Girls 3rd / 4th Place Game: Sheckles stops 16 as Lakeside rebounds drop MI for third overall in girls lacrosse

Lakeside’s Kaylee Best (#7 white) scores as Lakeside downs Mercer Island 12 – 5 to finish third in state at the Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship tournament Saturday at the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish. Photo Couesay: Michael Jardine / Sound Lacrosse

SAMMAMISH— After a disappointing semifinal loss that bounced Lakeside from state title contention, the Lions rebounded behind black-out goaltending by sophomore Amerra Sheckles to land a decisive win over Mercer Island and captured third place in the Washington Lacrosse Girls High School State Championship tournament, Friday on the campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish. The win gave the Lions a 14-3-0 record.

Sheckles stopped 16 Islander shots including 12 in the decisive second half to put the Lions in position for the win.

“This was the last game with our seniors, I didn’t want to let them down,” said Sheckles who played the full game with a broken thumb on her stickside hand. “My goal was to stay focused and stay in the moment. For me the score is always 0 – 0. I just black out the rest.”

At one point late in the second with MI trailing 11 – 4, Sheckles turned away four shots including two by Tyler Sherper within a two-minute span that, had they gone in, would have brought the Islanders back to within striking range of the Lions.

“I told our four seniors before the game that their legacy would not be the semifinal loss (to Lake Sammamish) but how we played today,” said Lakeside coach Jamie Asaka. “When you’re down, that’s when it counts the most.”

In the first, junior Madison Blackburn struck first for the Islanders, but Lakeside’s Natalie Fox tied in just 2:36 later on a nifty dodge in front of the Islander net. Following goal by MI’s Tyler Sherper, Lakeside went on a three-goal run over the next four minutes to make it 4 – 2 Lions. After a solo goal by MI’s Saffron Snethen, Lakeside closed out the half on goals by Rebecca Long and Alena Pilichowski to give the Lions a 6 – 3 advantage at the half.

In the second, Lakeside ‘s offense came alive, scoring five unanswered goals starting with a Rebecca Long shot with 20 second remaining in the first, to make it 9 – 3 with 15:30 left in the contest before the Islanders could find the net again. In the end, the Lions would score three more, while sophomore goaltender Amerra Scheckles continued to stop shot after shot by the Islanders.

For Lakeside, Rebecca Long led the scoring with four goals, while Sammy McGanny had three goals and Sheckles had 16 saves.

The Islanders were led by Blackburn with two goals, while Sherper, Skouras and Saffron Snethen rounded out the scoring. Hannah Paborsky had five ground balls and Erika Eagan had six saves in goal.

The Islander finished the season 12-4-1. Their only losses coming twice against Lakeside and to Lake Sammamish and Bainbridge.

Scoring
Lakeside 5 7 – 12
Mercer Island 3 2 – 5

Lakeside 12, Mercer Island 5 – Lakeside finishes third overall (Rebecca Long, LS, 4 goals, 2 ground balls; Sammy McGanney, LS, 3 goals, 1 caused turnover; Kaylee Best, LS, 2 goals, 2 assists, 5 ground balls, 2 draw controls, 1 caused turnover; Alena Pilichowski, LS, 1 goal; Sarah Drucker, LS, 1 goal; Natalie Fox, LS, 1 goal, 2 ground balls, 2 draw controls, 2 caused turnovers; Amerra Sheckles, LS, 16 saves; Madison Blackburn, MI, 2 goals, 1 ground ball, 2 draw controls; Tyler Sherper, MI, 1 goal, 2 draw controls; Elena Skouras, MI, 1 goal, 2 ground balls, 1 caused turnover; Saffron Snethen, MI, 1 goal, 4 ground balls, 4 caused turnovers; Hannah Paborsky, MI, 5 ground balls, 1 draw control, 1 caused turnover; Erika Eagan, MI, 6 saves)

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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