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2019 State Quarterfinals Preview

Round 1 is over and we have some familiar match-ups along with some new ones. Eastside Catholic is knocked out in the earliest round in years while the Liberty Patriots look to face some playoff demons and get beyond last year’s opponent that knocked them out in the semifinals. The Eastlake Wolves road to Starfire is looking relatively easy, while Skyline will likely have to face either Tahoma or Woodinville as long as they get past a tough Skyview team that dominated southern Washington. Plenty to see here as we get our popcorn ready and move through this season’s quarterfinals, let’s take a look! Story by Michael Thornbloom.

Friday May 17

3A

6:00pm - Bellevue (7-2) @ Stanwood (4-2)

The Wolverines are coming off a 19-0 stomping against Squalicum and will take this momentum against the 3A Wesco leader the Stanwood Spartans. In the last three year the Spartans have faced Bellevue twice and the Wolverines have outscored them 34-5 in those two meetings. Scary numbers for Spartan fans who likely still have fresh memories of these games but this is their chance to break to the trend.

8:00pm - Juanita (6-3) @ Peninsula (12-0)

Huge win for the Juanita Rebels who exploited a vulnerable Stadium defense putting up 17 goals marking only the third time this season they’ve scored over 16 goals this season. Now they head to face a Peninsula team who is 1-3 in the playoffs over the last four years. This should be a win for a Rebels teams that statistically is having one of their best seasons in recent years. If they win this they will likely face the Mercer Island Islanders which will unarguably be their toughest test of the year.

4A

7:00pm - Sumner (6-4) @ Eastlake (8-1)

Sumner pulled out a dramatic OT win over Glacier Peak while washing away the awful memory of their one-goal loss they suffered in the playoffs a season before. The defending champs are in position to get back into the finals this year so Sumner will have a difficult time trying to get past head coach Chris O’Dougherty’s boys in the second round. Sumner will need to play the best lacrosse they’ve ever played if they want to make Eastlake work for their win.

7:30pm - Skyline (6-3) @ Skyview (8-0)

Skyview put up the most goals in the entire first round with 27 against South Kitsap proving why they are the best team in the GSHL Conference. Skyview’s offense will be tested against a Skyline Spartan defense that is statistically the best in 4A KingCo allowing an average of 7 goals a game. Skyline may be the favorites here but Skyview should make this game interesting with an offense that averaged 13 goals in 14 games.

Saturday May 18

1A/2A

2:00pm - Sehome (4-4) @ Vashon (13-1)

Vashon dominated their Olympic Conference averaging 12 goals a game while only allowing an average 3 goals. Sehome lost to Vashon in 2017 playoffs 10-4 in the same round so they’ll be looking for revenge against the Pirates to get to the semifinals. Sehome comes from one of the toughest conferences in the 1A/2A division in the Northwest where they face teams like Bellingham and last season’s champions, the Skagit Valley Flyers [Burlington-Edison]. Vashon has a real shot at starfire but needs to get past this strong Northwest team and the semifinals should be the easier of the two rounds for them.

3:00pm - Montesano (6-8) @ Orting (6-6)

Great matchup between Montesano and Orting who should prove to be good competition for each other. Montesano’s offense began to put up big numbers in the last half of their season scoring 10 or more goals in five games during April. They will need to keep this momentum going into this round if they want to get past Orting. Regardless of the outcome, their toughest challenge will lie in the semifinals where they’ll face either Vashon or Sehome who are both favorites to make it to Starfire this postseason.

4:00pm - North Kitsap (9-5) @ Burlington-Edison (6-2)

Burlington-Edison, more popularly known as the Skagit Valley Flyers, are looking like they may have a repeat championship year. Their only losses came to new conference addition the Squalicum Storms. North Kitsap has done well in the Olympic conference with an offense that nearly matched their top ranked rivals the Vashon Pirates. They’ll need to put up a lot of goals to pull off the upset against the defending state champs as the Flyers will likely run up the score quickly.

5:00pm - Columbia River (5-3) @ Liberty (7-1)

The Liberty Patriots have been a championship contender every year but have lost the last two years in the semifinals, each by a goal. This is their chance to right the wrong as they get the ideal opportunity to rematch the team that beat them in the semifinals last year in overtime. Columbia River played them to start the season on March 9 and won convincingly 13-5. The Patriots need to show they have grown and that they are the 1A/2A KingCo team that everyone should fear.

3A

2:00pm - Ballard (1-3) @ Mercer Island (8-1)

The Ballard Beavers enjoyed a great 7-5 victory in the first round against Snohomish advancing them to the second round against Mercer Island for the second year in a row. The Islanders are likely to appear in the semifinals for their third straight year as Ballard has been outscored by Mercer Island 37-9 in their previous two meetings. Could be a rough night for the Beavers who will have to withstand an Islander offense that has averaged over 13 goals a game.

7:00pm - Gig Harbor (9-3) @ Bainbridge (4-0)

Gig Harbor had their third straight playoff berth and won their first playoff game against Hermiston in a tight 12-11 match. They now will have to travel to Bainbridge Island where they’ll face one of the top contenders to make it to Starfire in this postseason. Bainbridge has averaged 14 goals a game while allowing an average of 6 goals. They are looking like a strong team but their strength of schedule in this season has been much weaker than previous years. Gig Harbor will enjoy their first round win but Bainbridge will hold the edge in this match and likely head to the semifinals.

4A

10:30am - Woodinville (4-5) @ Tahoma (10-0)

One of the more ideal match-ups in this weeks second round games with a Woodinville team that is used to playing tough lacrosse, regardless of what their record shows, and a Tahoma Bears team that has been in championship contention for many years. The Bears are the favorites in this matchup with a stellar season that had a win against Woodinville’s conference rivals the Eastlake Wolves and averaged 10 goals per game. Woodinville broke even on their points for and points against making them a little inconsistent throughout the year but they have been to the semi-finals in the previous two years and head coach Pete Crowley doesn’t intend to miss it this time either.

1:00pm - Issaquah (3-6) @ Curtis (8-2)

Curtis comes into this game with the edge over the Issaquah Eagles after destroying the Mead Panthers 18-0. Curtis is 0-3 against KingCo teams in the past two seasons but Issaquah could be the weakest of those opponents they have faced yet. This match is definitely not decided as Issaquah knows how to play at a high pace but Curtis will be hungry to get over that KingCo hump and prove they belong in this year’s semi-final match.

PV

2:30pm - Seattle Academy (7-3) @ Bellarmine Prep (4-6)

Seattle Academy beat Eastside Catholic to get to this game where they hold a legitimate shot at beating Bellarmine Prep as well. If they win in the quarterfinals it will be the first time they appear in the Private semi-finals since being placed in this Division last season. Bellarmine Prep had a decent season but finished with 5-9 overall record while struggling against some of the bigger teams like Tahoma and Curtis. Seattle Academy has the edge here with their strong record and playoff experience making them the tougher opponent.

7:00pm - Gonzaga Prep (12-0) @ Seattle Prep (6-3)

Great to see Gonzaga Prep beyond the preliminary round since they are the only Spokane team in the Private Division they get the invite to the playoffs. The past two years were not kind to them but they knocked out the once mighty Eastside Catholic Crusaders in a 19-10 victory at home. Now they get to travel to face last year’s state champion runner up the Seattle Prep Panthers who are hungry to get back to Starfire. The Panther have a clear edge over the Bull Pups but Gonzaga Prep won’t let it be easy on Seattle Prep.

Story by Michael Thornbloom.

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