Atticus Attacks by McNutty
Our first nice weekend evening for Washington lacrosse found your Soundlacrosse crew at a couple of Puget Sound matchups. Here’s our recap:
Seattle Academy at Seattle Prep
If I’m completely honest, I think the most intriguing thing about this matchup for me was that for the first time in Washington State Lacrosse history, two teams with a player named “Atticus” faced each other. Prep’s Atticus Harmon is a junior defender while Academy’s Atticus Shantz is a middie who helped Garfield to an appearance in last year’s state championship game. I was very ready for some Atticus on Atticus action.
The game also pitted two long time Washington coaching icons against each other. Academy coach Scott Pattison, former director of Supersonics Lacrosse and current CitysideLax staffer left West Seattle to help start Seattle Academy’s inaugural lacrosse team. Prep’s Rick Schwartz is in his third season with the Panthers (with a 23-8 record since arriving) and is a coach and director with the Seattle Starz Lacrosse Club. These guys are part of the reason the lacrosse is growing in Washington.
The game started as most of Prep’s games start, with Sam Kopf winning the faceoff. The junior midfielder, already committed to play at the Naval Academy, is a high motor faceoff machine, who has picked up with lacrosse where his football season as a Prep’s star running back ended. But Seattle Academy brings too many cards to the table, and the game gets out of hand pretty early. Junior Aidan Lawry quickly gets started on his way to a six goal night.
Andrew McCall, Academy’s junior netminder was stellar all game, ending up with nine saves on the day, a solid 64% save percentage. He’s certainly the early favorite to get the All-State nod between the pipes.
Kopf tried to bring the Panthers back in the 2nd half, ending up with a hat trick and nine ground balls, but in the end, there’s just too much Academy offense. Six different Cardinals score, with Charlie Phelps, Michael Karges and Parker Woo each adding a pair to Lawry’s sock trick.
Pattison’s Cardinal is running as smoothly as any team at this point in the season. On their sidelines is a quiet confidence, an upbeat positive attitude that is great to see. Of course, it’s easy to be positive when you’ve outscored opponents 28-5. Let’s see how the smiles are on Thursday, when Academy travels to Eastside Catholic for their toughest test of the season. But I like what I see and I’m sure that Coach Pattison will have his boys ready.
Prep, meanwhile, faces an 0-2 Blanchet team on Tuesday. Coach Schwartz’s men will look to right the ship and find Kopf some help. Three of their next four games are non-league and should be a great opportunity to get better before they get back to their April run to the playoffs.
Eastlake at Mercer Island
When we last left Chase York, in June, the long pole defender from Mercer Island was scoring three long-range man-up goals in the 4th quarter of in last year’s state championship game. Fast forward 10 months, and he did it again in the first half of tonight’s game against Eastlake. It’s not like Eastlake didn’t know it was coming, York took every man-up shot in the first half. Each time the defender slid out to guard him, and each time, York just backed up farther and cranked it into the net. It was that kind of night for the Wolves of Eastlake.
Looking clearly like the best team in the state at this point, the Islanders played a beautiful first half of lacrosse. Everything went right for them; not because of luck or good bounces, but because they were a well-oiled machine with lots of experience. The MI starting lineup featured all upperclassmen, and in fact they only have two sophomores on the varsity roster. Clear, rides, passing, shooting, defense were all in mid-season form tonight, especially in the first half.
Brett Bottomley, junior attackman, led the Islanders with 8 points; four goals and four assists. In addition to York, Peter Mahony, Reid Fuhr, and Devlin Conway had hat tricks. If you’re scoring at home, that’s 16 goals from four players, one of whom is a long pole defenseman. Evan Condon and Conway dominated the faceoffs, helping create the relentless fire hose from which Eastlake was forced to drink.
To their credit the Wolves, coming off a rout of D2 Liberty on Tuesday night, didn’t give up or quit playing defense despite the onslaught. “We’ve just got to get our fundamentals down” said Coach Chris O’Dougherty, “the men know what to do, we just need to gain the experience of doing it.” Chase Barlow and Dalton Stahl led the Wolves offensively, who go from the frying pan into the fire with a game on Tuesday against two-time state champion Bellevue.
Mercer Island, meanwhile, faces Mt. Si on Tuesday before hosting next weekend’s NW Invitational where they’ll face Colorado power Columbine, followed by Oregon State Runner-up Sunset. If tonight’s contest was any indication, it could be a couple of long nights for their opponents.