Third time’s a charm

June 12, 2013

By Lillian O'Rorke

Skyline’s Katie Bucy helps Washington lacrosse win national championship

Contributed Katie Bucy, Skyline High School junior, races with the ball down the field with her Washington State team during one of the games at the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament held May 25-26 in Philadelphia.

Katie Bucy, Skyline High School junior, races with the ball down the field with her Washington State team during one of the games at the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament held May 25-26 in Philadelphia.

Some say the third time is the charm. For Katie Bucy, it was.

The Skyline High School junior had been to the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament twice before, but when she and her team outscored a New Hampshire/Vermont regional squad, 9-6, to win the title May 26, it was a first.

“It’s cool coming back from that and finally realizing what you’ve done,” Bucy said after returning from the tournament in Philadelphia.

“It’s amazing. It’s actually kind of shocking,” she added. “The East Coast is known for lacrosse, and we’re from Washington.”

After tryouts in March, Bucy was selected to join 21 other high school girls from the state to represent Washington at the National Tournament, where she led with three goals in the championship game. During the two-day competition, Washington swept through the Under 19 Mohawk Division to finish with a 4-0-1 record.

The girls got off to a good start May 25 with a 14-7 victory over Pittsburgh. They would have two more games that day, including a 10-10 tie with Virginia and a 15-4 victory against Orange County/L.A.

“It was a very long day, and going from Washington weather and going to that weather, it was rainy at first, but started to get hotter and sweatier,” Bucy said.

The girls were back out on the grass early the next morning for a 7 a.m. game against Northern California, which she added, felt like 4 a.m. for both West Coast teams. Washington prevailed, 19-3.

The victory, however, didn’t secure a spot in the championship game. Washington was tied with Virginia again, this time for points-scored against. Back at the hotel later that day, the girls found out the decision then went to points-scored for, and they had finally silenced Virginia.

“I just remember we all ran out into the hall,” Bucy said.  “We were screaming and jumping around. It was so exciting.”

Before too long, Washington was back out on the field for it’s final match.

Two of the three points scored by Bucy were penalty shots. Facing the opposing goalie, Bucy said she heard her coach telling her to run the ball in. Instead, she took one step and shot the ball in.

“I remember I looked over at my coach and she was like, ‘Woohoo!’

“I definitely wasn’t the star of that game,” she added. “We got on the field and played our game. It was so amazing. Our goalie is so good. It was crazy.”

The 17-year-old began playing lacrosse in sixth grade after watching her older brother’s games.

“I would always get really into it,” she said. “I would be on the sideline cheering him on and not able to sit still.”

Bucy started out as midfielder, but quickly switched to the attack position because, she said, she simply likes shooting.

“I’ve always been really into sports. I played soccer and basketball and volleyball, and I never got that thrill from playing one sport until lacrosse,” she added. “I always knew that it was the sport for me.”

After the first few games, her mother Marit Bucy knew as well that it was the sport for her daughter.

“All the girls are trying to figure it out, how to hold the ball and run. And then, we remember a game when she just picked up the ball and ran all the way down the field and scored,” Marit said. Amazed at how their daughter zig-zagged down the field, she and her husband glanced at the coaches. “They just looked at each other like, ‘Oh my god, she gets it.’”

Marit couldn’t make it to Philadelphia, so instead, using her daughter’s account, she logged onto Twitter for the first time to follow Washington’s progress.

“It was very exciting to watch those come in,” she said regarding tweets about the game. “This was a team effort. It was not just Katie.”

Marit explained that it was great to read her daughter’s name in the tweets, but that she also enjoyed learning about the triumphs of the other players, some of which her daughter has played with for years.

The two time All-Conference attacker also plays for the Issaquah School District Women’s Lacrosse club team, for which this season she put up 35 goals, 20 assists and caused five turnovers. Bucy was joined on the Washington U19 national champion team this year by fellow Issaquah players Ashley Blanton, from Eastside Catholic High School, and Issaquah High School’s Jordan Hepperle and Suzy Emerson.


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