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Playoffs Preview - 2017 Quarterfinals

The first round of the playoffs are through and we are a week closer to crowning our state champions for the 2017 season. The competition in the 4A division was hot last week with two overtime games as teams scrape for the next bracket placement.

In case you missed the first round:

1A/2A
West Valley 0 @ Liberty 1 – FORFEIT

Selah 0 @ Bellingham 13 – FINAL

Sehome 9 @ Overlake 8 – FINAL OT

Columbia River 15 @ North Kitsap 11 – FINAL

3A
Meadowdale 13 @ Bonney Lake 18 – FINAL

Southridge 7 @ Juanita 16 – FINAL

West Seattle 5 @ Peninsula 18 – FINAL

Bethel 3 @ Ballard 17 – FINAL

4A
Woodinville 13 @ Jackson 2 – FINAL

Issaquah 15 @ Tahoma 14 – FINAL OT

Ferris 1 @ Eastlake 19 – FINAL

Richland 7 @ Skyline 18 – FINAL

Bothell 5 @ Sumner 12 – FINAL

Curtis 20 @ Central Valley 10 – FINAL

Emerald Ridge 4 @ Union 16 – FINAL

Monroe 6 @ Wenatchee 7 – FINAL OT

PV
Seattle Prep 19 @ Gonzaga Prep 1 – FINAL

Kennedy Catholic 4 @ Bellarmine Prep 21 – FINAL

Lets dive into this weeks games:

Friday

3A

7:00pm – Bonney Lake (12-2) @ Bainbridge (11-9)

Bonney Lake will be relying heavily on a defense that has allowed only 84 goals in 14 games this year. Bainbridge is about even between goals for and against but they have been busy playing 20 games this year making them the busiest in the league. Overall they barely stepped over a 500 record but this Bainbridge team is never one to underestimate as they can win the ones that matter, i.e. Mercer Island, Seattle Prep (twice with one in OT). If Bonney Lake can keep them from scoring too many in the first half they should be able to pull it out fine.

7:00pm – Ballard (16-1) @ Bellevue (13-3)

This game was nearly a Ballard at Mercer Island game before the Islanders dethroned the state champs from their number one spot in the conference a few weeks ago. Ballard has had an amazing season nearly becoming the only team with a flawless overall record while averaging 15 goals a game. They had their shot at a KingCo DI team but was handily defeated by Mercer Island 18-5. Hoping that reality check for them will play a huge part in their toughest game of the year as they face one of the best teams in the state to keep their state championship dream alive.

7:00pm – Peninsula (12-3) @ Mercer Island (12-7)

This match-up is interesting in that these two teams already faced each other at the beginning of the season with Mercer Island easily winning 15-3. Peninsula hasn’t had much competition in their Olympic conference as they had multiple games where they won by over 10 goals. All of their losses came to non-league games against teams like Tahoma and Mercer Island so they will need to score quickly and early to keep pace with an Islander team that has grown a lot this year.

7:00pm – Juanita (9-7) @ Stanwood (13-2)

This could be the closest game of the week with Juanita having their best games during their non-league match-ups and Stanwood demolishing their conference. Stanwood played two KingCo teams and lost both but by small margins. Juanita struggled within their own conference with only 60 conference goals in seven games while scoring 135 goals in their nine non-league games. Stanwood allows an average of 6 goals per game so pair that defense with Juanita’s numbers and we could have a tough one.

4A

7:00pm – Curtis (11-4) @ Skyline (12-2)

Curtis is coming off a huge win against a Central Valley team that had allowed only 75 goals in their 14 games this season. They will need this momentum going into Skyline to face a tough KingCo Spartan team who beat a seemingly unbeatable Eastside Catholic squad earlier this season. The Spartans have played some fundamentally sound lacrosse all year losing only two games overall as they have been looking hungry for a championship.

8:15pm – Woodinville (5-7) @ Sumner (10-5)

This will be a great game between a Woodinville team who has scored over 10 goals only four times this season and a Sumner team who has yet to beat a KingCo conference team. Sumner lost to both Eastlake and Issaquah accounting for two of the three times they scored under 10 goals this season. Woodinville hasn’t been able to win a game when their opponent as 10 or more goals so they will need to trust in their season KingCo abilities to seal this one up.

Saturday

1A/2A

12:00pm – Sehome (7-6) @ Vashon (9-3)

Vashon had a good year winning every game they scored 10 or more goals in. Sehome will come in hot off an energizing playoff overtime win as they should look to keep Vashon under 10 goals to increase their chance at another playoff win.

1:00pm – Bellingham (13-4) @ White River (10-7)

Bellingham is the only team in the 1A/2A division to have over 200 goals for the season. They lost every game that they scored under 10 goals on so White River will need to keep their defense tough and stop them early to grab this win.

2:00pm – Liberty (11-3) @ Archbishop Murphy (10-1)

Both of these teams should have undefeated conference records but they lost their last games of regular season. These two never get to face each other but they have been the dominant ones in their respective conferences. Both are statistically similar but Archbishop Murphy will be seeking redemption from their 16-3 defeat in the first round last season to Liberty.

6:30pm – Columbia River (1-8) @ Seattle Academy (11-5)

Pretty impressive to see Columbia River here for a team that had its first and only win this season come in a non-league game at the end of March. They had only scored over 10 goals twice (including their win) this season before the playoffs. Since that point they have put up 36 goals (half of their regular season goals) and allowed only 12. Seattle Academy has been playing DII Metro teams all year but they have been really good at finding ways to win bringing them up to an intimidating 11-2 record.

4A

12:00pm – Eastlake (8-7) @ Union (10-3)

The former DII champs are dealing with a new bracket system this season where they will find the competition to be much tougher. Union will need to bring their best game against an Eastlake team that has to battle through teams like Bellevue and Mercer Island to find their playoff spot. Statistically these teams are very similar but Eastlake will need to keep the score low as their defense has let through almost as many goals as they’ve scored this season.

1:00pm – Issaquah (11-7) @ Wenatchee (7-1)

These two teams are both coming off playoff overtime victories so look for them to be amped up for the second round. Issaquah has seen much better seasons in the past but they have been rebuilding this year but something to note is they have won 9-of-10 of their non-league games. Wenatchee saw less luck on their non-league games as they will need to bring everything they have to knock this KingCo team off.

PV

1:00pm – Seattle Prep (9-5) @ Eastside Catholic (13-2)

Seattle Prep’s record isn’t very fair for how well they have been playing and growing having lost three of their first five games. After those losses they went on a seven game win streak (including non-league) and beat their division rivals O’Dea in overtime. This will be the third time they face Eastside Catholic this year with their last meeting being a huge improvement from their first coming from a 20-5 loss to an 8-5 loss. Lets see how much more this Panther team has grown as this game could mean the championship for them.

2:00pm – Bellarmine Prep (6-9) @ O’Dea (7-8)

Bellarmine Prep is at a slight disadvantage having to go into a Metro heavy playoff bracket when they only get to play Puget Sound teams all year. They will have to face a Fighting Irish team that is heavily seasoned in facing some of the toughest teams in the state. O’Dea may be ranked two in their conference but they have a losing overall record and more points against than points for to end regular season. They still remain to be one of the only threats to the championship this year as Bellarmine Prep has a chance to exploit their weaknesses early.

Story by Michael Thornbloom

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