Another season in the books and 2013 marked the first time the WHSBLA action spread past Memorial Day as the Championships took place on June 1st. In case you missed our 250+ tweets, there was some pretty good lacrosse played league wide! In the end, Nathan Hale and Bellevue stood on top.
SEATTLE – Bellevue High School jumped out to a nine-goal lead in the fourth quarter than held off a late Mercer Island rally as the Wolverines powered to their second consecutive boys state lacrosse title with a 14-11 defeat of rival Mercer Island at the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championships, Saturday before 2,463 at Seattle’s Memorial Stadium. “This is what we have worked for all season,” said Bellevue head coach John Baumann who’s squad finished 17-0-0 in state play and 21-2-0 overall.
MERCER ISLAND – Mercer Island survived it all. A Bainbridge lead heading into the final quarter of play of Wednesday’s Division I boys state lacrosse semifinal. A tying goal by the Spartans that erased a hard-fought come-from-behind Islander lead to send the contest into overtime. And even a power outage just a minute into the sudden-death period that dimmed Islander momentum for nearly a quarter-hour as officials scrambled to turn the lights back on.
BELLEVUE – Bellevue built on a narrow half-time lead to score nine second-half goals to advance to the Division I Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship Game with a 12-6 defeat of Eastside Catholic, Wednesday at Bellevue High School. In their only meeting of the season and a rematch of last year’s state championship also won by the Wolverines, the regular-season King West Conference champions’ offense kicked into gear in the second outscoring the Crusaders 3-2 in the third and then pouring-on six fourth-quarter goals to give the Wolverines their 18th all-time berth in a boys state championship game and its third in the last five years.
The quarterfinals for Division One were played on Thursday in Western Washington. The four games were all rematches from earlier in the season and the outcomes were the same in three of them. First up, the other one: A rematch of last year’s semi-final where the Crusaders traveled south and knocked off K-W 13-8. This year the Knights had to travel north and were looking for the same kind of success they had in their OT victory earlier this year. Both teams were essentially the same as last year, with King’s Way led by senior All-State players Jack Beal, Nick Guinett and Clayton Frank. Story by McNutty. Photo by Charles Mauzy.