Finals set for Washington lacrosse boys state championships, Saturday, May 26

SEATTLE — The finals are set for the 34th Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships, Saturday, May 26 at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.

In the Boys Division I state title game, Bellevue High School takes on the Eastside Catholic School, while in the Boys Division II state title game, Snohomish takes on Garfield.

The Boys Division II game gets underway at 3:30 p.m., while the boys Division I game gets underway at 6 p.m.

Both games are televised On Demand by Comcast. The On Demand telecast will be available to Comcast customers at no cost beginning in early June.

Boys Division I Preview
Bellevue High School vs. Eastside Catholic School

The Wolverines are led on offense by junior attackman Cole Johnson. In 19 regular season games the #2 leading scorer in Boys Division I play has 47 goals and 23 assists. Johnson has seven goals and four assists in two playoff games.
Photo Courtesy: Michael Jardine / Sound Lacrosse

Bellevue, 19-2-0 overall record (17-2-0 in regular season play), muscled its way back to the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship with a unlikely road semifinal win over defending state champion Mercer Island, Wednesday at Islander Stadium on Mercer Island.

The Bellevue playoff win, a decisive 13 – 2 blow that knocked the defending state champion Islanders from state title contention, put the Wolverines back into the Division I state title game for the first time since 2010. It’s just the Wolverines’ second state title appearance since 1992. Bellevue has played in a combined 17 boys Division I and II state championship games since beginning play in 1979. It’s the 20th overall state title appearance for the school.

Bellevue has won 13 straight games to close-out the season including three straight victories over difficult New York opponents in an April East Coast road swing. The Wolverines’ last and only defeats came back-to-back, first at home on March 30 in overtime to Issaquah 7 – 6, and then on the road at the hands of Eastside Catholic 12 – 11 on April 3.

The Wolverines are led on offense by junior attackman Cole Johnson. In 19 regular season games the #2 leading scorer in Boys Division I play has 47 goals and 23 assists. Johnson has seven goals and four assists in two playoff games.

In the 34-year history of lacrosse play at Bellevue High School, the Wolverines’ Division I squad won it all in 2010, won three straight from 1989 to 1991 and four straight between 1983 and 1986. Bellevue’s boys Division II squad won it all in 1998 and 1995. For the girls, Bellevue appeared in the 1993 while the Wolverines’ Division II squad won it all in 2003 and was runner-up to Snohomish in 2008.

Eastside Catholic is led by sophomore attackman Collin MacIlvennie (left). In 14 regular season games, the #4 leading scorer in the league has 46 goals and 11 assists. In two playoff games he has six goals and three assists.Photo Courtesy: Michael Jardine / Sound Lacrosse

Eastside Catholic, 14-3-0 (11-3-0 in the regular season), advanced to its first appearance in the boys Division I Washington state lacrosse title game with semifinal win over King’s Way, Wednesday on the campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.

The Crusaders, winners of their last four straight, have chalked up victories in 13 of their last 14 games with their only loss in the period, an 18 – 2 beating by Mercer Island on May 8.

Eastside Catholic is led by sophomore attackman Collin MacIlvennie. In 14 regular season games, the #4 leading scorer in the league has 46 goals and 11 assists. In two playoff games he has six goals and three assists.

After finishing with a 3-13-0 record in 2010, Eastside Catholic advanced to their first Boys Division I state championship game under first-year coach Lewis Ratcliff, since the school’s inaugural boys year in 2007. The championship appearance is the third in school history. The boys dropped the 2009 Division II championship to Overlake before advancing to the senior division the following year. In 2010, the Eastside Catholic girls defeated Kennedy to win the Division II state championship.

In their only matchup this season, Bellevue fell to the Crusaders 12-11 April 3 at the Eastside Catholic School.

The Comcast televised state title matchup gets underway at 6 p.m., Saturday at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

Boys Division II Preview
Snohomish vs. Garfield

Snohomish is led by Glacier Peak High School sophomore Gabe Girgus. In 16 regular-season games, the #9 scorer in Boys Division II play has 47 goals and 15 assists. In three playoff appearances, Girgus has five goals and two assists. Photo Courtesy: Matt Todd

Snohomish, 18-1-0 overall (15-1-0 in the regular season), advanced to its first boys state lacrosse title game with a 10 – 8 Division II semifinal win over Nathan Hale, Wednesday at Glacier Peak High School.

The state title berth is the first boys state title appearance for Snohomish and its third overall since the program’s inaugural year in 2002. Snohomish won the girls Division II state title in 2008 and 2005.

Snohomish has won its last 15 straight games on the way to the state title game. They last lost on the road to Division I Lake Washington 17 – 10 on March 22. The loss is their only blemish this season.

Snohomish is led by Glacier Peak High School sophomore Gabe Girgus. In 16 regular-season games, the #9 scorer in Boys Division II play has 47 goals and 15 assists. In three playoff appearances, Girgus has five goals and two assists.

The win sets in place a repeat matchup for Snohomish coach Chris Cote over Garfield, who eliminated them in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.

The Bulldogs are led by Seattle Academy junior attackman Cedric Rhodes (#8 purple / left). In 15 regular season games, the Boys Division II #4 scorer has 50 goals and 20 assists. In three post season appearances, Rhodes has 10 goals and seven assists.Photo Courtesy: Michael Jardine / Sound Lacrosse

Garfield, 13-6-0 (11-6-0 in the regular season), advanced to its first berth in the boys lacrosse state championships with a decisive 15 – 1 semifinal win over rival Seattle Prep, Wednesday at Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park.

Garfield, the #3 seed in the conference, which had to down three #1 seeds; Gig Harbor, Overlake and now Prep to get to the state title game, has won seven of their past eight games. The Bulldogs lost only to Vashon 19 – 3 on the final day of the regular season.

The Bulldogs are led by Seattle Academy junior attackman Cedric Rhodes. In 15 regular season games, the Boys Division II #4 scorer has 50 goals and 20 assists. In three post season appearances, Rhodes has 10 goals and seven assists.

The win sets up a Comcast televised state Division II title matchup at 3:30 p.m., Saturday at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium

Snohomish and Garfield did not face each other during the regular season.

2012 Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships Schedule
10:30 a.m. – 11:30a.m. Youth 5-6 Regional Honor Game
11:30 a.m. –12:30 p.m. Youth 7-8 Regional All-Star Game
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. High School All-Star Game
3:30 p.m. Boys Division II Finals
5:15 p.m. Awards Presentation
6:00 p.m. Boys Division I Finals

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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