2012 High School Girls Awards: Overlake’s Haviland named 2012 girls lacrosse coach of the year

Overlake’s Haviland named 2012 girls lacrosse coach of the year

Overlake wins Sportsmanship Awards, Holy Names wins Scholastic Award

Long time Overlake School girls lacrosse coach Sue Haviland (center) was named 2012 Coach of the Year by the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. Photo Courtesy: Michael Jardine

SEATTLE – The Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association announced today that long-time Overlake School girls varsity lacrosse coach and teacher Sue Haviland has been named 2012 Coach of the Year, while her Overlake Varsity and JV teams received the league’s Team Sportsmanship Awards.

Haviland, a Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame inductee, is in her 20th season at Overlake. Her Owls have earned post-season berths in four of the past five seasons including a one-goal loss in the 2011 Division II state title game.

In 2012, after the former girls Division II was consolidated into a single Girls Varsity league, the Haviland-led Owls finished 8-5-1 (7-4-1 in the regular season) against more difficult competition before falling in the quarterfinals to Bainbridge, the defending state champion. Along with her team’s success, two of her student-athletes; Zoe Pinczower and Jimena Sanchez received individual honors with their selection to the 2012 Washington State Girls All-Conference and All-State Teams.

“Sue Haviland’s commitment to the sport of lacrosse and her student-athletes is unparalleled,” said Jason Hennig, president of the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. “After having tremendous success at the Division II level, Sue made the best of just a 15-girl roster and again made the playoffs this year,” he said. “Sue coaches with great enthusiasm and integrity. She is a role model for every coach, student-athlete and parent in lacrosse.”

2012 Team Scholastic Achievement Award
Seattle’s Holy Names Academy received the league’s 2012 Team Scholastic Achievement Award. It’s the third consecutive year that the Cougars have won the award. Holy Names’ 18-girl roster turned in a team GPA of 3.70 among its eight seniors, seven juniors, two sophomores and one freshman. The average for teams applying for the award was a 3.47 GPA.

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 www.WashingtonHSLAX.com 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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