Ah..now that was a night. Capping what was easily the most entertaining two days in this young lacrosse season we had thee overtime games, five one-goal games and a streak-ending upset. Rather than dive into a game of the week, we thought we’d give some highlight coverage to big moments from Monday and Tuesday.
Eastside Catholic 8, Eastlake 7
67% of all the High School Varsity lacrosse teams on the Sammamish Plateau played each other Monday night. The Wolves of Eastlake hosted the Crusaders of Eastside Catholic, and for those of you that don’t realize this, that entails a bus ride of approximately 750 yards. Of course being the Plateau, you’ll pass two Starbucks on the trip.
Both stands were loud and Eastside Catholic’s early 3-0 lead seemed to set the tone. But the Wolves fought steadily and freshman Dalton Stahl found twine with three seconds left in the half to put his team ahead 6-5. Eastlake students went crazy, cheering and chanting all through the half, which helped propel their team to a 7-5 lead in the third quarter. But that would be the end of the scoring for Eastlake as keeper Colin Schriever led his defense with five 2nd half saves, including a 5-hole stop of the would-be tying goal as time expired. Ross Komenda led the Crusader offense with 3 goals and 3 assists. Dalton Stahl and Josiah Fonte each had two goals for Eastlake.
Stadium 8, Puyallup 7
A back and forth battle throughout the game saw Stadium pull ahead for good in the 4th quarter. Robert Abbot tried to carry his Panthers to victory with 3 goals, 2 assists and 15 ground balls, but it was not enough. Noah Leonard had a hat trick for Stadium, and the goalies (Devin Ehli, Puyallup and Evan Lineweaver, Stadium) stood tall with 18 saves each. Thirty-six saves in one game!
Curtis 8, Lakeside 7 (OT)
Another game that saw multiple lead changes, including, in one three minute stretch, Lakeside going from two goals down to one goal up. The Vikings’ Carson Stewart (5g, 3gb) and Lions’ Connor Haney (4g, 2gb) have handled the bulk of their teams’ offenses to this point. Haney’s rip with 1:30 left in the game puts Lakeside ahead 7-6. The Lions control the ensuing faceoff and seem poised to score again in an unsettled transition situation, but call a timeout instead, allowing Curtis’ defense to regroup. The timeout works in that the Lions get the shot they want but Curtis keeper Zach Budnick (8 saves) pwns the shot and clears to his brother Jason Budnick, a long pole who goes coast-to-coast and nets the equalizer with six seconds remaining that sends the game into overtime. Lakeside controls most of the extra period, with several good shots, none find their way past two two Rudnicks. With 36 seconds left, Curtis’ Stewart wins the game with a diving shot in front of the crease.
Issaquah 9, Mercer 7
Definitely a game that shouldn’t have been missed, this was one for the record books. Mercer Island hadn’t lost a regular season game in this state since 2008 when Issaquah thunked them 14-5. The air was thick tonight and the lacrosse was gonna be good.
Tied 5-5 at half and 7-7 six minutes into the third period, both teams were intent on exercising their dominance. Talented he-men Connor Bernal, MI’s stud middie, and Kole Lindor, Issaquah’s blue-chip LSM, battled heroically for the whole match.
Penalties threatened to define this contest as both teams had to fight through multiple man-down situations. Crowd grew tense and coaches O’Hearn and Fortier battled in a Rumplestiltskin-impersonation contest, jumping, hopping and scr…exhorting their teams toward victory. In the end the Eagles’ Matt O’Neil scored man-up then Ben Director (3g) scooped up a loosey on transition and polished off the Islanders.
Bellevue 9, Bainbridge 3
The other big matchup amongst traditional powerhouses was over at Bellevue Stadium. Bainbridge came for a visit and unfortunately for Bellevue, brought their sophomore goalie Reynolds Yarbrough. He and the Bellevue keeper, Austin Boyd, rejected more shots than Mother Teresa at a tequila tasting. Yarbrough’s ability to stave off the low shot frustrated the Wolverines throughout the night. Well, except for Bellevue’s Cole Johnson. Johnson (5g, 1a) started with a hat trick in the game’s opening quarter, and single-handedly inched the Wolverines into a 5-3 lead at halftime. Boyd rejected several point blank shots from middies that dodged all the way to the crease, and ended up pitching a shutout in the second half as the Wolverines won 9-3. Boyd finished with 12 saves and a game ball, Yarbrough recorded 10 in a losing effort.
While anticipated and entertaining, neither of these two games is likely to have any bearing on playoff seeding , as these were both cross-conference contests. However Friday night’s game has Issaquah at Bellevue – the last two undefeated teams in D1 – which could determine the #1 & #2 seeds in the Northeast Conference. And April 14th’s contest with King’s Way at Mercer Island will likely do the same for the Southwest. Mark your calendars.
Kennedy 8, Blanchet 7
A Division 2 Metro game that could have playoff implications happened in Burien where the Blanchet Braves traveled down to visit Kennedy. The first year Lancers were nursing a 1-1 record, easing into the season, while the Braves had already played six league games. But while the squad may be new, the players come with experience and Kennedy gave Blanchet more than it could handle. Led by Sebastian Ferraro (3g, 2a, 7gb) and Charles Bergseth’s 15 saves between the pipes, the Lancers knocked off the Braves 8-7. Blanchet was led by sophomore Matteo Schiro with an identical (3g, 2a, 7gb) but his efforts couldn’t keep the Braves from falling to 3-4. They now face Roosevelt two of the next three games in a stretch that could determine their playoff fate.
Stanwood 8, North County 7 OT
The Cavaliers traveled to Stanwood to face the Spartans with both teams trying to even up their record here early in the season. It was a low-scoring battle with Stanwood on top 2-1 early. Frank Medlicott’s tenacity (2g, 18gb) on ground balls, help Stanwood extend its lead in the 2nd half, but Marcus Fakkema (3g, 4gbs) and Levi Lagerway (2g, gb) brought the Cavs storming back in the 4th. Lagerway sent it to OT with under a minute left but Stanwood’s Garrett Savoy score unassisted a mere 39 seconds into the extra frame.
Seattle Prep 11, Roosevelt 10
Seattle Prep had roared into Division 2 with six straight victories to open the season, while Roosevelt was 2-1 and lodged in the middle of the conference pack. George Anderson powered the Panthers with six goals and two ground balls and freshman sensation Sam Kopf (1g, 17gb) continued his domination of the faceoff X. For the Roughriders, keeper Kevin Ault’s 12 saves kept them in the game and Jack Christenson (3g, 2gbs) tried vainly to force overtime. But ultimately Prep held on and rose to (7-0) while Roosevelt fell to (2-2.)
Wenatchee 13, Providence 12 3OT
In probably the game of the night, Providence hosted Wenatchee in Woodinville, and no one in the crowd was bored. Providence’s Band of Brothers (2 Butards, 2 Morris’s and 3 Hummels) and teammates put up a dogfight against All-Everything Mitchell Parks (5g, 2a, 12gb) and his Wenatchee brethren. A back and forth battle, both teams mounted runs but could never nail that coffin. Tied at elevenses after three quarters, everyone took a breather in the 4th. Providence ‘s Caleb Moisant (4g, 8gb) had the only 4th quarter goal until 30 seconds remaining in the game when Parks put the team on his shoulders and tied the game at 12. Lumbering like two punch-weary heavyweights through two overtimes, neither team could find the back of the net, although Providence had no trouble finding the pipe. In the middle of the third OT Tyler Howard (3g, a, 8gb) ended it with an assist from Eric Carlson (3g, 2a, 5gb.)
And so ends the evening. Let’s fire it up, and do it again tonight. If they do, you’ll read about on SoundLacrosse!