Here’s the press release:
SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Sarah Pollnow scored seven goals to lead Lakeside to its fifth consecutive Girls Division I high school lacrosse state championship with a 15-10 defeat of Bainbridge High School, Saturday before a record 1,152 spectators at Charlie Acosta Field on the campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.
The Lions used a smothering defense to shut down two of the league’s top scorers, and finish the season with a perfect 16-0 record. With the win, Lakeside passed the Spartans for the top spot in all-time state championship wins with eight.
“For our seniors, this win means a lot – the stakes are so much different than the first one,” said Pollnow, one of seven graduating seniors that have never lost a state championship at Lakeside. “We wanted to go out on a high note.”
Led by senior defender, Madeline Hurlbut, the Lakeside defense collectively held Spartans junior midfielder Jaclyn Biggers and senior attack Sydney Whitaker to just three goals apiece. Both Biggers and Whitaker averaged over six goals per game during the regular season, while Whitaker, the league’s number two scorer, averaged seven-and-a-half goals per game in the post season.
“We prepared very well for Lakeside and especially for Pollnow – but a lot of nerves showed up today,” said Bainbridge coach Tami Tommila whose squad had Seven sophomores and just three seniors compared with the well-seasoned Lakeside’s roster. “(Lakeside) is a very good team. They have great tradition with their program.”
In the first, Lakeside attack Emmy Armintrout wove through a highly fortified Bainbridge zone to open scoring at 21:20 for the first of her three goals of the afternoon. Midfielder Sylvia Warren followed 13 seconds later with a straight-away shot to give the Lions an early 2-0 lead. After Whitaker and Delaney Larkin battled back with goals for the Spartans, knotting the game at 2, Lakeside’s Pollnow scored on a free position shot that changed the complexion of the game. The goal was the first of a four-goal run for the Lions that eventually proved to be the significant difference in the game.
In the second, Bainbridge immediately cut the deficit to three goals on a Helen Sheffer score just 37 seconds into the final stanza. Despite Lakeside answers to each Spartan goal, Bainbridge only managed to come within three on two other occasions before the Lions pulled away for good, scoring five of the next seven goals of the contest.
For the Lions, Sylvia Warren had two goals and four draw controls, Emma Dorland, Kate McCaw and Jade Blake-Whitney each had a goal and Madeline Hurlbut had 4 saves in goal. Lakeside’s road to the championship included a 20-5 defeat of Tacoma in the quarterfinals and a 19-9 win over Lake Sammamish in the semifinal game.
The Spartans’ Bea Sheffer helped the Bainbridge offense with three goals of her own, while Delaney Larkin had one and goaltender Madeline Stevenson had two saves in the cage. The Spartans road the finals included a 20-3 quarterfinal win over Bellevue and a 17-4 defeat of Snohomish in the semifinals. Bainbridge finished the season at 14-2-0 losing only to Lakeside in the first and the last game of the season.
Lakeside 7 8 15
Bainbridge 3 7 10
SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Lakeside 15, Bainbridge 10 (Lakeside wins 5th consecutive girls lacrosse state championship) (Sarah Pollnow, L, 7 goals; Emmy Armintrout, L, 3 goals; Sylvia Warren, L, 2 goals, 4 draw controls; Emma Dorland, L, 1 goal, Kate McCaw, L, 1 goal, Jade Blake-Whitney, L, 1 goal; Madeline Hurlbut, L, 4 saves; Sydney Whitaker, B, 3 goals, 6 draw controls; Jaclyn Biggers, B, 3 goals, 1 assist, 5 draw controls; Bea Sheffer, B, 3 goals, 1 assist; Delaney Larkin, B, 1 goal; Madeline Stevenson, B, 2 saves)
Girls Division II – Washington State Lacrosse Championships
SAMMAMISH, Wash. – Junior Alex Foreman scored nine goals to lead Eastside Catholic to its first Washington State Girls Lacrosse Championship with a 17-5 defeat of Kennedy Catholic High School, Saturday at Charlie Acosta Field on the campus of the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish.
The Crusaders used a relentless defense led by Male Bachesta and Shannon Graves to put its offense in position to command the state title game.
“Our defense made the game for us,” said the Crusaders’ Foreman, who was selected US Lacrosse player of the game after scoring seven of her nine in the first half. “We were struggling on defense all year. We really stepped it up today. The win was a team effort.”
Both teams battled fiercely for the first half of the opening period trading goals to a 3-3 tie with 10:15 remaining. Following a check in the head penalty at 9:16 to Kennedy’s Katie Jovanovich, the Foreman used a man advantage situation to score the first two of five unanswered goals and six of the last seven of the half to take a 9-4 lead into the intermission.
“The speed of the game changed significant (at the point),” said Kennedy senior captain Natalie Merrill who was also named player of the game.
In the second, despite strong play by Kennedy goaltender Sofie Morales, Eastside Catholic converted for the first seven goals of the half to open up a 15-4 lead and trigger a running clock for the remainder of the game.
Kennedy’s offense sputtered for most of the encounter including a failure to convert on a brilliant athletic pass reception by Merrill with six minutes to go. The chance came as Merrill broke free of the Kennedy defenders on the near side and reached behind her back on the fly, grabbing a 30-year heave by the Lancer defense. But her shot on Crusader goalkeeper Allie Hawes was turned away.
“I was really excited on the play. I was focused on getting that goal,” said Merrill Merrill who rebounded a minute-and-a half later to beat EC goalkeeper Allie Hawes to complete the hat trick and convert the Lancers’ fifth and final goal.
Breynaert finished the game for Eastside Catholic with four goals and three ground balls and Allie Hawes had seven saves. Lizzy Delaney, Shey Thommasen also scored for the Kennedy, while Morales had eight saves in goal.
Eastside Catholic reached the finals by defeating Lakeside 20-7 in the state quarterfinals and downed rival Issaquah 13-8 in the semifinals. Eastside Catholic finished their championship season with 12-2-0 record.
Kennedy’s road to the championship matchup began by edging defending state champion Mercer Island 11-10 in the quarterfinals and grabbing a 14-11 win in its semifinal matchup with Overlake. The Lancers finished the season at 12-2-0.
Eastside Catholic 9 8 — 17
Kennedy 4 1 — 5
SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Eastside Catholic 17, Kennedy 5 (Eastside Catholic wins first girls lacrosse state championship) (Alex Foreman, EC, 9 goals, 1 assist, 4 ground balls; Lauren Breynaert, EC, 4 goals, 3 ground balls, 5 draw controls; Amanda Tsitsis, EC, 2 goals, 1 assist, 1 ground ball; Danielle Leider, EC, 1 goal, 1 ground balls; Allison Talbot, EC, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Brittany Cardoza, EC, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Allie Hawes, EC, 7 saves; Natalie Merrill, K, 3 goals, 2 ground balls, 6 draw controls; Lizzy Delaney, K, 1 goal; Shey Thommasen, K, 1 goal; Sofie Morales, K, 8 saves)