May is here and in just two the playoffs will be here beginning on May 13 for Division II and on May 17 for Division I. The week there were some interesting upsets in DI as the Big Four was shaken up with Issaquah's upset over Bainbridge Island, while Northshore pulled a one goal win over Curtis. There were also some noteworthy games in DII that had playoff implications, like Woodinville's defeat of Providence.
St. Paul, Minn. – The Washington Stealth couldn’t have picked a better time to get its first ever win in Minnesota.In the National Lacrosse League West Division Semifinals tonight, the Stealth defeated the Minnesota Swarm 14-8 to advance to the West Finals next weekend against the Calgary Roughnecks. The Stealth got off to a rough start, allowing a pair of Swarm goals in the first four minutes of the game. The Stealth got on the board thanks to a Cliff Smith goal five minutes in to cut the Swarm lead to 2-1.
ISSAQUAH- The Issaquah Eagles blitzes a flat footed Bainbridge squad in the first half to seal a commanding win over the top ranked Spartans. A stingy, well disciplined defense led the way, while Bainbridge was left playing catch up in the second half. Each team sensed the importance of tonight's match-up and came out with high energy. The first big play came with Issaquah pushing an unsettled attack on the cage, but Spartan goalie Julian Skotheim-Hillis stuffed the doorstep shot.
From ESPN RISE Bainbridge Island (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) senior midfielder Jacob Goodman scored three times in a 7-6 victory over Bellevue (Bellevue, Wash.) on Friday. Tuesday night, less than an hour after helping vanquish Curtis (University Place, Wash.), Goodman was made aware that his 11-0 Spartans had entered the POWERADE FAB 50 ESPN RISE Team Rankings. But on Friday, April 16 in accordance with a vote by the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) lacrosse in Washington is still not considered a varsity sport. During its most recent gathering on April 16, the WIAA Representative Assembly voted, 35-0, and, 33-2, respectively, to deny the inclusion of boys' and girls' lacrosse, meaning they will retain club sport status in Washington.
The fans at the Genessee Park were assaulted by some light hail right before faceoff. It turned out to be a foreshadowing of the storm of little white pellets that Garfield would throw down on the gallant Ballard Beavers. The Garfield Bulldogs came into the contest in first place in the Metro Division, but the Beavs are in a tight three-way race for the third remaining playoff spot.
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April 13 – Senior midfielder Greg Bearson (Eastside '06) earned Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (WILA) Offensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against Dominican on Saturday. Bearson led the Argos with three goals and an assist in a very important 12-10 win over the Penguins.The Argos solidified their hold on first place in the WILA with the two goal win, improving to 5-0 in conference games. The back-and-forth contest featured nine ties and ten lead changes with neither team ever leading by more than two goals. Bearson first two goals ties the score, the first knotted the game at 3-3 and the second made it 8-8 in the third period. His most important goal came with just under 3 minutes and the Argos leading 11-10. Bearson took a pass from Ryan Jones and fired it top right, off the post and in to give NDNU a very important insurance goal. Bearson also added an assist early in the game and picked up four groundballs. He became the second Argonaut to win this award with Kevin Nguyen earning the honor a few weeks ago.