National High School Boys' Notebook: Lax Denied in Washington; Ward Melville Suspensions
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Economic concerns appear to be the main reason that the state of Washington wouldn’t sanction boys and girls lacrosse.
The Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association voted down girls lacrosse at its recent Representative Assembly. At this meeting, the WIAA Web site said that “members are empowered to pass legislation and to direct the WIAA Executive Board to carry out its policies.”
Girls' lacrosse came up for a vote, but the motion didn’t come close to passing. Boys' lacrosse didn’t even come to the floor for a vote to be taken.
“I’m not surprised that it didn’t pass,” said Robert Polk, Everett School District’s athletic director and a member of the Assembly. “One of the big challenges is the timing, economically, where we are struggling to keep our current athletic programs in place, and so to add another sport… would have been very difficult to find money to pay [various costs]."
According to HeraldNet.com, this was the third year there was some kind of attempt to get lacrosse sanctioned. It’s failed, in some form, each time.
“It would have stretched some school districts beyond their means,” Polk said.
Gail Loveland, president of the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse, expressed disappointment with the decisions.
“With students from over 100 WIAA member schools now playing lacrosse, the sanctioning of lacrosse in Washington state is inevitable and a natural progression for the sport," Loveland told HeraldNet.com. “We are disappointed in the WIAA for not recognizing the demand for lacrosse among students and the chance to provide girls and boys with participation opportunities.”
Ward Melville (N.Y.) suspended 15 players earlier this week, but that didn’t seem to affect it in Tuesday’s game with Smithtown West.
The Patriots still did fine in the game, rolling to a 13-8 victory over visiting Smithtown West. Sophomore Brian Droesch got 12 saves in his first varsity game. There were other changes, like a midfielder starting for the first time and another midfielder who had yet to play on the first line.
The New York State Sportswriters Association’s most recent poll had Ward Melville at No. 5 with Smithtown West at No. 20. That site and Newsday also said that nine of the players were suspended for one game. The terms of suspension for the other six have yet to be determined.
The Sportswriters Association Web site and an NBC affiliate both reported that the suspensions stemmed from a drinking incident away from school after a recent game. Ward Melville coach Mike Hoppey told Newsday that the suspensions were due to a “violation of team rules.”
Three Village School District interim superintendent Donald F. Webster said in a statement that “the opportunity to represent the Three Village School District on an athletic team is a privilege afforded to students. All student-athletes sign an Athletic Code of Conduct agreement and are advised that they have an obligation to themselves, teammates and the school community to abide by this agreement. Several student-athletes have been temporarily suspended for violating this pledge.”
Champlain Valley edged Spaulding, 12-8, last week to remain undefeated in Iowa lacrosse action.
The Burlington Free Press reported that Lawrence Dee, Taylor Gingras and Nick Hart all got a goal and two assists. Nathaniel Wells helped with two goals, and Nick Spencer and Derek Goodwin both got one. Goalies Will Dubuque and Eric Palmer each played, and the pair ended up with 14 saves.
The victory improved the Redhawks' record to 4-0.
Tory Chouinard led Spaulding with a game-high five goals, but it wasn't enough for a victory.
The Virginia AAA Patriot District match-up Tuesday between West Springfield and Lee Tuesday night looked good on paper. Lee was 8-1 coming into the game while West Springfield had a 9-1 record.
But Eric Schauder helped West Springfield turn the game into a laugher. Schauder finished with two goals and nine assists as the Spartans rolled to an easy 18-2 victory. He also got 11 ground balls when he wasn’t scoring goals or handing out assists. Schauder carried the West Springfield offense for much of the game.
The Spartans were coming back from their first loss of the season and jumped to an early 7-0 lead. Schauder won four of five faceoffs and got a goal and three assists – and the rout was on.
Centennial (Ga.) got off to a slow start, but the Knights have been on a roll in recent weeks.
After dropping seven of their first eight games, the Knights bounced back to take four in a row and six of their next eight. Offense has been the key, as Centennial scored 63 goals in the six victories, including a 13-4 rout of Kennesaw Mountain earlier this week. Jake Manger leads the Knights with 54 points (20 goals, 34 assists). Edward Thorne has added 46 (31 goals, 15 assists) while Reed Wilkinson’s added 29 (28 goals, one assist).
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