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Mount Si vs Mercer Island - Game Recap

The Mercer Island Islanders tower over the Mount Si Wildcats in a 19-5 landside victory at Mercer Island High School Saturday night. Story by Michael Thornbloom.

Mount Si got the first goal of this game but it quickly got away from them as Mercer Island took all the momentum they gained from their previous two games to bull doze their KingCo opponent. The Wildcats nearly made this a game by the time they reached their third goal with 4:46 left in the half bringing them a single goal away from tying this up. This dream was swiftly crushed when the Islanders went on a terrifying seven-goal run within five minutes to end the half 11-3.

The game continued down this trend with only two more goals from Mount Si as the Islanders continued to go on a tear to their eventual 19-5 final score. Mercer Island junior midfielder Ben Dunbar and junior attackman Glen Mahony walked away with a hat-trick a piece in this high scoring game. Junior attackman Hunter Johnson participated in six of these goals with two to himself and four assists, while junior midfielder Stew Vassau put up two goals of his own. A total of eleven players on this team recorded goals as it appeared that the Islanders had unlimited scoring potential on their bench.

The Wildcats may have been outclassed in this one-sided game but sophomore attackman Garrett Kuhnhausen (3 goals) and junior midfielder Chris Haycock (1 goal, 2 assists) worked beautifully together. Kuhnhausen pulled in a hat-trick with a pair of assists from Haycock as they slowly poked holes in this tough Islander defense. Haycock also found an unassisted goal for himself in the final quarter before the game finally closed.

Mercer Island is looking very hot this year with a big season opening win over PV state champs Eastside Catholic Crusaders, and tallying up 51 goals against 19 goals allowed over a period of three games. Confidence levels are noticeably high with good reason, but head coach Ian O’Hearn is focused on keeping his boys in the right mindset as they roll through the rest of this season. “We were stressing not being over confident and I think in the first quarter they came out a little too loose.” Said O’Hearn shortly after their win.

“Mount Si came out hard, they have a bunch of athletes and they gave us a great first half”, respectfully said by a head coach that is getting the most out of this growing team. Last season’s loss in the state championship has made this program hungry to put forth their best lacrosse this year. “I think if they play to their full potential, it's going to be a great year!” said O’Hearn. One thing is for sure, O’Hearn has every bit of confidence that his team is ready to prove that they are in fact, the best.

Mercer Island moves to 2-0 in their conference as they prepare to head to Woodinville (1-1) to face the Falcons on Wednesday, March 21st, before they host the 2018 Northwest Invitational the following weekend. Mount Si remains win-less as the move to 0-2 and get ready to host the Woodinville Falcons on Monday, March 19th.

Story by Michael Thornbloom.

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