Bellevue High School inks another regional lacrosse ranking, but this time with a rival

BELLEVUE, Wash. – Bellevue High School, which has appeared in several national and regional prep lacrosse rankings this spring, has caught the attention of another prominent national online lacrosse magazine.  But this time the Wolverines aren’t the only boys high school lacrosse team from Washington state on the list.

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Mercer Island defender Chase York (left), an NCAA D1 commit to Loyola of Maryland, steals the ball from Bellevue attackman Riley Gulrajani during the 2013 Washington state boys title game in Seattle. (Photo: Michael Jardine)

In its first regional ranking of the 2014 season, Inside Lacrosse ranks both the two-time defending state champion and rival Mercer Island High School among the top 10 boys high school programs in the West among its Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse Regional Rankings for Week 1 of the high school lacrosse season.

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, ranks No. 5 behind St. Ignatius Prep (San Francisco, Calif.), which is already 1-0 in its season and quickly emerging as a consensus top program on the West Coast, 2. Cheery Creek High School (Greenwood Village, Colo.), 3. Arapahoe High School (Centennial, Colo.) and 4. Torrey Pines High School (San Diego, Calif.).

The early-season ranking lists Mercer Island as No. 10 behind No 6. Regis Jesuit (Aurora, Colo.), 7 Kent Denver High School (Englewood, Colo.), 8. Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, Calif.) and 9. Bishop’s School (La Jolla, Calif.)

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.

Mercer Island opens its 2014 season against Lakeside, Friday, March 14 in an 8 p.m. home start at Islander Stadium on Mercer Island.

Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse West Regional Rankings:  Week 1

  1. St. Ignatius Prep (Calif.), 1-0
  2. Cherry Creek (Colo.)
  3. Arapahoe (Colo.)
  4. Torrey Pines (Calif.)
    5. Bellevue (Wash.)
  5. Regis Jesuit (Colo.)
  6. Kent Denver (Colo.)
  7. Cathedral Catholic (Calif.)
  8. Bishop’s School (Calif.)
    10. Mercer Island (Wash.)

Read the full Inside Lacrosse story at Under Armour/Inside Lacrosse West Regional Rankings:  Week 1

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.

 

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