues to grow in Washington state with the addition of 10 new boys and girls high school teams among the 157 now available to students attending nearly 200 high schools in the state.

Boys Schedule

The Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association season begins Friday, March 9 with 2011 Division I runner-up Issaquah traveling to the Overlake School and Lake Washington visiting Bainbridge. State Division I champion Mercer Island opens its season on the road at Bainbridge (Saturday, March 10), while Woodinville, the Division II state champion, now playing in Division I, opens at home against Division II state runner-up Sammamish (Tuesday, March 13).

New boys teams are located in Burien (Kennedy Catholic High School), Edmonds (Meadowdale High School / Lynnwood High School), Monroe (Monroe High School) and Camas (Union High School).

In their first games Kennedy hosts Highline and Monroe travels to Everett (Tuesday, March 13), while Redmond travels to Camas to face Union High School (Friday, March 16).

Girls Schedule

The Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association, which to accommodate growth has reconfigured into single varsity and JV divisions, kicks-off Monday, March 12 with four games; North Kitsap at Spanaway Lake, Lake Sammamish at Klahowya, Mercer Island hosting Overlake and Curtis visiting Forest Ridge. Girls Division I state champion Bainbridge opens its season at home against Issaquah, while girls Division II state champion Bellevue East opens in a home matchup with Mercer Island (both games on Wednesday, March 14).

New girls varsity teams are located in Spanaway (Bethel High School / Spanaway Lake High School), Graham (Graham-Kapowsin High School), Tacoma (Bellarmine Prep) and Puyallup (Puyallup High School / Rogers High School).

In their first games Bethel hosts Bellevue (Monday, March 12), Graham-Kapowsin hosts Eastside Catholic (Tuesday, March 13), Puyallup hosts Curtis (Wednesday, March 14), Bellarmine Prep hosts Lake Tapps (Thursday, March 15).

Girls JV teams playing in their first season include Gig Harbor (Gig Harbor High School / Peninsula High School) and Vashon Island (Vashon Island High School).

Spokane Teams

In Spokane, teams from Gonzaga Prep (boys and girls), University and Central Valley High Schools (boys) and South Hill (Ferris High School) (boys) play in the North Idaho Lacrosse League. The season also gets underway for Spokane teams in early March.

Complete boys and girls high school varsity and junior varsity schedules for all Washington teams are available at www.USLAX-WA.org

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 34-year local history, 157 individual boys and girls high school teams are available to students attending nearly 200 WIAA schools 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 the spring season and 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 follow us on Facebook or Twitter @WashingtonHSLAX. 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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Image Caption: Mercer Island’s Brian Berstein (#2 white) outruns Bainbridge High’s Jacob Knostman (#13 blue) in the 2011 Washington Lacrosse Boys State Division I Championships at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium. Credit: Sound Lacrosse

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