National HS Boys' Notebook: Mercer Island Soars
by Jeff Seidel | Special to Lacrosse Magazine Online
The Washington High School Boys' Lacrosse Association (WHSBLA) Web site reported on a very busy week in its state.
Mercer Island improved to 9-0 on the season after scoring three victories on a trip to New York. The Islanders are the only team from the state in the top 50 of the latest LaxPower rankings. They sit at No. 20 nationally.
In addition, defending champion Issaquah also took a trip, although not quite as far. The team went to Colorado, where it rolled to victories over Castle View, Littleton and Columbine.
Jake Fritz and Todd Jones each got busy during the win over Littleton, scoring five goals apiece. Fritz had scored five goals in the previous game.
The Corcoran boys improved to 2-0 on Tuesday with a 12-11 victory over West Genesee in New York action. Syracuse.com reported that James Cathers got the game-winner off an assist from Derrick Eccles.
This was just the second time in school’s 11-year lacrosse history that Corcoran beat the long-time New York powerhouse Wildcats – who won the sectional Class A state title just last year. West Genny fell to 2-2 with the loss.
Cathers’ game-winning goal capped off a big game for the senior. He posted five goals and four assists.
Eccles fared almost as well, getting five goals and two assists. John Glesner paced West Genesee with three goals in the loss
Fern Murias scored with 2:48 left in triple overtime to give Georgetown Prep a wild 6-5 victory over St. Stephen’s & St Agnes Tuesday, according to The Washington Post.
The victory improved Georgetown Prep to 9-2 overall and 1-0 in the Interstate Athletic Conference. St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes (9-1, 0-1) suffered its first loss this season.
The Saints appeared to have won late in the second overtime. That’s when Peter Milley scored from right in front. But the officials waived it, ruling Milley was in the crease before the goal.
But the Little Hoyas got the game-winning goal after a turnover. Alex Blonsky picked off a pass and found Murias on the run, and he scored to end it.
“It was like the NCAA basketball championship game, where it was tough to see Butler lose,” Georgetown Prep coach Kevin Giblin told The Post.
St. Thomas More is on top of one division of the Louisiana High School Lacrosse League (LHSLL) while Jesuit I and Catholic BR are tied for the top spot in the other.
Division I West’s top spot belongs to St. Thomas More, according to the LHSLL’s web site. The team has a 3-1 league mark (and 13-3 overall). That’s good enough for a half-game lead over Loyola (2-1 in league, 9-5 overall).
The Division I East race is even closer as Catholic and Jesuit I are deadlocked at 5-0 in league play. That’s one game ahead of Brother Martin (4-1).
Dexter High began playing varsity lacrosse this spring, and the Michigan school won its first game with an easy 15-2 decision over Romulus last week.
Andrew McDonogh led the winners with three goals while Andrew Erber, Kevin Mors and Pat Rogers all scored two, according to AnnArbor.com.
The Dreadnaughts -- great nickname -- broke the game open early. They rolled to a 5-0 lead in the first period and were up 8-1 at the break.
Dexter goalie John Brosch had to do some work, but he came through by making 12 saves.
Jeff Seidel covers high school lacrosse for Lacrosse Magazine Online. Check back each week for his regional breakdown of what's what around nation. Submit notes or story ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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