For a couple of years now, I’ve been trying to moneyball Washington High School lacrosse. You know, find some obscure statistic that determines success and point out how that’s what coaches should be focusing on. Or just use it as a conversation point among lacrosse parents shooting the breeze before or after a game. It’s a fool’s errand, I know, but it keeps me off the streets and gives my wife more time away from me. Story by McNutty.
Only three things decided this week: Tahoma dropped to Mercer while Curtis beat Kamiak to claim the final South Sound playoff berth. Eastlake dropped its final two games while Issaquah won out to regain first place in the KingCo-East. Bothell-Inglemoor won the games it needed to while Lake Washington dropped to King’s Way to end the season securing a playoff berth for the boys from Northshore.
MERCER ISLAND – Amanda Roper’s five-goal performance and stellar goaltending by Amerra Sheckles led Lakeside to its ninth Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship as the Lions defeated Lake Sammamish 13-7, Friday before nearly 1,000 at Mercer Island High School. The five goals were a season-high for Roper, who was named co-MVP of the matchup alongside Sheckles. Kaylee Best, Natalie Fox and Rebecca Long also came up big for the Lions in the victory, as they finished the game with two scores apiece.
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Playoff Scenarios by Conference. METRO CONFERENCE: 1. Eastside Catholic – games with Skyline and Lakeside left, need only win one of them to secure conference title and #1 Metro seed. SOUTH SOUND: 1. Auburn Riverside – AR holds win over King’s Way but games left with Sammamish-Newport and Bainbridge which they must at least split to hold the #1. KINGCO WEST: 1. Bellevue – Wolverines will be #1 barring a huge collapse as they would have to lose final two games with Curtis and Skyline. KINGCO EAST: 1. Eastlake – Wolves hanging on to #1 but games with Bainbridge and Mercer left, must win at least one to guarantee they keep the #1 position.
This was a big weekend in Division one as Bellevue hosted Mercer Island and Bainbridge visited Issaquah. The “Big Four” hold every State Championship title for the past 19 years. These programs have produced 31 All-Americans over the years, and currently have 56 alumni playing college lacrosse. Parity is coming to Washington, but the odds are still that this year’s champs will come from this quartet. By McNutty. Photos by Molly Piper.
LANGLEY, British Columbia – The Washington Stealth’s bid for a second Champions Cup in four years ran out of steam in the final minutes of Saturday’s NLL Championship Game as the Rochester Knighthawks, led by All-Pro goaltender Matt Vinc, hung on for an 11-10 win to secure their second consecutive title before a sold-out Langley Events Centre in Langley, British Columbia.