D1 Semifinal Preview – Bellevue vs. Eastside Catholic

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BV-ECIn a huge matchup, Bellevue travels to Eastside Catholic, a berth in the D1 Championship game on the line. Up until last Wednesday, EC’s 2012 regular season win over the Wolverines was simply referred to as “The Game.” That victory put the Crusaders squarely on the WA lacrosse top tier and ushered a new era of success and respect. But after last week’s 19-11 playoff pounding of Mercer Island, “The Game” is now too vague of a term. Another term that can’t be used is “untested” as the Crusaders put to rest any doubts that their regular season had left them unready for the playoffs. Colin McIlvenie and crew are ready to return to the finals and only Bellevue stands in their way. The big question mark is whether or not senior goalie Colin Schriever can return to play after being popped hard outside the cage in the Mercer Island game. Should he not be able to answer the call, the Crusaders have two solid backup choices in junior Cameron Cronk and sophomore Denver University commit, Josh Matte. The high flying EC offense will need to stay in high motor mode to get points through the Wolverine defense.

That Wolverine defense made it out of the quarterfinals healthy and ready to go. They held the potent Aubun Riverside offense to just 13 shots, and held their two All-American offensive threats to just one total point. Poles Riley Gulrajani, Chris Medzegian and brother Mike Medzegian will have their hands full trying to limit the damage that Eastside Catholic’s offense can do. Offensively, the Wolverines have struggled to get consistent scoring from their midfield, allowing teams to collapse into the crease. Against the Islanders, Bellevue unleashed a couple of freshmen O-middies, who delivered a few crucial goals. Will that be the strategy tonight? Show up and find out!

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