US Lacrosse names 14 high school All-Americans in Washington state

SEATTLE – The Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse announced today that 14 high school student-athletes in Washington state have been named to the 2012 US Lacrosse All-American team.

The selections mark the first time since the awards were first made in Washington state in 1987 that as many as 14 local student-athletes have been named All-American or All-American Honorable Mention in a single year.

Local selections include three from Girls Varsity state champion Bainbridge High School (Kelsey Mackin, Grace Deery-Schmitt, Madeline Stevenson), two each from Boys Division I state champion Bellevue High School (Sam Leggett, Austin Boyd), Issaquah High School (Ben Director, Kole Lindor), Mercer Island High School (Connor Bernal, Elena Skouras), and the Lakeside School (Makayla DeJong, Natalie Fox), along with single selections from Archbishop Murphy High School (Mahealani Wong), Lake Washington High School (Cody Bernstein) and Redmond High School (Claire Monsaas).

Leggett, one of two Bellevue Wolverines honored in 2012, is the seventh student-athlete in state history to be named to the US Lacrosse High School All-American team for the second consecutive year. He is the ninth student-athlete in Bellevue school history to receive the lacrosse award.

Student-athletes named to the US Lacrosse All-American Team are considered the best high school lacrosse players in the United States. To be honored, student-athletes must be an All-State selection, must be in good standing at his or her school and must exhibit sportsmanship on and off the field.

Washington recipients are selected by a state committee made up of varsity coaches from eastern and western Washington as assigned by US Lacrosse.

Since 1987, a total of 90 student-athletes from Washington state (58 boys and 32 girls) have been named All-American or All-American Honorable Mention by US Lacrosse.

To view an historical list of All-American selections in Washington state please visit: http://www.washingtonhslax.com/history/awards-and-records

2012 US Lacrosse Boys All-Americans
Washington State Selections

Name, Year, Position, School (Team – if different from school)
Cody Bernstein, Sr, Attack, Lake Washington High School
Connor Bernal, Sr, Midfield, Mercer Island High School
Ben Director, Sr, Midfield, Issaquah High School
Kole Lindor, Sr, LS Midfield, Issaquah High School
Sam Leggett, Sr, Defense, Bellevue High School
Austin Boyd, Sr, Goal, Bellevue High School

2012 US Lacrosse Girls All-Americans
Washington State Selections

Name, Year, Position, School (Team – if different from school)
Kelsey Mackin, Sr, Midfield, Bainbridge High School
Grace Deery-Schmitt, Sr, Midfield, Bainbridge High School
Claire Monsaas, Jr, Midfield, Redmond High School (Lake Sammamish)
Mahealani Wong, Sr, Midfield, Archbishop Murphy High School (Snohomish)
Makayla DeJong, Sr, Defense, Lakeside School

2012 US Lacrosse All-American Honorable Mention
Washington State Selections

Name, Year, Position, School (Team – if different from school)
Elena Skouras, Sr, Attack, Mercer Island High School
Natalie Fox, Jr, Midfield, Lakeside School
Madeline Stevenson, Jr, Goal, Bainbridge High School

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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