SEATTLE – The Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse has named King’s Way junior Isaiah Pratt, who plays for Union High School (Camas), senior Connor Gilbert of Freeman High School, who plays for Central Valley High School (Central Valley), Tomomi Harai, a junior at Woodinville High School (Woodinville), Charlie Powell, a junior at the Lakeside School (Seattle), David Vanderwall, a senior at Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma), Jason Rojas, a senior at Curtis High School (University Place) and Justin Beretta, a home schooled junior playing for Cascade High School (Everett) as Washington state high school lacrosse players of the week for March 28 – April 3, 2016.
Isaiah Pratt, Junior, King’s Way High School (Plays for Union High School in Camas)
King’s Way junior Isaiah Pratt delivered 10 points as his Union High School boys lacrosse squad rolled to wins over Oregon’s Aloha High School and Washington’s Columbia River High School last week to maintain first place in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division II Central/South Conference. On Tuesday, the attackman scored five goals as the Titans downed Aloha 11 – 7 on the road then two days later lead Union with four goals and an assist as the Titans pulled away from Columbia River to even its boys lacrosse record with a 14 – 5 win at home.
Connor Gilbert, Senior, Freeman High School (Plays for Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley)
Conner Gilbert scored four goals as Central Valley held on for a 10 – 7 boys high school lacrosse home win over Inland Empire rival Lewis & Clark. Gilbert, a senior at Freeman High School, finished with four points, all on goals, as the Bears improved their record to 3 – 1 on the season and inch within a half-game of the lead in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division II Eastern Conference.
Tomomi Hirai, Junior, Woodinville High School (Woodinville)
Tomomi Hirai kept his consecutive game scoring string intact as he delivered 11 points in Woodinville’s wins over Sammamish-Interlake and Lake Washington during the week to maintain a share of the top spot in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division I KingCo Conference. On Tuesday, the senior who studies in the Running Start program, poured on four goals and two assists as the Falcons easily handled Sammamish-Interlake with a 19 – 3 boys high school lacrosse win on Tuesday. Two days later the attackman, who has earned at least one point in all seven Woodinville games this spring, scored another four goals and added an assist to lead Woodinville past the Kangs 18 – 2 for its sixth boys lacrosse win of the spring.
Charlie Powell, Junior, Lakeside School (Seattle)
Lakeside’s Charlie Powell finished the week with six goals and three assists as his Lakeside Lions rolled past Nathan Hale and Roosevelt to finish the week with back-to-back wins and a 3 – 1 overall record, just a half-game off the pace in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division I Metro Conference. On Tuesday, the junior scored four goals added two assists and grabbed four ground balls as Lakeside built a 5 -1 lead at the half then cruised down the stretch to earn a home 12 – 3 win over Nathan Hale. Two days later Powell helped the Lions win again with another two goals, an assist and a pair of ground balls in a 13 – 0 shutout of the Roughriders.
David Vanderwall, Senior, Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma)
David Vanderwall delivered 15 points as Bellarmine Prep outscored its opponents 44 – 15 during the week with decisive boys lacrosse wins over North Kitsap and Stadium maintaining its second-place position, just a game back of the lead, in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division I Narrows/Olympic Conference. On Monday, the senior attackman scored a season-high eight goals and added an assist along with six ground balls to lead the Lions to their second win of the spring with a 24 – 9 home victory over North Kitsap. The next night, Vanderwall scored five goals and added an assists along with three ground balls as Prep downed Stadium 20 – 6 to improve their overall record to 4-1-0 on the season.
Jason Rojas, Sophomore, Curtis High School (University Place)
Jason Rojas delivered nine points for Curtis High School as the Vikings rolled to a boys lacrosse win over Bethel and was downed in overtime by Gig Harbor hanging on to its spot in a three-way tie for the lead in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division I SPSL Conference. On Wednesday, the sophomore attackman scored four goals as Curtis broke into positive territory as the Viks put up 15 unanswered goals in the first three quarters on the way to their third win of the spring with an 18 – 1 defeat of Bethel. Rojas later closed out the week on Friday scoring two goals and adding two assists in Curtis’ OT loss to the Tides.
Justin Beretta, Junior, Home Schooled (Plays for Cascade High School in Everett)
Justin Beretta scored with just 59 seconds remaining in overtime to lift Cascade to its second win of the spring with an 11 – 10 boys high school lacrosse defeat of Monroe on Friday as the Bruins maintained second spot, just a game back of the lead, in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division II Wesco/NW Conference. The home-schooled junior’s goal came after Monroe rallied from a 6 – 9 deficit at the end of the third to tie the contest at 9 – 9 with just 49 seconds remaining in regulation. His overtime winner gave Beretta six points (3g, 3a) on the night. Earlier in the week he had three goals and an assist for four points along with 10 ground balls in Cascade’s 11 – 5 loss to the combined Snohomish, Glacier Peak High School squad giving him six goals and four assists for 10 points on the week.
About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition. With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America. In Washington state, 4,500 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state. For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.