Tyler Lucas, who died in a tragic auto accident early Tuesday morning, will be fondly remembered at Issaquah High School for many things — among them his abilities on the lacrosse field and his unorthodox fashion style.
Tyler, an 18-year-old senior, would have become a four-year letterman in lacrosse this spring along with teammates Jake Fritz and Kevin Powers. All three committed last fall to play at Dominican University, a NCAA Division II school in California.
“He was definitely a talented player,” Issaquah coach Brandon Fortier, noting he was a second-team, all-state choice last season and played on the 25-man Team Washington squad last summer.
Tyler, a defenseman, was part of the Issaquah teams that won Division I state titles in 2008 and ’09 before losing in the semifinals to Mercer Island last season. Fortier described him as an easy going person who was especially valuable to the program as the “stick doctor,” one of the few who could string the pockets on everyone’s sticks.
Tyler also was well known for his lax attire, according to Fortier.
“He was a real colorful kid,” the coach said. “He was the kid who liked to show up wearing a pink shirt and orange socks and green shorts, every color you could possibly find. He was that relaxed, bring-a-smile, bright kind of kid, and just pretty easy going.”
Fortier said the Eagles will find a way to honor Tyler during the upcoming season, likely with a special patch.