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.

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Athletes named to All-League Lacrosse team

May 27, 2014

Local lacrosse coaches recently selected their 2014 all-conference teams for both boys and girls.


Snoqualmie Conference: Suzy Emerson, Issaquah, junior; Katie Bucy, Skyline, senior; Jordan Hepperle, Issaquah, junior


KingCo Conference First Team: Zach Fritz, Issaquah, senior; Mikey Giannopulos, Issaquah, junior; Matt Thomas, Issaquah, senior; Spencer Noonan, Skyline, senior

Second Team: Charlie Kurtenbach, Skyline, junior; James Nelson, Issaquah, senior; Jordan Dondoyano, Issaquah, sophomore

Honorable Mention: Nate Holbrook, Issaquah, freshman; Andy Hutchings, Skyline, junior


Issaquah girls win state lacrosse title in a thriller

May 20, 2014

Katie Bucy got a second chance and made the most of it, scoring the game winner May 16 with under a minute remaining to give Issaquah an 11-10 victory over Lake Sammamish and its first Washington high school girls state lacrosse championship.

Bucy, a Skyline High School senior who will play next year at Missouri’s Lindenwood University, delivered the winner on a free-position shot after a goal just seconds earlier was disallowed on a shooting-space violation.

“That’s the biggest goal ever,” Bucy said while celebrating with teammates from Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty high schools. “It was hit or miss, and this one was a hit.”

The shot beat Lake Sammamish goaltender and Eastlake freshman Kristene Nickel low and to the left, opposite of where she wanted to go with the shot.

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Issaquah athletes make regional lacrosse team

April 22, 2014

Two Issaquah girls were named to the 2014 Washington State Under-19 Girls Regional Lacrosse team.

Suzanne Emerson and Jordan Hepperle will join 23 other girls across the state as the team competes at the U.S. Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament May 24-25.

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Lacrosse coach makes Hall of Fame

October 15, 2013

Issaquah High School boys lacrosse coach and program founder Brandon Fortier was among six lacrosse leaders inducted into the Washington State Lacrosse Hall of Fame Oct. 12.

Fortier pioneered lacrosse in the Issaquah and Sammamish areas, parlaying his passion for the game into a career as a respected educator, coach and league leader.

Brandon Fortier

Brandon Fortier

He founded the Issaquah High School boys program in 2001, and it has quickly become one of top programs in the state. Since its inception, the Eagles have had five state championships appearances, and three state titles.

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October 15, 2013

Ceilidh Meagher, USC senior midfielder, drives toward the basket as UO sophomore midfielder Katie Marlatt defends.

Issaquah’s Mikey Giannopulos named to high-profile lacrosse prospects list

October 1, 2013

Following his inclusion in the Sept. 23 regional high school lacrosse watch list, Issaquah junior Mikey Giannopulos was added to the online scholastic sports magazine’s Top 200 national list of NCAA prospects and players to watch in the class of 2015.

He’s the first student-athlete from Washington state to be named to the list.

Giannopulos, who platoons for the Eagles as a midfielder and a faceoff specialist, finished the 2013 season with 196 ground balls, making him the top sophomore in the state and ranking third among Division I boys players.

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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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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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