Larger lacrosse league teams prepare to face tougher competition

March 20, 2012

Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States, and a big part of that growth is happening right here in our own back yard.
“I coached the first 7-8 (year old) Issaquah youth lacrosse team, probably seven or eight years ago,” Skyline head coach Adam Kurtenbach said. “From that point on, just in Issaquah, Sammamish, that program has bred another four or five youth programs. Now there’s 50 teams that have grown just from that in the last seven or eight years. It’s been exponential growth just year after year.”

With all that growth, both the division I and II leagues have gotten increasingly tougher, and Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty all hope to make significant strides this season.

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Plateau lacrosse rivals Skyline, Eastlake duke it out in snow

March 20, 2012

US Lacrosse Sophomore Michael Cowin, Skyline High School’s attack-man (left), and Eastlake High School’s defender Ty Reifeis, a sophomore, do their best to ignore the snow and play on during the March 13 lacrosse game between the two school’s prep teams. By Charles Mauzy

Braving the snow and wind the Skyline and Eastlake high school lacrosse prep teams faced off March 13 for a friendly plateau rivalry match that ended with Eastlake on top, 8-7.

“On the plateau, lacrosse is very competitive,” Eastlake head coach Chris Panos said. “In the past, Eastlake has got no respect. But part of my job is instilling confidence in those kids that they could play at that level.”

Just like the weather, which refused to relent, the two teams went net-for-net through most of the game. Skyline took the first quarter by outscoring Eastlake, 3-2, but the lead didn’t last long. By halftime the game was tied 5-5. After the third quarter saw Eastlake advance by one goal the two teams matched each other’s two goals each bringing the final score to 8-7.

“We took some penalties that they capitalized on,” Skyline head coach Adam Kurtenbach said.

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