Space Needle Shootout: OT goal gives Bellevue U-18 lacrosse title

TUKWILA, Wash. — Bellevue pulled-out a 6 -5 overtime victory over Coquitlam, B.C., Sunday to claim the Under-18 crown at the 2012 Space Needle Shootout at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. The title was one of two won by Bellevue teams at the annual boys lacrosse tournament that concludes fall exhibition play for local teams.

Bellevue’s U-18 boys lacrosse team following their 2012 Space Needle Shootout overtime win.

With just two minutes remaining in regulation, Coquitlam scored two quick goals to knot the championship game at 5 – 5, triggering an overtime period. In the extra session, the Bellevue squad came roaring back with their sixth goal of the night to bring home the title.

“This is a great way to finish the pre-season,” said Bellevue High School senior Cole Johnson who was named U-18 most valuable player after scoring four goals in the championship game. “Hank (Bethke, Bellevue High School junior) did a great job and took his man out all night so I could get my shots off.” Bethke finished the night with a single goal.

In other Space Needle Shoot action on Sunday, Pacific Rim (B.C.) outlasted Port Coquitlam (B.C.) 7-4 to take the Under-16 title. The Under-14 title was also claimed by Coquitlam as the Adanacs defeated Langley (B.C.) 16-1. In Under-12 play, Bellevue captured their second crown of the weekend, defeating Ridge Meadows (B.C.) 7-1.

The annual fall-ball tournament is one of the largest youth lacrosse events in the region. Over 1,300 youth, middle and high school-aged boys representing 66 teams from Washington, Oregon, Montana, British Columbia and Alberta matched sticks in 144 individual games on Saturday and Sunday.

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~ Mike McQuaid, Sports Information Director, US Lacrosse – Washington State Chapter

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