Roper, Sheckles lead Lakeside to girls state championship


Lakeside coach Jamie Asaka hoists the Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship trophy following her Lions’ 13-7 defeat of Lake Sammamish on Friday at Mercer Island High School. Photo: Michael Jardine

MERCER ISLAND – Amanda Roper’s five-goal performance and stellar goaltending by Amerra Sheckles led Lakeside to its ninth Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship as the Lions defeated Lake Sammamish 13-7, Friday  before nearly 1,000 at Mercer Island High School.

The five goals were a season-high for Roper, who was named co-MVP of the matchup alongside Sheckles. Kaylee Best, Natalie Fox and Rebecca Long also came up big for the Lions in the victory, as they finished the game with two scores apiece.

“(The win) felt great.  I’m so proud of this team,” said Lakeside head coach Jamie Asaka who made several matchup adjustments at the half that helped turn the game’s momentum.

“We said before the game that if we’re even or close to even on draw controls we’ll be successful,” said Asaka, whose Lions controlled 15 draws to just eight by Lake Sammamish.  “We switched up the matchups.  Once we were able to do that, we were able to get into more of a rhythm,” she said.

Midfielder Alexandra Johnson led the way offensively for Lake Sammamish with four goals, all of which came in the first half. Attacker Emily Sokol also added two goals and goalkeeper Miranda Taylor recorded two saves in the loss.

Johnson ended the Lions’ 3-0 run Sokol added a goal with 2:32 remaining in the half to give Lake Sammamish a 6-5 lead entering halftime. But Roper netted four of her five scores in the second half to help the Lions secure the win.

Sheckles, who has been a top defensive commodity for the Lions all year long, was unbeatable in the late minutes of Friday’s matchup as she allowed just one goal in the second half.

“I was just trying to save as many as I could for my team,” said Sheckles, who recorded seven saves to help secure the win for the Lions.  “The saves were just a matter of my team having my back.”

Along with Roper’s six points, Kaylee Best, Natalie Fox and Rebecca Long each had two goals to lead the Lions who finished the season 15-1-0.

For Lake Sammamish, which finished 14-3-0, Alexandra Johnson led the way with four goals and one caused turnover, while Sokol had two goals and Claire Monsaas had a single goal.  Goaltender Miranda Taylor had just two saves.

Scoring 1 2    F
Lakeside 5 8 13
Lake Sammamish 6 1   7

Game Summary

Lakeside 13, Lake Sammamish 7 (Amanda Roper, L, 5 goals, 1 assist; Rebecca Long, L, 2 goals, 1 assist; Natalie Fox, L, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Kaylee Best, L, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 caused turnovers; Lindsey Call, L, 1 goal; Samantha McGanney, L, 1 goal; Amerra Sheckles, L, 7 saves; Alexandra Johnson, LS, 4 goals, 1 caused turnover; Emily Sokol, LS, 2 goals; Claire Monsaas, LS, 1 goal; Miranda Taylor, LS, 2 saves)

Other Games

Boys Varsity – Division I

Bainbridge 14, Auburn Riverside 7 (Jacob Knostman, B, 4 goals, 1 assist; Sean Maier, B, 3 goals, 2 assists, 6 ground balls; Greg Shea, B, 2 goals, 1 assist, 9 ground balls; Kaegan Ingrasci, B, 4 goals, 1 assist; Max LaRoche, B, 1 goal; Bryce Withers, B, 6 ground balls; Reynolds Yarbrough, B, 11 saves; Gordan Nelson, AR, 3 goals; Josh Davenport, AR, 2 goals, 2 ground balls; Rian Kierce, AR, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Michael Lucchesi, AR, 3 assists, 2 ground balls; Dane Barber, AR, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Ben Kelley, AR, 18 saves)

Mercer Island 13, Eastlake 4 (Steen Swedstedt, MI, 3 goals, 3 assists, 1 ground ball; Hayden Reisman, MI, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Peter Mahony, MI, 2 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Charlie Vetter, MI, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Grant Preisler, MI, 1 goal, 3 assists, 2 ground balls; Justin Rorem, MI, 1 goal, 1 assist; Cooper Johnson, MI, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Evan Condon, MI, 1 goal; Benji Rothenberg, MI, 2 saves; Scotty Lee, MI, 1 save;  Austin Caldwell, E, 2 goals; Josiah Fonte, E, 2 goals; Danny Keogh, E, 3 assists; Abe Escarda, E, 6 saves)

Bellevue 19, Skyline 3 (no scoring detail)

Boys Varsity – Division II

Garfield 11, Blanchet 5 (Cedric Rhodes, G, 4 goals, 2 assist, 3 ground balls; Jackson Lanning, G, 3 goals, 2 ground balls; Parker Woo, G, 2 goals, 10 ground balls; Sam Brickman, G, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Elliot Frank, G, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Danny Strick, G, 9 saves)

Nathan Hale 15, Stanwood 4 (William Snider, NH, 7 goals, 3 assists, 7 ground balls; Riley Johnson, NH, 3 goals, 1 assist, 6 ground balls; Ben Joers, NH, 2 goals; Andrew McCall, NH, 10 saves; Hack Delich, S, 2 goals; Frank Medlicott, S, 1 goal, 1 assist, 9 ground balls; C.J. Hillbrand, S, 1 assist, 6 ground balls; Jeremy Smith, S, 13 saves)

Overlake 18, Peninsula-Gig Harbor 8 (Barrett Jenness, OV, 5 goals, 2 assists; Kinori Rosnow, OV, 1 goal, 11 ground balls; Parker Hayne, OV, 7 saves; Cody Olson, P-GH, 3 goals; Cory Marchand, P-GH, 1 goal, 7 ground balls; Ashton Sidebottom, P-GH, 15 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. 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 or follow us at  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

— By Ian Waldron, Girls Sports Information Director, US Lacrosse – Washington State Chapter

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