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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Liberty lacrosse team falters in 11-3 loss to Mount Si

May 8, 2012

Anthony Mantz, Liberty High School midfielder, runs in to try a shot on the Mount Si goal in the third quarter as Zane Berhold defends during their May 2 lacrosse match. Mantz had an assist and a goal in the game. By Greg Farrar

Freshman Blake Picchena scored four goals to lead Mount Si High School’s lacrosse team to its ninth win of the season with an 11-3 defeat of the Liberty Patriots on May 2 at Liberty High School.

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Issaquah girls net 18-3 lacrosse win over Holy Names

April 3, 2012

NEW — 4:45 p.m. April 3, 2012

Haley Mincin connected for six goals to lead Issaquah to an 18 – 3 girls high school lacrosse win over Holy Names on April 2 Bellevue’s Robinswood Park. The win was the seventh of the season for the Issaquah girls, who lead the Snoqualmie Conference.

Mincin and her sister Emily combined for 10 of Issaquah’s 18 goals and three assists in the win. For Holy Names, Megan Chamberlin, Wendy Donier and Maddie Braman all scored solo goals.

Issaquah (7-1-0) next faces Lake Sammamish (3-1-0) at 6:30 p.m. April 18 at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

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Issaquah girls lacrosse dominates Forest Ridge

March 27, 2012

Haley Mincin hit eight goals to lead Issaquah to a 22-3 girls high school lacrosse win over Forest Ridge on March 22 at Eastlake Community Field in Sammamish.

The win elevated the Issaquah program, which draws students from across the Issaquah School District, to the best girls record in the state at 5-0.

Issaquah got out of the gates early with a 12-1 first-half lead and continued to pull away from Forest Ridge in the second half with 10 more goals.

Mincin, a Skyline High School junior, also had an assist and three ground balls in the win.  Issaquah freshman Suzie Emerson had four goals, and Skyline’s Jacqueline Marber and Robin Ringman each had a pair of goals.

Delly Brennan, Nicole Durham and Lindsay Stone all scored for Forest Ridge.

Issaquah (5-0-0) next faces Bellevue (3-0-0s) at 7 p.m. March 26 at Robinswood Park in Bellevue.

Issaquah girls best Forest Ridge, advance to 5-0 in lacrosse

March 23, 2012

NEW — 11:40 a.m. March 23, 2012

Haley Mincin hit eight goals to lead Issaquah to a 22-3 girls high school lacrosse win over Forest Ridge on Thursday at Eastlake Community Field in Sammamish. The win elevated the Issaquah program, which draws students from across the Issaquah School District, to the best girls record in the state at  5-0.

Isssaquah got out the gates early with a 12 – 1 first-half lead and continued to pull away from Forest Ridge in the second with 10 more goals.

Mincin, a Skyline High School junior, also had an assist and three ground balls in the win.  Issaquah freshman Suzie Emerson had four goals and Skyline’s Jacqueline Marber and Robin Ringman each had a pair of goals.

Delly Brennan, Nicole Durham and Lindsay Stone all scored for Forest Ridge.

Issaquah (5-0-0) next faces Bellevue (3-0-0s) at 7 p.m. March 26 at Robinswood Park in Bellevue.

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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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