Bellevue, Eastside Catholic, Richland, Union advance to Saturday’s state lacrosse championships

Bellevue, Eastside Catholic, Richland, Union advance to Saturday’s state lacrosse championships

TUKWILA – Bellevue, one of the most storied teams in Washington state high school lacrosse, advanced through Wednesday’s semifinal with Bainbridge to earn its 22nd all-time berth in the state lacrosse championships this Saturday at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

Championship LogoThe Wolverines, who will by vying for their 14th boys state lacrosse championship since 1979 and their fourth in the last five seasons, take on Eastside Catholic at 6 p.m. in the Division I title game.

The Division II title game, which gets underway at 3:30 p.m., features state championship newcomers Richland and Union, which also won their state semifinals on Wednesday.

The Washington Boys Lacrosse State Championships are being contested for the 39th consecutive year and conclude the high school lacrosse season for 74 prep teams in Washington state.

A preview of the eight semifinal teams in the boys state lacrosse tournament is at this link:  Washington state lacrosse semifinals set for Wednesday

Division I Semifinals

Bellevue tops Bainbridge in lacrosse semifinal, punches ticket to fourth straight boys state title game

BELLEVUE – The Washington state boys lacrosse tournament brings out the best in teams from across the state and in its Division I semifinal, Wednesday, Bellevue again demonstrated why the Wolverines are one of the most storied teams across the state.

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Bainbridge midfielder Max Oden (left) dodges past a a Bellevue player in state Division I boys semifinal action, Wednesday, at Bellevue High School. (Photo: Michael Jardine)

With seven points by Joseph Bethke, Bellevue held a powerful Bainbridge High squad, which finished the season as the No. 2 seed out of the Metro Conference, to just a single first-half goal while running to a 12 – 1 lead at the half and a 14 – 6 semifinal win over Spartans to punch its ticket to a 22nd all-time boys state championship game appearance including 20 in Division I play.

Bethke delighted the partisan home crowd at Bellevue High School to lead all scorers with four goals and three assists, while Augustus Fratt and Paul Johnson each finished with three goals and single assists as the No. 1 KingCo seed, added three more goals in the second half while Bainbridge tried to work its way back into the game with three in the third and four in the final quarter. Ultimately the Spartans ran out of time.

On defense, the Wolverines Andrew Choe finished with eight ground balls along with an assist to hold a Bainbridge at bay, while goaltenders Cabe Edelhertz (3 saves) and Cole Bouwman (2 saves) played strong in the cage.

Among the state’s 74 Division I boys high school lacrosse teams, Bellevue is the all-time state title leader with 13 in the record books. Beginning in 1979, Washington state’s first year of organized prep lacrosse play, Bellevue appeared in four straight boys state title games before achieving the school’s first lacrosse title in 1983. It was the first of four straight for the Wolverines.

Bainbridge wrapped up its season before downing Woodinville (16-7) and Skyline (14-9) in the opening and quarterfinal rounds.

In the Division I state championship game, Bellevue takes on the No. 1 Metro Conference seed Eastside Catholic, which finished the regular season with a 14-2-0 record before dispatching Eastlake (8-3), defending state champion Mercer Island (12-6) and Issaquah (10-4), in the Division I state title game, Saturday, May 28 in a 6 p.m. start at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

In the Division II state title game Union, which defeated Gonzaga Prep 20 – 8 in its Wednesday semifinal, takes on Richland, which prevailed over Seattle Academy 11 – 8, in a 3:30 p.m. start also at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

Complete state tournament brackets are at the following links:

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championship Tournament – Div. I Bracket

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championship Tournament – Div. II Bracket

Game Summary

  1 2 3 4 FINAL
Bainbridge 1 0 2 3     6
Bellevue 7 4 1 2 14

Scoring

Bellevue 14, Bainbridge 6 – Bellevue advances to Div. I state championship game (Joseph Bethke, BEL, 4 goals, 3 assists, 1 ground ball; Augustus Fratt, BEL, 3 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Paul Johnson, BEL, 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Matthew Marino, BEL, 2 goals, 1 assist, 4 ground balls; Cameron McMahon, BEL, 1 goal, 2 assists, 1 ground ball; Tom Heed, BEL, 1 goal, 1 assist; Andrew Choe, BEL, 1 assist, 8 ground balls; Cabe Edelhertz, BEL, 3 saves; Cole Bouwman, BEL, 2 saves)

 

Eastside Catholic boys down Issaquah, back to state lacrosse title game for first time since 2012

SAMMAMISH – Eastside Catholic poured on the offense from the opening faceoff to secure a spot in Washington state boys Division I lacrosse title game as the Crusaders pounded Issaquah 10 – 4 in Wednesday’s state lacrosse semifinal on the campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.

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Issaquah’s Riley Richards (lefts) fends off an Eastside Catholic long-pole in boys state semifinal action, Wednesday, at the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish. (Photo: Ken Goodman)

Eastside Catholic’s Joey Matte led all scorers with five goals and an assist for six points as the Crusaders defense took away every possession won by Issaquah faceoff specialist James Rauch in the first three minutes of play to build an early 3 – 0 lead.

The Crusaders eventually took a 4 – 0 lead into the second before closing out the half up 7 – 2.

In the second half, the Crusaders put up another goal in the third while the defense again stepped up behind 15 saves by goaltender Joey Matte, to hold the Eagles scoreless for the duration of the quarter to take 8 – 2 lead into the final quarter.

In the end, the KingCo No. 2 seeded Eagles could only match Eastside Catholic’s final two goals as the Crusaders advanced to their third all-time state title game, and first since 2012, since the Eastside school began offering lacrosse in 2008.

Issaquah finished its season with a 18-5-0 record.

In the Division I state championship game, the Crusaders take on the No. 1 KingCo Conference seed Bellevue, which finished the regular season with a 17-3-0 record before dispatching Stanwood (20-3), O’Dea (14-1) and Bainbridge (14-6), in the Division I state title game, Saturday, May 28 in a 6 p.m. start at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

In the Division II state title game Union, which defeated Gonzaga Prep 20 – 8 in its Wednesday semifinal, takes on Richland, which prevailed over Seattle Academy 11 – 8, in a 3:30 p.m. start also at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

Complete state tournament brackets are at the following links:

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championship Tournament – Div. I Bracket

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championship Tournament – Div. II Bracket

Game Summary

  1 2 3 4 FINAL
Issaquah 0 2 0 2     4
Eastside Catholic 4 3 1 2 10

Scoring

Eastside Catholic 10, Issaquah 4 – Eastside Catholic advances to Div. I state championship game (Joey Matte, EC, 5 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Eric Prologo, EC, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Chase Bultez, EC, 1 goal; Max Peters, EC, 1 goal; James Wehe, EC, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Bryce Atwater, EC, 3 assists; Peter Bogaard, EC, 1 assist; Josh Matte, EC, 15 saves; Jake Gonzalez, IS, 1 goal, 1 assist; Cody Klansnic, IS, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground ball;s Jame Ruch, IS, 1 goal, 9 ground balls; Riley Richards, IS, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Jake Lindahl, IS, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Jordan Dondoyano, IS, 10 saves)

 

Division II Semifinals

Union boys end Gonzaga Prep lacrosse season, advance to first state title game

CAMAS – Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep battled head-to-head early in its boys Division II lacrosse semifinal before Sam Rink and John Stell put Union ahead for good in the final two minutes of the first as Union went on to a dominating 20 – 8 defeat of the Bullpups, Wednesday, at Camas High School and punch its ticket to this weekend’s state championship game.

With a 5 – 3 lead after the first, the Titans, led by Parker Lindhorst’s eight points and six from Cayden Thompson, exhausted a G-Prep squad that had traveled some five-and-a-half hours for the semifinal matchup in Western Washington, with six unanswered goals in the second to take an 11 – 3 half-time lead.

In the second half, Union again outscored the ‘Pups 5 – 3 in the third before putting the game out of reach with four in the final set.

Union goaltender Dominic Mendez stood strong in the cage finishing with 11 saves.

Union’s Lindhorst led all scorers with three goals – including two scores and one of five assists in the first quarter alone, while Thompson had had four goals and two assists.

Gonzaga Prep was led by Jack Martin, Ashton Atwood and Coner McKenna all with two goals.

The Bullpups, which held on to an undefeated record for seven games of the 2016 season, finished with a 14-4-0 record.

It’s the five-year-old Titans program’s first trip to the finals after advancing to semifinals last season. They will take on Richland, which downed Seattle Academy 11 – 8 in its semifinal, in the Division II championship. The contest gets underway at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

In the Division I state title game, Eastside Catholic takes on Bellevue, also at Starfire in Tukwila. Game time is 6 p.m.

Complete state tournament brackets are at the following links:

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championship Tournament – Div. I Bracket

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championship Tournament – Div. II Bracket

Game Summary

  1 2 3 4 FINAL
Gonzaga Prep 3 0 3 2     8
Union 5 6 5 4 20

Scoring

Union 20, Gonzaga Prep 8 – Union advances to Div. II state championship game (Cayden Thompson, U, 4 goals, 2 assists, 1 ground ball; Parker Lindhorst, U, 3 goals, 5 assists, 4 ground balls; Nate Lindquist, U, 3 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Isaiah Pratt, U, 2 goals, 2 assists, 3 ground balls; John Stell, U, 2 goals, 1 assist, 13 ground balls; Sam Rink, U, 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Jared McKinney, U, 2 goals; Ben Morasch, U, 2 goals, 2 ground balls; Andrew Andrew Harrah, U, 4 assists, 2 ground balls; Dominic Mendez, U, 11 saves, 3 ground balls; Jack Martin, GP, 2 goals, 7 ground balls; Ashton Atwood, GP, 2 goal, 2 ground balls; Coner McKenna, GP, 2 goals, 4 ground balls; Cain Martin, GP, 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 ground balls; Cian Peterson, GP, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Joe Farrell, GP, 10 saves, 1 ground ball; Will Hanrahan, GP, 5 saves)

 

Richland lacrosse downs Seattle Academy, advances to first boys state lacrosse title game

SEATTLE – Tanner Rickets scored four goals and Matthew Hoffman had three as Richland advanced to its first boys state lacrosse championship game with an 11 – 8 semifinal defeat of Seattle Academy, Wednesday, at Eckstein Middle School in Seattle.

Rickets finished with six points including two assists while Hoffman’s points all came on goals as the four-year-old Bomber program earned a berth in Saturday’s Division II state title contest against Union, which easily handled Gonzaga Prep 20 – 8 to also advance.

Vincent Sliva led the Bombers on defense with 11 ground balls. He also had two goals and three assists for five points, in their first venture beyond the quarterfinal round for the No. 2 seed out of the Central-South conference.

Since its inception eight years ago as a combined program of student-athletes from all of the high school in the Tri Cities communities of Richland, Kennewick and Pasco along with Hanford, the Bombers program has now made four trips to the state tournament since it opened prep play in 2009.

The No. 2 seed Metro Conference Cardinals finished with a 12-5-0 record.

In the Division II state title game Richland takes on Union, which downed Gonzaga Prep 20 – 8 in its semifinal, in a 3:20 p.m. start, Saturday, May 28 at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

In the Division I state title game, Eastside Catholic takes on Bellevue, also at Starfire in Tukwila. Game time is 6 p.m.

Complete state tournament brackets are at the following links:

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championship Tournament – Div. I Bracket

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championship Tournament – Div. II Bracket

Game Summary

  1 2 3 4 FINAL
Richland             11
Seattle Academy            8

Scoring

Richland 11, Seattle Academy 8 – Richland advances to Div. II state championship game (Tanner Ricketts, R, 4 goals, 2 assists, 5 ground balls; Matthew Hoffman, R, 3 goals, 1 ground ball; Hayden Ruckhaber, R, 2 goals, 1 assist, 2 ground ball; Vincent Sliva, R, 2 goals, 3 assists, 11 ground balls; Kyler Welch, R, 4 saves)

 

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championship Tournament (May 13 – 28)

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championship Tournament – Div. I Bracket

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championship Tournament – Div. II Bracket

Saturday, May 28

2016 Washington State Boys High School Lacrosse Championships

Division II Championship Game: Richland at Union (3:30 p.m. / Starfire Sports Complex – Tukwila)

Division I Championship Game: Eastside Catholic at Bellevue (6 p.m. / Starfire Sports Complex – Tukwila)

 

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, 4,500 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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