Ever dynamic, 2014 opens with over 62 different programs fielding teams! Anticipation of the first games of spring always brings excitement so let's get to highlights of the off-season shuffling and begin previewing the teams that will take the field in pursuit of a championship!
On February 22nd the Kirkland Lacrosse Center in Juanita hosted the first ever “WA Love” youth lacrosse clinic and benefit. Created as a benefit for coach Dejon Hush and his family, the turnout was just staggering. More than 25 coaches volunteered their day to put on a 6-hour clinic for kids from the third grade up to eighth grade. More than 180 pre-registered, with walk ups putting the number close to 200 who participated in the event.
The sport of lacrosse is known as the “fastest game on two feet.” There is absolutely no doubt that as time goes on, it is only becoming faster and more athletic. It is every player’s responsibility to be in shape so they can play and practice hard. So what does being “in shape” for lacrosse mean? By Rashad Devoe and Walax.com editorial staff
BELLEVUE, Wash. – Bellevue High School's boys lacrosse program has been recognized as one of the top 50 in the U.S. heading into the 2014 season by a leading national scholastic sports magazine. In its annual pre-season “Fab 50” national ranking released Monday, StudentSports.com lists the two-time defending Washington state boys champion as No. 49 in the country.
The Washington Lacrosse Foundation is pleased to announce the 2nd annual Summer Solstice Shootout. Founded last year to give “next year’s varsity” a chance to play, this year will feature 64 teams from 3rd – 11th grade. Brackets are made up as 3rd/4th, 5th/6th, 7th, JV and varsity. Graduated seniors are not allowed to participate and 8th graders (rising 9th graders) are required to play with the HS team. 3rd – 7th graders play with the grade they were in during the spring of 2014. This year’s tournament takes place at the Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, beginning at 5pm on Friday the 20th. A champion will be crowned at the conclusion of the JV and varsity finals on the afternoon of the 22nd.
AUBURN, Wash. – For high school student-athletes the opportunity to continue with their sport at the NCAA level is a rarity – reserved for the hardest working, most talented of the bunch. Even rarer ground is the opportunity to join a brother or sister at the same college. At Auburn Riverside High School that’s playing out for seniors Michael and Joey Lucchesi, who have signed National Letters of Intent to play lacrosse at NCAA Division II University of Tampa. Story by Mike McQuaid