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Lakeside vs Seattle Prep - Semifinal Recap

The Seattle Prep Panthers find their way into Starfire after routing the mighty Lakeside Lions 14-6 in perfect rainy lacrosse weather on Saturday night at Lower Woodland Field. Story by Michael Thornbloom.

Both teams opened the game up with two goals a piece, one of which came to Seattle Prep off an EMO. They continued to battle it out for the remained of the quarter until the Panthers found another pair of goals to take a strong early 4-2 lead by the second quarter. Lakeside had a chance to stay into this game after the Panther’s fifth goal with their third goal coming early in the second to maintain a two-goal disparity that was manageable. Things started to slip from the Lions when they committed a pair of penalties down the stretch of the second quarter to which the Panthers were only getting deeper into their rhythm as they closed out the half 7-3.

Seattle Prep was in clear control of this game coming into the final half of the semifinal while their opponent was slowly imploding with more penalties on the field and one coming from head coach Eric Davidheiser. At this point in the third quarter they were down three players giving the Panthers another easy scoring opportunity that they happily capitalized on. The game conitued in this similar fashion ending with both teams doubling their first half scores to 14-6 with the Panthers ultimately finding themselves in Starfire against an opponent they are 2-0 against this year.

Seattle Prep senior attackman Sergei Jacobs walked away with five goals and two assists in their win against the Lions making this his twelfth game this year with over four goals in a game, impressive. He wasn’t without help with junior midfielder Clark McNaull (3g) and junior attackman Jack Nelson (2g, 1a) combining for five goals on the night as well. Freshman goalie Lewis Schrock also had a notable performance saving 11-of-17 shots on goal giving him a very nice 0.647 save percentage.

Panther’s head coach Rich Stearns came into this game with a slightly different look to his play putting wrinkles into everything they have done this season to keep his opponent on their toes. Whatever he did it worked with this game marking the largest lead they’ve had against the Lions all year. One more stop to go for Stearns and his squad as they’ll prepare for a Fighting Irish team that just put up similar numbers against the Crusaders the night before.

“I think we match-up well with them.” said Stearns. “We played them twice already this year, we’ve beaten them both times and they’re gonna be tough and fight us all the way to the end.”

Even though they’ve had the Irish’s number during regular season, Stearns is still aware that this isn’t regular season anymore, the state championship is on the line. “In my mind regular season records don’t really matter at this point, we’re gonna go head-to-head and gear up for this big game.”

These teams will battle it out at Starfire this coming Saturday at Starfire Stadium for the shot at the title of Private School State Champions.

Story by Michael Thornbloom.