Issaquah shut out in state lacrosse title match
June 3, 2014
Issaquah lost to Bellevue, which won its third consecutive state championship, on May 31 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium.
The boys Division I game was the first shutout since the state’s first boys state lacrosse title game was contested in 1979.
Issaquah had handed the Wolverines one of just two losses in the season April 25.
Issaquah struggled without the services of defender James Nelson, who was injured in a game against Bainbridge.
“We didn’t have the punch that we normally have on defense and weren’t able to finish early,” Eagles coach Brandon Fortier said following a prolonged post-game meeting with his team after playing in his first state championship contest since winning back-to-back titles 2008 and 2009.
“Instead of it being 2-1, it was 3-0 in the third quarter,” he said. “It got to us mentally.”
Issaquah goaltender Jordan Dondoyano had 13 saves during the game. Mikey Giannopulos had six ground balls to lead the Eagles on defense.