Boys Division II Final: Snohomish brings first boys prep lacrosse title to north sound with 7-5 defeat of Garfield

Members of the Snohomish Division II varsity lacrosse team celebrate after winning their first state lacrosse crown, Saturday at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium. The Snohomish team, which draws from Snohomish, Glacier Peak, Archbishop Murphy, and Lake Stevens High Schools along with Cavalero Middle School, defeated the Bulldogs 7 – 4. Photo Courtesy: Michael Jardine / Sound Lacrosse

SEATTLE – Snohomish captured its first Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship with a 7 – 4 defeat of Garfield High School, Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. The Division II state title is the third overall since the program’s inaugural year in 2002. Snohomish won the girls Division II state title in 2008 and 2005.

Snohomish conceded its faceoff game while taking advantage of its depth along with strong goaltending by Glacier Peak senior goaltender Tucker Cooper to shut down the #3 seed Bulldogs, which had won seven of their last eight games overcoming three top seeds in the post season; Gig Harbor, Overlake and Seattle Prep, to earn a berth in Saturday’s title game.

After battling goal-for-goal in the first half, Snohomish emerged from the intermission with a 3 – 3 tie to frustrate the Garfield offense and steadily pull away for their 16th straight win. The Panthers last lost on the road to Division I Lake Washington 17 – 10 on March 22. The loss is their only blemish this season.

“This is pretty intense. I always thought Snohomish was considered a bunch of ruffians. Now we’re state champions,” said Cooper, who had 12 saves on the day. “This team really came together. We bonded. I never thought we would get here.”

Following a goal by Glacier Peak freshman Miles Russon to put Snohomish up 4 – 3 just 1:09 into the game, Cooper went to work turning away five Bulldog shots to hand on to the slim one-goal advantage. With just 34 seconds remaining in the third, Snohomish junior Harrison Wartes scored his second of the day to make it 5 – 3 heading into the final quarter.

In the end, flanked by two more goals of its own, Austin Tippett goals at 5:45 and :15 of the fourth, Snohomish would hold Garfield to just one more goal, a solo shot by Seattle Academy’s Jackson Lanning, at 4:22 of the fourth.

Snohomish High School junior David Wartes (#13 white) beats Garfield’s Parker Woo (#15 black) to the ball, in boys Division II state championship lacrosse action, Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle. Snohomish defeated the Bulldogs 7 – 4 for their first boys state championship. Photo Courtesy: Michael Jardine / Sound Lacrosse

Snohomish coach Chris Cote conceded the face-off game and moved the ball quickly in the offensive zone to take advantage of the Bulldogs. “I told our guys we were going to give up our faceoffs to beat (Jackson) Lanning,” said Snohomish coach Chris Cote, whose squad won just five of fourteen faceoffs with Garfield’s Jackson prevailing for most.

“This is the most important win for high school lacrosse in the North Sound community,” said Cote. “Seven years from now, the kids playing on our youth teams will look to this championship.”

In the opening half, Garfield’s Cedric Rhodes, a Seattle Academy junior, struck first giving the Bulldogs a 1 – 0 lead. Throughout the first both squads were tentative until Glacier Peak’s Gabe Girgus wound up in front of the Garfield net to beat Danny Strick to give Snohomish its first goal and knot the game at 1 – 1. Montana Reed, a Bush School sophomore, answered for the Bulldogs just a minute later to put Garfield back on top 2 – 1 closing out the quarter.

In the second, Girgus tallied his second of the night to knot the game at 2 – 2. Harrison Wartes added his first of the day to give the Panthers a 3 – 2 lead. With just 1:25 remaining in the half, Garfield senior Carl Barnes knotted the game for the third time to close out the half at 3 – 3.

Tippett led Snohomish scoring with three goals and two assists, while Girgus and Wartes each had two. Cooper finished with12 saves in goal.

For Garfield, Charlie Phelps, Barnes, Reed, and Lanning all scored, while Danny Strick had four saves.

Snohomish finishes its season with a 19-1-0 overall record (15-1-0 in the regular season), while Garfield, finished 13-7-0 (11-6-0 in the regular season).

In the boys Division I final, After a year on the state championship sideline, Bellevue regained its Washington Boys Division I prep lacrosse crown with a 13 – 4 defeat of Eastside Catholic, Saturday at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.

Scoring
Snohomish 1 2 2 2 — 7
Garfield 2 1 0 1 — 4

Snohomish 7, Garfield 4 (Austin Tippett, SNO, 3 goals, 2 assists, 3 ground balls; Gabe Girgus, SNO, 2 goals, 1 assist; Harrison Wartes, SNO, 2 goals, 4 ground balls, 3 ground balls; Brandon Todd, SNO, 1 assist; Jared Booth, SNO, 3 ground balls; Tucker Cooper, SNO, 12 saves; Cedric Rhodes, G, 1 goal, 1 assist; 3 ground balls; Charlie Phelps, G, 1 goal, 1 assist; Carl Barnes, G, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 ground balls ; Montana Reed, G, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Jackson Lanning, G, 1 goal, 7 ground balls; Elliott Voss, G, 2 ground balls; Danny Strick, G, 4 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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