Washington crowns Mercer Island, Lake Washington state high school lacrosse champions

2015 Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships

Washington crowns Mercer Island, Lake Washington state high school lacrosse champions

 Division I Championship Game

Mercer Island unseats three-time defending state lacrosse champ Bellevue

TUKWILA, Wash. – Bryan Glant scored the go-ahead goal with 2:55 remaining in the game as Mercer Island rallied to unseat three-time defending boys Division I Washington state lacrosse champion Bellevue with an 11 – 8 defeat, Sunday, before an announced crowd of 2,235 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

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The Mercer Island student body swarms the Starfire Sports Complex stadium field, Sunday, following the Islanders 11 – 8 upset of three-time defending state boys lacrosse champion Bellevue, Sunday. (Photo: Scott Stoll / US Lacrosse)

With the Islanders squad stacked with 10 seniors and trailing 7 – 3 late in the third, Johnny Van der Velden beat Wolverines goaltender Cole Bouwman for his first of the night to bring MI within three.  The momentum-changing score launched a four-goal Islander run into the meat of the fourth quarter that eventually tied the game at 7 – 7 with 5:41 to go.

“When I caught the ball I didn’t think, I just list it fly,” said Glant, the game’s first star whose score tied it up.

“It was huge,” said Islanders goaltender Ezra Tillinger, the game’s second star who stopped nearly everything thrown his way in the second half.

With the MI run interrupted only by an Augie Fratt scored at 5:05 of the fourth that briefly gave the Wolverines the lead at 8 – 7, Mercer Island kept right on going.  “Our shooters came to play,” he said.

It’s the first Islander’s state championship game appearance since falling to Bellevue in the 2013 title game and their first championship since defeating Bainbridge in 2011.  Bellevue earned its way into a fourth-straight state title appearance with just three seniors on coach John Boumann’s squad.

With their prize in sight, Mercer Island’s shooters continued to pepper Wolverines keeper Cole Bouwman down the stretch including Glant’s goal with 2:55 to go to take over the lead for good.  The Islanders then closed-out the contest out with another pair from Evan Condon and Brett Bottomley to cement its sixth overall boys state lacrosse championship in 14 tries.

Mercer Island’s Mitch Stickney (left) drives past Bellevue’s Matthew Marino in the Division I final of the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship Tournament, Sunday, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila. The Islanders unseated the three-time defending state champions with an 11 – 8 win. (Photo: Scott Stoll / US Lacrosse)

“It’s all about momentum,” said Glant, who finished with three goals on the night to close out his career at Mercer Island.  “Our coach told us we needed to stay composed and keep our head level.”

Tillinger, who was named the No. 2 star of the game recorded five second-half saves including four in the final quarter to finish with nine on the night,

For Mercer Island, the win avenged a 13 – 9 loss to Bellevue, which killed the school’s 17-game win streak through the bulk of the season.

“I’m at loss for words,” said Glant. “It’s a great way for our juniors and seniors to put a fire in their belly for next year.”

Glant and Van der Velden each had three, while Evan Condon had a pair to lead the Islanders.

Auggie Fratt, who was named third player of the game, led all Wolverines scorers with four goals and two assists.

Mercer Island finished the season at 22-1-0, while Bellevue finished with a 18-5-0 record.

Scoring 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Bellevue 1 4 2 1    8
Mercer Island 1 2 1 7  11

Game Summary
Mercer Island 11, Bellevue 8 – Mercer Island wins boys Division I state championship (Bryan Glant, MI, 3 goals, 3 ground balls; Johnny Van der Velden, MI, 3 goals; Evan Condon MI, 2 goals, 2 assists, 5 ground balls; Jack Counihan, MI, 1 goal, 2 assists, 2 ground balls; Brett Bottomley, MI, 1 goal, 2 assists; Ezra Tillinger, MI, 9 saves; Augie Fratt, B, 4 goals, 2 assists; Joe Bethke, B, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Cameron McMahon, B, 1 goal; Just Angelel, B, 1 goal; Andrew Choe, B, 3 ground balls; Michael Medzegian, B, 2 ground balls; Jack Albrecht, B, 2 ground balls; Joe Albrecht, B, 3 ground balls; Cole Bouwman, B, 12 saves)

 

Division II Championship Game

Lake Washington downs Juanita for first boys lacrosse state title

TUKWILA, Wash. –  Lake Washington rallied with three unanswered goals in the fourth capped by Sasha Oelsner’s go-ahead score with 3:09 remaining to give the Kangs their first Washington state boys high school lacrosse state championship with an 8 – 7 win over Juanita High School, Sunday, before 1,476 spectators at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

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Lake Washington High School students swarm the field and their lacrosse team following the Kangs Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship Div. II win over Juanita to claim its first state title. (Photo: Michael Jardine)

“This was an all-round team effort all the way. We worried a lot about shooting in the first three quarters, but we put it all into place,” said the Lake Washington senior midfielder who was named first player of the game after recording a hat trick on the afternoon including the game-tying and go-ahead goal in the fourth.

In a back-and forth contest where a young Lake Washington squad with 15 underclassmen on its 28-player roster struggled to assert dominance, the first-year Juanita program, which split-off from Lake Washington after the 2014 season, scored four of five third quarter goals ignited by a game-tying Jason McLean score at 11:40 of the third to take charge.

“We just started moving the ball,” said senior attackman and second player of the game Jason McLean whose score eventually converted a 4 – 3 Kangs lead at the half into a two-goal advantage heading into the final quarter capping the run with his third of the night at the 2:46 mark to make it 7 – 5 Rebels.

“That was the bright light,” said McLean who played with Oeslner on the Lake Washington program through last season. “We thought ‘we can do this. We can finish it off.”

But in the end the Rebels, stacked with talent from last year’s Kangs squad, gave in to a newcomer as freshman attackman Quang Do intercepted a Brogan Bartch clear with just under 11 minutes to go to bring Lake Washington back within one and swing momentum back to the Kangs.

“Those are the kids that began playing in the fifth and sixth grade together,” said Lake Washington coach Dejon Hush, who captured his first state title at Lake Washington since coming over from Bainbridge High School in 2010 to start the Kangs program.

“It’s a great day for Kirkland lacrosse,” said Husch, now with five career state titles after coaching at both Mercer Island and Bainbridge high schools before being asked to join the Lake Washingotn program by Kirkland lacrosse booster Steve Lytle.   “Hats off to their (Juanita) coach Steve Lytle for creating this foundation,” Husch said.

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Juanita’s Jason McLean (center blue) drives through two Lake Washington defenders during Sunday’s Division II Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. (Photo: Michael Jardine)

It was the third win by Lake Washington over the Rebels this season.

Oelsner then finished off the Rebels with the game-tying goal at 9:24 and the go-ahead score with 3:09 to go.

Oelsner along with Eli Slingstad had three goals to lead the Kangs while goaltender Jacob Suanderson had four saves.

McLean finished with three on the night for the Rebels while Bartch had eight saves.

Lake Washington finishes its season with a 14-6-0 record. Juanita finishes with a 10-10-0 record.

Scoring 1 2 3 4 FINAL
Juanita 2 1 4 0    7
Lake Washington 3 1 1 3    8

 

Game Summary
Lake Washington 8, Juanita 7 – Lake Washington win boys Division II state championship (Sasha Oelsner, LW, 3 goals; Eli Slingstad, LW, 3 goals; Devin Brickzin, LW, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Quang Do, LW, 1 goal; CJ Schuester, LW, 2 assist; Kendell Jensen, LW, 7 ground balls; Spencer Mueller, LW, 4 ground balls; Jacob Suanderson, LW, 4 saves; Jason McLean, J, 3 goals, 2 ground balls; Cade Alonzo, J, 2 goals; Nick Rhodes, J, 1 goal; AJ Peakcocke, J, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Mason Day, J, 1 assist; Tristan Barton, J, 4 ground balls; Brogan Bartch, J, 8 saves)

Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship
For 2015 Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship results follow this link: Issaquah completes perfect season, repeats as girls state lacrosse champion

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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