Bellevue ranked in West, Eastside Catholic’s MacIlvennie on Player of Year watch by Lacrosse Magazine

BELLEVUE, Wash. – The defending state champion Bellevue High School boys lacrosse team is ranked among the top 10 in the West while Eastside Catholic senior Colin MacIlvennie is among 10 student-athletes on the Player of the Year “Watch List” in Lacrosse Magazine’s Nike/US Lacrosse High School Preview edition.

Bellevue players celebrate following the Wolverines' second consecutive state title in 2013.  (Photo:  Michael Jardine)

Bellevue players celebrate following the Wolverines’ second consecutive Washington state boys lacrosse title in 2013. (Photo: Michael Jardine)

The two are the only Washington state representatives to crack either boys’ or girls’ lists.

Bellevue, which captured its second consecutive state championship by downing Mercer Island High School 14-11 in last spring’s Washington State Division I boys title game, is ranked 5th, beating out several prominent California and Colorado high schools.

The Wolverines are listed below top-ranked St. Ignatius Prep (San Francisco, Calif.), 2. Torrey Pines (San Diego, Calif.), 3. Arapahoe (Centennial, Colo.) and 4. La Costa Canyon (Encinitas, Calif.).

In its preview of Bellevue, Lacrosse Magazine cites coach John Baumann’s 2013 undefeated in-state record and its NCAA D1 Ohio State-bound senior attackman as drivers to three-peat at state.

“The Wolverines did not lose to an in-state team last season. Ohio State-bound Hank Bethke will have Bellevue in the hunt for another state title,” says the Lacrosse Magazine preview.

On its West Player of the Year “Watch List”, MacIlvennie, a 2012 and 2013 All-State honoree who is committed to play for NCAA Division I powerhouse Maryland, is the only Washington state representative in the mix.

At Eastside Catholic, the Bonney Lake, Wash. resident is a two-sport athlete starting at midfield in lacrosse and wide receiver in football.

In lacrosse, MacIllvennie finished first among Crusaders during the 2013 spring season with 73 points (44g, 29a) and led Division I with 64 ground balls. His performance helped Eastside Catholic finished with a 13-3-0 record advancing to the semifinals of the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Tournament before falling to eventual state champion Bellevue.

On the Watch List, MacIlvennie joins student-athletes from California and Nevada high schools.

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Eastside Catholic senior Colin MacIlvennie is listed among Lacrosse Magazine’s Player of the Year “Watch List”

Bellevue High School begins its quest for a third-consecutive Washington state boys lacrosse title on Friday, March 14 when it takes on Bainbridge High School at 8 p.m. at Bellevue High School.

MacIlvennie and the Eastside Catholic Crusaders open their Washington state boys high school lacrosse season Saturday, March 15 against neighborhood rival Eastlake High School in a 6:30 p.m. start at Charlie Acosta Field on the campus of The Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Wash.

Nike/US Lacrosse West Region Boys’ Preseason Top 10
1. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)
2. Torrey Pines (Calif.)
3. Arapahoe (Colo.)
4. La Costa Canyon (Calif.)
5. Bellevue (Wash.)
6. Cherry Creek (Colo.)
7. St. Margaret’s Episcopal (Calif.)
8. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.)
9. Corona del Mar (Calif.)
10. Bishop’s School (Calif.)

Lacrosse Magazine West Player of the Year “Watch List”
M Justin Anderson, Centennial (Nev.)
D Hugh Crance, Corona del Mar (Calif.)
A Carson Dutkanych, Park City (Utah)
M Michael Kay, Cathedral Catholic (Calif.)
A Joe Lang, St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)
M Colin MacIlvennie, Eastside Catholic (Wash.)
M Joe Reid, Casa Grande (Calif.)
G Cyrus Scott, St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.)
M Jake Seau, Bishoph’s School (Calif.)
M Josh Wellman, Oak Ridge (Calif.)

Read the full Lacrosse Magazine story at Nike/US Lacrosse 2014 HS Preview: West Region Boys

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.  For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.

www.WashingtonHSLAX.com

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