US Lacrosse Washington High School Players of the Week (Week 2): Eastside Catholic, Issaquah, University Prep, Roosevelt, Redmond, Snohomish student-athletes named

Editor’s Note:  a previous version of this story identified Eastside Catholic’s Colin MacIlvenie as a senior.  MacIlvennie is a junior.

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SEATTLE – Six prep lacrosse players from three Eastside high schools, two Seattle high schools and one Snohomish County high school have been named US Lacrosse Washington High School Players of the Week for Week 2 (March 11 -17) of the 2013 high school lacrosse season.

Boys Division I and II Player of the Week honorees on offense include Eastside Catholic junior Colin MacIlvennie, and University Prep sophomore Riley Johnson, and on defense Issaquah junior Adrian Pydych and Roosevelt junior Kevin Ault.

Girls Varsity Player of the Week honorees include Redmond High School senior Claire Monsaas on offense and Snohomish High School sophomore Daryia Tagg on defense.

US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week recipients in boys and girls varsity lacrosse are nominated by their coaches for exceptional performance and sportsmanship on the field of play.  Winners are selected by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association and recognized each week by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse and acknowledged on the Washington State High School Lacrosse Game of the Week on The Lacrosse Network at www.YouTube.com/TLN.

 

BOYS VARSITY — DIV. I

Offensive Player of the Week

Colin MacIlvennie

Sammamish, Wash. – Junior, Midfield, Eastside Catholic School

Eastside Catholic's Colin MacIlvennie

Eastside Catholic School’s Colin MacIlvennie (right)

Eastside Catholic junior midfielder Colin MacIlvennie finished the week recording nine goals, four assists and 11 ground balls and was the high scorer in both Crusaders wins over Curtis (1-2-0) and Woodinville (1-2-0).  In the Crusaders 14-3 win over Curtis, MacIlvennie posted four goals, three assists and four ground balls.  In the 14-2 Woodinville win, he tallied five goals, one assist and seven ground balls.

In the classroom, MacIlvennie is a 3.60 GPA student focused on chemistry, anatomy, physiology, US history and Mandarin Chinese.

His community involvement includes helping kindergarten students at the Wing Luke Elementary School in South Seattle as a part of the Eastside Catholic School’s annual Peace and Justice Day.  He is also actively involved with the school’s Mandarin Club where students are exposed to Chinese language, culture and the arts.  McIlvennie also volunteers his time at Seattle’s Recovery Café.

On the lacrosse field, he was named the Crusaders’ team captain for the 2013 season and received the school’s Offensive and Team MVP awards in 2012 following the Crusaders’ runner-up performance in the Division I state championship game.

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Adrian Pydych

Issaquah, Wash. — Junior, Defense, Issaquah High School

Issaquah's Adrian Pydych (right)

Issaquah High School’s Adrian Pydych (right)

Issaquah High School junior Adrian Pydych compiled five ground balls and four takeaway checks in Issaquah’s win over Bellarmine Prep (0-3-0).

Maintaining a 3.69 GPA at Issaquah, Pydych’s course-work includes advanced placement classes in sports medicine, pre-calculus, English and Spanish.

In the community he works toward fulfilling a 90-hour service requirement in sports medicine and coaches first through fourth graders in lacrosse twice a week

 

BOYS VARSITY — DIV. II

Offensive Player of the Week

Riley Johnson

Seattle, Wash.  – Sophomore, Midfield, University Prep (Plays for Nathan Hale High School)

University Prep's Riley Johnson

University Prep’s Riley Johnson playing for Nathan Hale

University Prep sophomore Riley Johnson, a midfielder for Nathan Hale High School, helped lead the Raiders lacrosse squad in two in-conference road wins over Vashon (0-2-0) and Kennedy Catholic (1-1-0) with five goals, four assists and eight ground balls.  In the Raiders’ season opener at Vashon High School, Johnson had three goals and five ground balls to lead the team in goals scored.  Later in the wee,k Johnson posted two goals, four assists and three ground balls in a win at Kennedy.  In both games, his strong transition play helped lead the Raiders to a solid start in the 2013 season.

Maintaining a 3.6 GPA with course-work in chemistry, geometry, dance and Spanish, Johnson plans to pursue undergraduate studies in bioengineering and perhaps play lacrosse.

A two-sport athlete at University Prep, Johnson played center on the Pumas JV basketball squad as a freshman and in lacrosse, earned Division II All-Conference honors last season, helping his team advance to the Division II state semifinals.  This summer, Johnson has accepted an invitation to attend the Nike Blue Chip Lacrosse Camp in Baltimore where high school student-athletes demonstrate their skills for NCAA Division I lacrosse coaches.

In the community he spends time working at Seattle’s University Food Bank and coaches youth lacrosse.

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Kevin Ault

Seattle, Wash. — Senior, Goal, Roosevelt High School

Roosevelt High School's Kevin Ault

Roosevelt High School’s Kevin Ault

Roosevelt senior goaltender Kevin Ault recorded 19 saves, including two critical stops in the final two minutes of regulation to force overtime, in Roosevelt’s 11-10 win over rival Ballard (0-3-0).

A seven-semester Honor Roll student at Roosevelt with a cumulative 3.92 GPA, Ault has a course-load of advanced-placement Latin, calculus, physics, comparative government and speech classes.  Following graduation he place to study computer science and is considering a number of top-tier schools including the University of Washington, Wesleyan, Northeastern, Carnegie Mellon, Brown and Carlton.

Aside from the classroom he is president of the Roosevelt Computer Science Club, participates in the Chess Club and the Junior Classical League, an academic club focused on the classical arts.

In the community, he volunteers for “Books to Prisoners” an organization that fulfills requests for books from long-term inmates incarcerated in prisons around the country.  The program, he says, has significantly changed his preconceptions about people and their circumstances.

Last summer Ault completed a summer internship with the University of Washington Center for Game Science, which is focused on designing gaming with an educational purpose.  Through his summer project, he worked with the online “Tree Frog Treasure” game that helps elementary students learn fractions and numberline concepts.

Passionate about computer science, giving back and philosophy, Ault would most like to meet and spend time with Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and if he could go back in time would like to meet Buddha.

 

GIRLS VARSITY

Offensive Player of the Week

Claire Monsaas

Redmond, Wash. – Senior, Midfield, Redmond High School (Plays for Lake Sammamish Lacrosse Club)

Redmond High School's Claire Monsaas (center)

Redmond High School’s Claire Monsaas (center)

Redmond High School senior, Claire Monsaas finished the week with seven goals and two ground balls to lead the Lake Sammamish Lacrosse Club in two season-opening wins over Seattle Prep (0-2-0) and Eastside Catholic (0-1-0).  Against Seattle Prep, Monsaas had one goal, a ground ball and four caused turnovers while against Eastside Catholic she had six goals, one assist, two ground balls and six draw controls.  Against Eastside Catholic, Monsaas not only scored the game’s go-ahead goal but played a vital role in focusing her team, with a game-day roster of just 12 players, throughout the contest.

A three-sport athlete and National Honor Society student maintaining a 3.97 GPA, Monsaas juggles a class-load that includes AP courses literature, government chemistry, math analysis, international relations and Spanish.

Along with lacrosse, where Monsaas is a three-time All-Conference selection and 2012 High School All-American, she also plays soccer and basketball at Redmond.  A defender on the Redmond girls soccer team, she helped guide the Mustangs to the 2012 KingCo Conference championship and into this year’s state tournament.

In the community, Monsaas is involved in Key Club, Model United Nations Club and spends one Saturday every month with Bellevue youth affected by Autism.

Monsaas plans to study international business in college and apply her five years of Spanish language education to a career in sustainability measures with Latin American businesses.

 

Defensive Player of the Week

Daryia Tagg

Snohomish, Wash. – Sophomore, Goal, Snohomish High School

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Snohomish High School’s Daryia Tagg (Photo: Scott Ohsman)

In her first two appearances as a varsity goaltender, Snohomish High School sophomore Daryia Tagg posted a save percentage at or above .500 in Snohomish’s 20-10 win over Roosevelt (0-3-0) and 9-5 win against Overlake (1-3-0) for a 2-0 record to start the season. Against Roosevelt she saved 10 of 20 shots, while against Overlake she had 14 saves on 19 shots for a 73 percent save percentage.  Her performance included shutting-out the Owls in the second half.   Tagg’s performance has elevated her to third-best in the league in save percentage and first in the North Sound Conference in save percentage.

A 3.70 student with coursework in biology, geometry and English and even advanced course-work at Everett Community College, Tagg plans to study Marine Biology after graduation.

Active on campus, Tagg is learning American Sign Language, plays the tuba in the Snohomish Panther Marching Band, is a member of the Varsity Chess Team and the Snohomish Badminton Society.

In the community, she is active in the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, a service organization that teaches leadership, confidence and citizenship to young women.  As a member of the Washington and Idaho Chapter, Tagg was among 17 young women in 2012 that raised over $50,000 for NW Harvest.  She also is active in ROSS (Reaching Out To Snohomish Seniors), a group of 20 Snohomish students that volunteer serving meals and putting on events at the Snohomish Senior Center

Tagg has played lacrosse since the sixth grade and when she’s not studying, volunteering or defending the Snohomish goal, she can be found palling-around with her family bulldog, Della.

About the US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week

US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week recipients in boys and girls varsity lacrosse are nominated by their coaches for exceptional performance and sportsmanship on the field of play.  Winners are selected by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association and recognized each week by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse and acknowledged on the Washington State High School Lacrosse Game of the Week on The Lacrosse Network at www.YouTube.com/TLN.

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. In its fourth decade of play, 4,000 student athletes attending over 200 schools across the state play high school lacrosse. 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 at www.Facebook.com/uslacrossewashington  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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