New lacrosse program formed on Eastside

April 30, 2013

The Liberty Lacrosse Club has garnered enough interest to expand its program to include players younger than high school on the Eastside.

The expansion includes young players from the east side of Issaquah, Renton Highlands and Newcastle. Previously, young Eastside players have played in Issaquah Youth Lacrosse.

The club is part of the Greater Eastside Lacrosse League, which organizes and governs lacrosse on the Eastside from as far north as Woodinville and Bothell all the way down to Tahoma in Maple Valley.

“Every community on the Eastside has a program these days,” Brian Rinkenberger, youth director for the Liberty Club, said.

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Lacrosse Roundup

April 16, 2013

Tahoma defeats Skyline

COVINGTON — Tahoma cruised to its third win of the season behind five two-goal performances in a 12-9 boys high school lacrosse defeat of Skyline on April 8 at Tahoma High School in Covington.

Nate Godey, Brody Sullivan, Hudson Taylor, Jake Hanson and Dakoda Barger all had two-goal performances for Tahoma as they overcame a 6-5 Skyline lead at the half with four third-quarter goals to take a 9-7 lead going into the final quarter. In the fourth, Tahoma outscored the Spartans 3-2 to cruise to the win.

Skyline’s Tyler Johnson led all scorers with four goals and two assist.

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Skyline hangs on for win over Woodinville

April 9, 2013

WOODINVILLE – Cannon Gardner tallied four goals as Skyline pulled away in the third for a 13-11 boys high school lacrosse win over Woodinville on April 4 at Woodinville High School.

The win was the fourth of the spring for the Spartans.

Woodinville took a one-goal lead in the first-quarter, and then gave up five in the second to trail Skyline 7-4 at the half. In the third, the Spartans kept scoring, netting six goals to Woodinville’s three.

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Issaquah defeats Holy Names, 20-6

March 26, 2013

Lacrosse Roundup

BELLEVUE — Haley Mincin scored five goals as Issaquah earned its first high school girls lacrosse win of the season in a 20-6 defeat of Holy Names on March 18 at Robinswood Park in Bellevue.

Issaquah was firing on all cylinders offensively, as several players scored multiple times each during the matchup. Suzy Emerson, Miranda Hansen and Katy Bucy contributed three goals each in the win.

Holy Names had a hard time getting things going against a tough Issaquah squad as it found itself down 10-4 at the half. Wendy Donier led Holy Names in scoring with four goals.

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Liberty lacrosse loses close one to Mount Si

March 22, 2013

NEW — 1:40 p.m. March 22, 2013

The Liberty High School lacrosse team dropped an early halftime lead to Mount Si on the way to its second loss of the season, a narrow 7-4 defeat at the hands of the Wildcats, on March 16.

Mount Si overcame a 3-2 Liberty lead at the half with a 2-1 third quarter and a 3-0 fourth to pull ahead for the win.

Nate Jarvis had a pair of goals, while Colin Larson and Colin Ross each scored once for Liberty. Roland Deex had a single save for the Patriots.



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Freshman duo carries on legacy of fallen teammate

September 11, 2012

Jake Fritz, Kevin Powers play in memory of Tyler Lucas

High school teammates Jake Fritz and Kevin Powers are making an impact as teammates at Dominican and are carrying on the memory of high school teammate Tyler Lucas, who died in an automobile accident. Contributed by Dominican University of California

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — When Jake Fritz and Kevin Powers, high school teammates and longtime friends, led a freshmen lacrosse class to Dominican University of California last academic year, they came with high expectations.

They aimed to play. They aimed to score. They aimed to please.

“We knew that there were no seniors graduating (from last year’s team) and we knew they had a few games where they were one or two goals short,” Powers said. “We knew with the contribution of our freshmen class we would be able to win some of those games.”

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Local lacrosse stars honored

June 26, 2012

Ben Director and Jack Pruitt have been named to the 2012 US Lacrosse High School All-Academic Team.

Director, a recent graduate of Issaquah High School, played midfield for his division 1 team. Pruitt, also a midfielder, graduated from Skyline High School this month.

Both athletes were among the 36 student-athletes from Washington that were honored for “exhibiting exemplary lacrosse skills, good sportsmanship on the field, and represent high standards of academic achievement in the classroom.”

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Issaquah lacrosse midfielders named to All-American team

June 19, 2012

The Washington State Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse announced June 6 that 14 high school student-athletes, including lacrosse players from Issaquah High School, in Washington have been named to the 2012 U.S. Lacrosse All-American team.

The selections mark the first time since the awards were first given in Washington in 1987 that so many student-athletes have been named All-American or All-American Honorable Mention in a single year. Read more

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Issaquah lacrosse team’s pursuit of perfection comes to stunning end

May 22, 2012

King’s Way cuts short Issaquah lacrosse’s state playoffs, 9-8

Julian Ritchie, Issaquah High School sophomore, sinks to his knees as King’s Way celebrates its 9-8 upset of the Eagles’ lacrosse team. By Greg Farrar

Perfection is often dreamed about, but rarely achieved.

Those dreams came to an abrupt end as Issaquah High School lacrosse lost its first round playoff game to King’s Way, 9-8, on May 19.

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Issaquah High School lacrosse closes out perfect 21-0 season

May 15, 2012

Matt O’Neill, Issaquah High School senior, fires the first goal of the lacrosse match May 11 as Eastlake junior Danny Keogh defends and Issaquah senior Cole Greer looks on. By Greg Farrar

The clock struck 7:48 in the first quarter and it was business as usual for the Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team. A spin, a juke and a furious goal from senior Matt O’Neill would be the first of many as Issaquah finished their perfect season by beating Eastlake, 13-4, May 11.

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