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As the West Region winds down, Nevada and Washington both crowed state champions as Minnesota and Oregon both are weeks away from naming their 2019 champion.
Just Like They Planned
The top four seeds in the Oregon High School Lacrosse Association playoffs all advanced to the Final Four.
No. 1 Lakeridge (Ore.), No. 2 West Linn (Ore.), No. 3 Sunset (Ore.) and No. 4 Lake Oswego (Ore.) won their quarterfinal matchups by at least three goals each to advance to the Final Four, which will be played on May 29.
Lakeridge takes on Lake Oswego while West Linn battles Sunset.
Back On Top
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Will Wheeler scored six points and Hunter Johnson tallied five as Mercer Island (Wash.) defeated Bellevue (Wash.) 14-6 to win the Division 3A championship. The victory is Mercer Island’s first title since 2015.
Bellevue had won three-straight titles, including the last two 3A titles. The championship is Ian O’Hearn’s and Mercer Island’s sixth overall championship.
Johnson finished the season with 78 points. Wheeler, a junior, finished with 39.
Eastlake (Wash.) defeated Skyline (Wash.) to earn its second-straight Division 4A title. Gavin Wallace led Eastlake with five points (3g, 2a). Nathan Sutter and Simon Breecher each scored three goals in the win. Caden Culbert led Skyline with four points. The meeting was one of the last two 4A champions after Skyline won it in 2017 and Eastlake took it home last year.
You Can Go Home Again
O’Dea (Wash.) and head coach Drew Snider completed their two-peat with an 11-7 win over Seattle Prep (Wash.) on Saturday. Axel Aymond and Alden Lumpkin and Dylan Vita each tallied three points and Avery Buote-Porter dished out four assists for O’Dea. This is the second championship for both the O’Dea program and Snider.
Since Snider took over his alma mater in 2014, he has led the program to steady improvement. The former University of Maryland and Major League Lacrosse standout has compiled a 72-41 record, which includes one year as head coach at Nathan Hale (Wash.).
Snider started the program at O’Dea in 2014 and led the team to a 5-9 record. After 28 wins in his first four seasons, he’s led the Irish to 27 wins in the last two seasons.
Vashon Island (Wash.) won its first state title since 2005 with a 4-3 win over Liberty (Wash.) in the 1A/2A state championship. Yury Coucoules and Jake Carman each had a goal and an assist and Paris Brown scored two goals in the win.
News and Notes
Palo Verde (Nev.) won its second-straight Division I title with a 17-3 win over Reno (Nev.). The Panthers jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first quarter and led 11-1 at halftime.
Galena (Nev.) defeated Southern Utah (Nev.) 10-8 to win the Division II title in Nevada.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s (Minn.) and Stillwater (Minn.) are the last remaining undefeated teams in Minnesota. Both teams are 13-0 after wrapping up the regular season.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s has been dominant this season, holding every opponent to eight goals or less. They’ve outscored their opponents 88-35 this season, including 57-19 in the fourth quarter.
Stillwater’s defense allowed more than nine goals only once this season - its final game - an 11-10 win over Wayzata (Minn.).
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