Washington state girls lacrosse tournament down to four teams in Wednesday’s semifinals

SEATTLE – The semifinals of the Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship Tournament are set with No. 1 Issaquah, the defending state champion, taking on No. 13 Snohomish and No. 2 Bainbridge taking on No. 3 Eastside Catholic on Wednesday night.

The Issaquah, Snohomish matchup gets underway at 7:15 p.m. at Eastlake High School in Sammamish, while the opening draw of the Bainbridge, Eastside Catholic contest is set for 7 p.m. at Bainbridge Stadium on Bainbridge Island.

The high school lacrosse squads are vying for the right to play in the Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship game, this Friday, May 15 in a 7 p.m. start at the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.

26-game win-streak, return to state lacrosse title game on line as Issaquah girls face Snohomish, Monday

No. 13 Snohomish at No. 1 Issaquah (7:15 p.m. / Eastlake High School – Sammamish)

ISSAQUAH – With Monday’s quarterfinal win, defending Washington state girls lacrosse champion Issaquah moved one-step closer to contending of its second-consecutive state title, as the state’s No. 1 ranked girls squad, takes on No. 13 Snohomish, tonight, in its state semifinal at Eastlake High School in Sammamish.


Issaquah High sophomore Nicole Victory (right) is Washington state’s leading point-getter heading into Wednesday’s state lacrosse semifinal matchup with Snohomish. (Photo: Victory family)

The game gets underway at 7:15 p.m. with the winner advancing to the Friday’s state championship game against the winner of No. 4 Eastside Catholic and No. 3 Bainbridge.

Issaquah, which has won all of its 14 games this season and has a 26 consecutive-game win streak dating back to a 13 – 7 loss to Bainbridge last March 26, advanced to tonight’s state semifinal after downing Lake Sammamish 12 – 7 on Monday in a rematch of last spring’s state title game. Issaquah will put its perfect record on the line as Snohomish looks to unseat the squad of student-athletes from all Issaquah School District high schools. Snohomish earned a berth in the state title game with a 19 – 12 defeat of Bellarmine Prep in the combined Snohomish, Glacier Peak High School squad’s Monday quarterfinal.

The combined squad of student-athletes from Issaquah School District high schools, is led by the No. 3 goal-scorer in the state Suzy Emerson, and state’s No. 1 point producer Nicole Victory.

In Monday’s defeat of Lake Sammamish, Emerson, an Issaquah senior midfielder, produced three goals and two assists for five points bringing her season-total to 55 goals and 14 assists for 69 points. She’s averaging 5.31 goals per game. Victory, an Issaquah High sophomore midfielder, matched a season-high five goals and added an assist on Monday bringing her totals to 48 goals and 53 assists for a state-leading 101 points this season. Victory is averaging 7.21 goals per game this season.

Snohomish is led by Glacier Peak junior Hannah Graves, The junior attacker became the state scoring leader after leading all scorers with six goals with a 19 – 12 quarterfinal win, Monday, over Bellarmine Prep. Previously the No. 2 scorer, Graves now has 59 goals and 13 assists for 72 points averaging just 5.14 goals per game. “We were pretty comfortable the entire game,” Ryan said.

To upset a dominant Issaquah squad, Snohomish head coach Christine Ryan will need her 6-foot, 1-inch sophomore midfielder Natalie Church to continue to win draws.

“She really stepped up the on the draw controls,” Ryan said after Church dominated the quarterfinal winning all six of her draw controls and producing six goals and an assists in the contest.  “Not only was she winning it to herself but she was winning it to our players.  It was huge for your attack,” Ryan said.

In their only meeting this season, Issaquah downed Snohomish 14 – 2 on March 27 at the Skyline Community Fields in Sammamish.


After two-year absence, Bainbridge girls have eye on lacrosse title game in Wednesday’s state semifinal with Eastside Catholic

No. 3 Eastside Catholic at No. 2 Bainbridge (7 p.m. / Bainbridge Stadium – Bainbridge Island)

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — State powerhouse Bainbridge will look to move on to the Washington Lacrosse girls state championship game for the first time since 2012 as the No. 2 Spartans are set to take on No. 3 Eastside Catholic in tonight’s state semifinal matchup at Bainbridge High School.

Bainbridge senior midfielder Paige Brigham (right) is headed to the U.S. Naval Academy in the fall. Brigham is the first female high school student-athlete from Washington state to play a sport at Navy. (Photo: Courtesy Photo)

The game gets underway at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to Friday’s state championship game between the winner of Wednesday’s other state semifinal between No. 1 Issaquah and No. 13 Snohomish.

Bainbridge, which has won 11 straight since falling to Issaquah 16 – 10 in a March 20 meeting at the Skyline Community Fields, is led by Mackenzie Chapman along with the first student-athlete from any high school in Washington state to earn an NCAA Div. I roster spot at the U.S. Naval Academy, senior attacker Paige Brigham.

Chapman is ranked 12th in the state in draw controls with 61 and has 38 goals and 14 assists for 52 points this spring.

In Monday’s quarterfinal win over Lakeside, the state’s No. 4 scorer, delivered four goals and connected for an assist for five points, bringing her season-total to 42 goals and 15 assists for 57 points. She’s averaging 4.07 goals per game in 14 games this spring.

Brigham, the state’s No. 4 point getter, also delivered on Monday, topping all scorers with a dominating six goals and four assists for 10 points giving her 37 goals and 36 assists for 73 points on the season. She’s averaging 5.62 goals in her 13 games played.

The Spartans have not scored under 10 goals this season and have won nine contests by 18 or more goals – six by 20. And their defense is as tough, only giving up 12 or more goals twice in 14 games this season.

Eastside Catholic is led by the No. 4 scorer in the state, Ashley Blanton. With three goals in the Crusaders 13 – 5 quarterfinal defeat of Roosevelt, the senior defender now has 53 goals and nine assists for 62 point this spring.

The Crusaders are undefeated in the past 13 games this season, losing only their March 9 season-opener 9 – 3 to Issaquah. Eastside Catholic’s win-streak is now at seven games after its 11 -11 tie with Lakeside on April 22.

Eastside Catholic has not faced Bainbridge since the school played to an 11 – 11 tie with Spartans on April 9 of last year.

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


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

Girls Games – Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship Tournament

Wednesday, May 13 – Semifinal Round
No. 4 Eastside Catholic at No. 3 Bainbridge (7 p.m. / Bainbridge High School – Bainbridge Island)
No. 13 Snohomish at No. 1 Issaquah (7:15 p.m. / Eastlake High School – Sammamish)

Friday, May 15 – State Championship Game
Winner of Monday’s Eastside Catholic, Bainbridge and Snohomish, Issaquah semifinals (7 p.m. / Eastside Catholic School – Sammamish)

Boys Games – Regular Season

Wednesday, May 13
Franklin at Garfield (5 p.m. / Franklin HS – Seattle)
Juanita at Redmond (7 p.m. / Redmond HS – Redmond)
Inglemoor at Lake Washington (8 p.m. / Lake Washington HS – Kirkland)

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 http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.



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