Issaquah flying to New Jersey for lacrosse matchups

April 5, 2011

By Staff

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team makes its longest road trip of the season this week when the Eagles head to New Jersey for three nonleague games.

Issaquah plays at Rutgers Prep on April 6, at Lawrenceville on April 7 and at Peddie on April 9.

Before leaving on its journey, Issaquah won two Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division I games last week.

A.J. Hoffman scored his first varsity hat trick March 29 as he led Issaquah to a 13-3 rout of visiting Overlake in Gary Moore Stadium.

Issaquah scored five times in the first quarter and six more times in the second quarter to take a commanding lead. All 25 players, who suited up for the contest, played.

Kevin Powers and Jake Fritz each had two goals for Issaquah.

On April 2, Issaquah pounded host Puyallup 15-5. Matt O’Neill paced Issaquah with four goals. Fritz had three goals. Powers, Michael Hatcher and Ben Director each had two goals.

Issaquah leads Division I with a 5-0 record.

Skyline also won two games last week. The Spartans walloped visiting Lynnwood 23-2 March 29. Ryan Benz and Cannon Gardner each scored seven goals for Skyline.

The Spartans crushed host Curtis 22-2 March 31. Gardner scored seven goals and had two assists to lead Skyline. Benz and Brennan West each had four goals for Skyline, 4-0-0 in league.

In Division II play, Liberty won its first game of the season March 31 when the Patriots defeated Mount Si, 10-1. Collin Ross had three goals to lead Liberty. Anthony Mantz and Casey Smith each had two goals.

Issaquah girls earn first lacrosse victory

The Issaquah School District girls lacrosse team earned its first victory of the season March 29 by whipping Roosevelt 16-3 at Seattle’s Lower Woodland Park.

Haley Mincin had five goals to lead Issaquah. Katie Mincin contributed three goals and four assists. Emily Mincin, Kelly Christianson and Brittany Hogan each had two goals.

Sammamish lacrosse to play in national tourney

Four Sammamish lacrosse players will be among the 21 selected to represent Washington in the US Lacrosse Women’s Division National Tournament, May 28 and 29 at Stony Brook University in New York, according to a press release.

The Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association chose Emily and Haley Mincin, both of Skyline, and Malia Bachesta and Lauren Breynaert, of Eastside Catholic, to play in New York.

Both sophomores, Emily Mincin and Haley Mincin play midfield and attack, respectively. Bachesta, a junior at Eastside Catholic, was chosen at the defender position and Breynaert, a junior, plays midfield.

The national tournament began in 1933 to showcase the best club and post-collegiate women’s lacrosse players, the press release stated. It has since become one of the largest women’s lacrosse events in the country and offers a prime recruiting opportunity for high schoolers. The girls will play for Washington, one of 60 teams placed into six divisions, of which the Division I teams will vie for the Valerie Walchak Trophy.

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