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
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
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
“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
“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.”
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
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
Two members of the Bainbridge girls lacrosse team were named to
the pre-season all-state team this week.
Senior midfielder Sallie Marx, who has committed to play at NCAA
DIII Ponoma-Pitzer next season and junior attacker Paige Brigham
were selected to the team, announced by the Washington Schoolgirls
Here’s the full roster
2014 Washington State Girls High School Lacrosse — Pre-Season
(As selected by the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse
The Port Angeles/Sequim girls high school lacrosse program was
one of 12 in Washington state selected by U.S. Lacrosse that earned
a $600 equipment grant.
A total of $7,000 was distributed to teams throughout the state
including Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, Bellingham, Issaquah,
Vashon, Stanwood and Edmonds. The grants are intended to help
families provide protective gear for their children.
“Regardless of financial circumstances it’s important that we
open doors for young people and families to participate in youth
sports and get in the game,” said Dave Low, president of the
Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse. “We’re excited to
help local clubs and youth sports organizations jump start lacrosse
in their communities.”
Bainbridge High’s Jacob Knostman, who will be playing at
Fairfield University in the fall, was chosen to play in the 2013
Champion All-American Lacrosse Showcase national prep all-star
tournament Thursday-Friday at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Knostman was one of eight boys selected to play in the
tournament. Knostman will be joined by Camas’ Jack Beall. Redmond’s
Claire Monsaas was the only girl selected from Washington. The
Washington boys team will be coached by Eastlake lacrosse coach
The boys championship game will be shown live on ESPNU Friday at
4 p.m. pacific.