The Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship began Friday with No. 2 Bainbridge taking on No. 15 Gig Harbor in the opening round. Bainbridge beat the Tides 20-2.
Bainbridge, the top goal-producing team in the state, also has the toughest defense as they are led by goaltender Kelly Coffyn (50.9 save percentage with a 9-1 record). The Spartans outscored opponents 116-21 this season heading into the semis. Mackenzie Chapman led the team with 34 goals and 12 assists for 46 points, averaging nearly four points a game. The Spartans finished the regular season with an 11-1 recored and were 6-0 in the Alki Conference.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s Representative Assembly passed nine amendments, including a significant change to the current two-year reclassification cycle.
The classification cycle amendment (Rule 4.1.0) is changing from every two years to every four years according to a press release from the WIAA on Friday. A school can appeal its classification after two years. A school can appeal due to significant decrease in enrollment, declining enrollment, an opening of a new school or unforeseen circumstances.
The current cycle is completing its first year this spring. The next reclassification cycle would be for the 2016-17 school year. That’s when the four-year cycle would begin.
The other three amendments that passed that deal strictly with high school sports were Rule 17.5.8D which now allows an athlete who is invited to participate in a national championship event the opportunity to be coached by their high school coach.
Rule 18.23.3 allows a high school student, who is not represented by a high school, to compete against a college team and maintain their amateur status. Rule 65.3.3 also gives 1B schools the choice for varsity volleyball matches to chose the number of games they play, best two-of-three, three-of-five and five-of five.
Bainbridge lacrosse player Sallie Marx was named to the U.S.
Lacrosse High School All-American team.
Marx, a senior midfielder, was one of a record 17 Washington lacrosse players honored. Fifteen is the most honored in a single year previously.
Marx, a two-time All-State selection, will be playing in college at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges in Claremont, Calif.
Here’s a story we wrote on her back in March.
Laurie Usher has been synonymous with peninsula lacrosse for several decades.
Usher was instrumental in starting the sport on Bainbridge Island in 1987 and now hopes to have more of a hands-on approach to organizing girls lacrosse once again. To that end, Usher is stepping down as the Klahowya girls coach at the end of the season.
“I’m looking forward to having more influence as a retired coach,” said Usher, who is currently working with U.S. Lacrosse to put together a training program for physical education and recreation coordinators. Usher said she’s hoping to have that available to schools in the fall.
Usher said she’d like to see more strides in the sport on the peninsula.
“When we started in 1987 we started with three girls teams and now we have two,” she said. Klahowya and Bainbridge field varsity teams while Bainbridge also fields junior varsity as does North Kitsap. Gig Harbor also has a varsity team.
Usher said the teams in the county are on a downswing, but believes that will change when players from the Kitsap Youth Lacrosse Association are able to play in high school. The KYLA fields team for third through sixth grade.
Klahowya finished the season with a 3-9 record, Usher’s first losing record as a coach, but she focused more on the intangibles to playing sports rather than a win-loss record.
“As a team we looked at that individually and really looked at our hearts and how do we define winning and losing. Really, getting back to the real meaning of sportsmanship,” she said. “In many ways it’s been a great experience for me.”
Standings are compiled by Washington State Lacrosse and are up to date through Thursday’s results.
|SW Seattle (club)||4||0-3-0||1-3-0||3.0|
|Gig Harbor (club)||8||2-0-0||4-4-0||—|
Standings, based through Thursday’s results, provided by Washington High School Lacrosse
Metro Conference – Division I
SPSL/Olympic Conference – Division II
|Port Angeles -Sequim||2||0-2-0||0-2-0||1.5|
The first state lacrosse poll was announced Wednesday by ScoreCzar and Bainbridge’s girls are ranked No. 1 in varsity.
The Spartans are in the top spot, followed by Lake Sammamish, Issaquah, Snohomish-Glacier Peak and Lakeside.
Here’s the full list from ScoreCzar, and you can also check out statewide lacrosse rankings and national polls at Washington State Prep Lacrosse.
Girls Varsity Lacrosse (ScoreCzar Top 10 / Mon. April 7, 2014)
|2.||Lake Sammamish (club)||7-0-0||.78|
|8.||Lake Tapps (club)||4-2-0||2.13|
|10.||Bellevue East (club)||3-3-1||2.59|
The Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association started its season earlier this week. Klahowya beat Bethel 20-2 at Central Kitsap Junior High Thursday.
Cassidy Andrews led with six goals while Madison Snellenberg had four goals for the Eagles (1-1). Andrews, a midfielder, scored five goals total during the 2013 season. Klahowya led 12-1 at halftime. Goalkeeper Kennedy Daniels had four saves for Klahowya.
Bainbridge is 1-1 on the season. Friday’s games include North Kitsap JV hosting Kennedy JV; North Olympic vs. Bainbridge (Saturday) at 10:30 a.m.
The Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association begins play Friday.
Bainbridge and Bellevue will play at 8 p.m. at Bellevue. The Wolverines are the two-time defending state champions, while Bainbridge was a 2013 state semifinalist.
Other local teams playing include Emerald Ridge-Puyallup at North Kitsap and Vashon at Klahowya. Both those games are Saturday.