Issaquah, Bainbridge advance to Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship

SEATTLE – The finals of the Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship Tournament are set with

No. 1 Issaquah, the defending state champion, taking on No. No. 2 Bainbridge, which is making a return to the state title game for the first time since 2012.


Bainbridge midfielder Mackenzie Chapman (right) fights for a loose ball during Wednesday’s Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association semifinal matchup with Eastside Catholic at Bainbridge High School. (Photo: Sue Larkin)

Led by senior Suzy Emerson’s five goals, Issaquah downed Snohomish 15 – 7 at Eastlake High School in Sammamish to advance to Friday’s matchup with No. 2 Bainbridge, which downed Eastside Catholic 12 – 10 at Bainbridge High School.

Friday’s state title contest gets underway at 7 p.m. at Charlie Acosta Field on the campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.

For the complete bracket visit: 2015 Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship Tournament





Emerson’s five goals leads Issaquah girls past Snohomish, back to state title game

ISSAQUAH – Defending state champion Issaquah is back in the Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship Game after building second-half momentum behind five Suzy Emerson goals with a 15 – 7 state semifinal victory over Snohomish, Wednesday, at Eastlake High School in Sammamish.

With a 7 – 3 half-time lead, No. 1 Issaquah opened the second half trading goals with the No. 13 Snohomish before Haley Johnson, a Liberty High junior, ignited a four-goal run over the next 10 minutes by Issaquah to put the game away. The run included two key goals by the state’s No. 1 point producer, Issaquah High sophomore Nicole Victory. The midfielder finished with four goals and five assists on the night to bring her season totals to 52 goals and 58 assists for 110 points.

“It wasn’t as easy this time. Their defense has stepped up,” said Issaquah coach Penny Moss, whose squad defeated the combined Snohomish, Glacier Peak High School team 14 – 2 on its home field back on March 27.

In the end, Issaquah’s high-performance attack, which has produced 246 goals this season while giving up just 91, poured on six through the end of the contest, while holding the state’s leading scorer, Hannah Graves and Natalie Church, both of Glacier Peak, in check, to put the game away and earn a berth in its third all-time girls state championship matchup.

Graves finished the night with just three points, all on goals, bringing her season total to 62 goals and 13 assists for 75 points, while Church, a 6-1 sophomore midfielder, had a pair of goals and finished with six draw controls for the second consecutive game.

In the first, Snohomish stuck with Issaquah until a last-second goal in the half by junior attacker Kameron Ramirez extended a narrow three-goal lead to 7 – 3 entering the intermission.

“It was uncomfortable, it was really nerve racking,” said Moss, whose squad then broke the game open with four straight midway through the second to gain important momentum.

Snohomish’s Church opened scoring at 18:57 of the second with her first of the night to make it 7 – 4 before Meg Corscaden answered at 17:19 to make it 8 – 4. Snohomish answered just over a minute-and-a-half later on an Avery Ohsman goal to make it 8 – 5 before Johnson found the net at 15:27.

Emerson, an Issaquah senior midfielder and No. 3 goal-scorer in the state finished with five points, all on goals, bringing her season-total to 60 goals and 14 assists for 74 points.

The combined high school squad representing Issaquah School District High Schools will play Bainbridge, which is making a return to the title game after a two-year absence, Friday, at the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish. Game-time is 7 p.m.

“They’re the toughest team that we could go up against hand’s down,” Moss said. “We’re good friends, but (Bainbridge coach) Tammi Tommila is very strategic, she’s one of the toughest opponents that we could go up against. I’m excited that we get to play them.”

Snohomish finished the season with a 9-6-0 record.

Scoring 1 2 FINAL
Snohomish 3 4 7
Issaquah 7 8 15


Game Summary
Issaquah 15, Snohomish 7 (Suzy Emerson, IS, 5 goals, 3 ground balls, 5 draw control, 1 caused turnover; Nicole Victory, IS, 4 goals, 5 assists, 2 ground balls, 3 draw controls, 1 caused turnover; Meg Corscadden, IS, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Haley Johnson, IS, 2 goals, 1 ground ball, 1 draw control; Eryn Rogers, IS, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Kameron Rameriz, IS, 1 goal; Jordan Hepperle, IS, 3 ground balls, 3 caused turnovers; Katie Earll, IS, 7 saves; Hannah Graves, S, 3 goals, 1 draw control, 1 caused turnover; Jackie Shaff, S, 1 goal, 5 ground balls; Natalie Church, S, 2 goals, 6 draw controls, 4 ground balls; Avery Ohsman, S, 1 goal, 1 ground ball, 1 caused turnover; Daryia Tagg, S, 5 saves)


Bainbridge girls back in state title game after semifinal lacrosse defeat of Eastside Catholic

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND – After sitting on the sidelines for the past two years, Bainbridge High School is back in the Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship game and the Spartans pulled it off on Wednesday night holding off a hard-charging Eastside Catholic squad for a 12 – 10 semifinal win, Wednesday, at Bainbridge Stadium.


Eastside Catholic’s Valerie Vachris (center) scores during the first half of the Crusaders Washington Schoolgirl’s Lacrosse Association semifinal matchup with Bainbridge, Wednesday, at Bainbridge Stadium. (Photo: Sue Larkin)

Led by senior Paige Brigham’s nine points, the No. 2 Spartans, who dominated the upper echelon of girls lacrosse in Washington state winning four titles in nine years from 2004 – 2012, steadily pulled away from the No. 3 Crusaders who were undefeated in their last 13 games.

Brigham, who will attend the U.S. Naval Academy in the fall is the first female high school student-athlete from Washington state to earn an NCAA roster spot at Navy, finished with four goals and five assists on the night. She is the state’s No. 4 point getter now with 41 goals and 41 assists for 82 points on the season.

Extending a narrow 6 – 5 lead at the half to a 12 – 9 advantage at the midway point of the second half Bainbridge gained control of the game.

But the Crusaders, stacked with defensive talent, frustrated the Bainbridge attack in the latter stages of the half allowing its offense to add another goal to come within a pair with just two minutes to go.

In the end, the Spartans held out, preserving the win, and setting the stage for Friday’s state championship matchup with defending state champion Issaquah, which defeated Snohomish 15 – 7 in its Wednesday semifinal.

The Spartans’ Mackenzie Chapman had four goals and an assist and Eastside Catholic Olivia Jacobsen also had four and an assist to round-out the top scorers in the contest. Chapman is ranked 12th in the state in draw controls with 61 and now has 42 goals and 115 assists for 57 points this spring.

Bainbridge held Eastside Catholic’s Ashley Blanton, the No. 4 scorer in the state scoreless.

The contest marked the 12th straight win for Bainbridge since falling to Issaquah 16 – 10 in a March 20 meeting at the Skyline Community Fields. The Spartans have not scored under 10 goals this season.

The Crusaders finish their season with a 12-2-1 record.

Scoring 1 2 FINAL
Eastside Catholic 5 5 10
Bainbridge 6 6 12


Game Summary
Bainbridge 12, Eastside Catholic 10 (Paige Brigham, B, 4 goals, 5 assists; Mackenzie Chapman, B, 4 goals, 1 assist; Sonia Olsen, B, 2 goals; Kyra Havill, B, 1 goal, 1 assist, Robin Hilderman, B, 1 goal, 1 assist; Kelly Coffyn, B, 6 saves; Olivia Jacobsen, EC, 4 goals, 1 assist; Carlin Reilly, EC, 1 goal; Valerie Vachris, EC, 1 goal; Tristana Leist, EC, 1 goal; Mackenzie Macllvennie, EC, 1 goal; Sophia Cerino, EC, 1 goal; Maddie Banks, EC, 1 goal, 1 assist; Court Huston, EC, 6 saves)

For the complete bracket visit: 2015 Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship Tournament


Boys Games – Regular Season

Garfield boys top Franklin in lacrosse finale

SEATTLE – Hank Halfaker, Ian Sander and Abdinasir Yussuf all scored two goals to lead Garfield to a 6 – 3 season-finale boys lacrosse win over Franklin, Wednesday at Franklin High School in Seattle.

The win was Garfield’s second of the season. The Bulldogs’ finished with a 2-9-0 record. Franklin finished 0-10-0.

Scoring 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Franklin 3
Garfield 6


Game Summary
Garfield 6, Franklin 3 (Hank Halfaker, G, 2 goals, 1 assist, 8 ground balls; Ian Sander, G, 2 goals, 9 ground balls; Abdinasir Yussuf, G, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Zack Cohen, G, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Elijah Karovsky, G, 10 saves)


Juanita tops Redmond in boys lacrosse finale

REDMOND – Juanita easily handled Redmond in its final boys lacrosse contest of the season, defeating the Mustangs 17 – 5, Wednesday, at Redmond High School.

Juanita finished the season with a 7-9-0 record, while Redmond is winless at 0-16-0.

Scoring 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Juanita 17
Redmond    5


Game Summary
Juanita 17, Redmond 5 (Kellen Baker, R, 5 goals, 1 ground ball; Regan Lee, R, 3 assists, 4 ground balls; Craig Decker, R, 17 ground balls; Hunter Grein, R, 12 saves)


Lake Washington downs Inglemoor to wrap up first place in KingCo lacrosse conference

KIRKLAND – Sasha Oelsner scored four goals as Lake Washington easily handled Inglemoor 21 – 7 in boys high school lacrosse action, Wednesday, to wrap up the two schools’ regular season of KingCo lacrosse play.

Oelsner finished with four points, all on goals to lead all scorers.

Cooper Durkin led Inglemoor with three goals.

Lake Washington finishes its regular season on top of the Division II KingCo Conference with a 10-6-0 record. Inglemoor wraps up its season with a 5-10-0 record.

Scoring 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Inglemoor 7
Lake Washington 21


Game Summary
Lake Washington 21, Inglemoor 7 (Sasha Oelsner, LW, 4 goals, 1 ground ball; Devin Brickzin, LW, 3 goals, 2 assists, 5 ground balls; Jensen Leewens, LW, 3 goals, 1 ground ball; Beau Heimdahl, LW, 2 goals, 2 assists; CJ Schuster, LW, 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Eli Singstad, LW, 2 goals, 6 ground balls; Evan Aushbacher, LW, 1 goal; Thuan Do, LW, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Braun Inslee, LW, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Kendell Jensen, LW 1 assist, 17 ground balls; Spencer Mueller, LW, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Ethan Smith, LW, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Grayson Byrd, LW, 4 saves; Jacob Saunderson, LW, 1 save; Cooper Durkin, ING, 3 goals, 2 ground balls; Darian Tang, ING, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground balls; Chase Almond, ING, 2 goals, 4 ground balls; Keenan Brownlow, ING, 13 ground balls; Carson McCormick, ING, 9 saves)


Washington State High School Lacrosse Schedule: Week of May 11 – 17

Girls Games – Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship Tournament

Friday, May 15 – State Championship Game
No. 2 Bainbridge at No. 1 Issaquah (7 p.m. / Eastside Catholic School – Sammamish)

Thursday, May 14
Mount Si at Auburn Riverside (7 p.m. / Auburn Riverside HS – Auburn)

Friday, May 15
Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship Tournament — Opening round play begins (matchups tbd)

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

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