Bellevue downs Eastside Catholic for fourth Division I lacrosse title in five years, Union wins Div. II crown

Bellevue downs Eastside Catholic for fourth Division I lacrosse title in five years, Union wins Div. II crown

Division I State Finals

Bellevue rallies past Eastside Catholic for fourth state lacrosse title in five years

TUKWILA – Maneuvering between groups of players hoisting the state trophy while others posed for team photos, Augie Fratt new in his heart the expectations that were on him and Bellevue High School entering Saturday afternoon’s Division I boys lacrosse championship game. He just didn’t know he’d have to wait until deep in the second half to realize them.


Bellevue senior Michael Medzegian hoists the Washington state boys Division I lacrosse championship trophy following the Wolverines 7 – 6 defeat of Eastside Catholic, Saturday, at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. (Photo: Scott Stoll)

For the Wolverines, it took nearly three quarters of patience and an untimely penalty by Crusaders goaltender Josh Matte, arguably one of the team’s their best players, to rally for its fourth boys state lacrosse title in five years with a 7 – 6 win before an estimated 3,900 at the Starfire Sport Complex in Tukwila.

“We kind of expected to win after being on the other side last year,” said Fratt who has tasted both victory and defeat at the state championship level in his three years playing midfield for the Wolverines with titles now as a freshman and junior to his credit.

After taking an early lead in the first on back-to-back goals by Matthew Marino and Fratt, Bellevue struggled to penetrate a strong zone defense set up by the Crusaders.

With its defense holding court, Eastside Catholic went on to score four of the next five goals to take a 5 – 3 lead on a Jack Sercu score with 4:40 to go in the half and seemingly control the game.

“We had to weight a long time for our opportunities,” said Fratt, who is more accustomed to dodging and shooting then moving the ball around the perimeter.

But the Wolverines began to wrestle the game’s tempo back their way with Fratt connecting for his third of the night just 37 seconds later. The goal brought the Wolverines within one at the half, and would be the first of a run that saw Bellevue close out the game scoring four of the game’s final five scores.

“They got their momentum at the end of the first half, said Crusaders senior All-Conference attackman Bryce Atwater, who finished with two goals and an assist for three points.


Bellevue’s Joe Bethke fires a shot between two Eastside Catholic defenders in boys Division I state championship lacrosse action, Saturday, at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. (Photo: Scott Stoll)

While Joe Bethke’s game-tying goal at 8:09 of the third only stymied the Crusaders, it was a non-releasable penalty on Eastside Catholic goaltender Josh Matte for leveling a Wolverine player in front of the cage that gave Bellevue the final edge.

The result was Matte, who had 13 saves in the contest, sitting out the next two minutes and a man-advantage goal by Fratt, his fourth of the night, with 6:19 to go that put the Wolverines in the lead for good.

“That gave us the emotional swing we needed,” said Bellevue coach John Baumann . “They (Eastside Catholic) belong here. If you play that game 10 times it would be a 5 – 5 draw. That just happened to be the difference.”

The win gave the Wolverines their 14th boys state lacrosse championship, 12 in Division I play, in 22 state title game appearances since 1979.

Game Summary

  1 2 3 4 FINAL
Eastside Catholic 2 2 1 1 6
Bellevue 2 3 1 1 7


Bellevue 7, Eastside Catholic 6 (Augustus Fratt, B, 4 goals, 2 ground balls; Joe Bethke, B, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Matthew Marino, B, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Paul Johnson, B, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground ball; Andrew Choe, B, 5 ground balls; Cabe Edelhertz, B, 7 saves; Bryce Atwater, EC, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Chase Bultez, EC, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Eric Prologo, EC, 1 goal, 1 assist; Jack Sercu, EC, 1 goal, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Josh Matte, EC, 13 saves)

Editor’s Note:  This version corrects an earlier version that incorrectly identified the Bellevue goalkeeper.

Division II State Finals

Union rallies to down Richland for 2016 boys Division II Washington state lacrosse title

TUKWILA – As the boys lacrosse season in Washington state drew to a close Andrew Harrah was sure his Union High School squad would be in the mix for its first state Division II title but it was the role that the Mountain View senior would play that was a surprise.


Union players give head coach Tim Goodspeed a celebratory bath following the Titans 8 – 7 defeat of Richland for their first state lacrosse title, Saturday, at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. (Photo: Scott Stoll)

So as the clock ticked down in the fourth, it was Harrah who found himself in the driver’s seat converting for the tying goal with just over three minutes to go, then again as he fired the game-winner past Richland’s Kyler Welch with just 42 seconds to go. It was the finishing touch on a Titans rally from behind for an 8 – 7 Division II state lacrosse championship, Saturday, at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila.

“It was a big fourth quarter for us,” said Harrah who finished with a game-high five goals, including four in the second half, as the Titans rallied form a 6 – 2 deficit with 2:36 to go in the third to score six of the last seven and set the stage for the first state lacrosse title for a Vancouver-area school.

“Richland shut us down and picked apart our defense in the first half,” Harrah said after the Bombers scored four of the first five goals of the contest to lead 4 – 1 at the half. “Once we started getting looks inside it was awesome.”


Union defender Conner Tomseth (left) check’s Richland midfieler Blaize Vargo during boys Division II state championship action, Saturday, at Starfire Sports in Tukwila. (Photo: Scott Stoll)

For Richland junior midfielder Jacob Ritchie it wasn’t necessarily a big change that he saw from Union or his own squad, just a shift in the flow of the game.

“They went on a run and we didn’t answer,” Ritchie said. “It was a good fight.”

Throughout the contest Titans goaltender Dominic Mendez, who finished with 12 saves – eight in the first, turned back a potent Richland attack led by All-Conference selection Vincent Sliva who had eight shots but only managed a single goal.

Sliva shined with 12 ground balls, but went head-to-head with Mendez throughout the half, with Mendez holding the Mountain View junior to just a single goal and two assists, all in the first.

“Dominic has always been big for us. He stood on his head today,” said Titans second year coach Tim Goodspeed.

Game Summary

  1 2 3 4 FINAL
Richland 2 2 2 1 7
Union 1 0 3 4 8


Union 8, Richland 7 (Andrew Harrah, U, 5 goals, 2 ground balls; Cayden Thompson, U, 1 goal, 1 assist; Jonathan Stell, U, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Ben Morasch, U, 1 goal; Jesse Moses, U, 9 ground balls; Dominic Mendez, U, 12 saves; Hayden Ruckhaber, R, 3 goals; Matt Hoffman, R, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Tanner Rickets, R, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Vincent Sliva, R, 1 goal, 2 assists, 12 ground balls; Christian Matheson, R, 1 assist, 6 ground balls; Kyler Welch, R, 7 saves)

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

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