Strong lacrosse team ends season

Elliot Carleton scores against North Kitsap. - Laura Neuman Photo
Elliot Carleton scores against North Kitsap.
— image credit: Laura Neuman Photo

The high school boys lacrosse team extended its winning streak to four games after defeating Gig Harbor last Thursday evening, 10-4, in a dominant performance.

Scoring was led by Winter Krimmert, who had two goals, two assists and seven ground-balls. Once again Krimmert dominated the face-off position, allowing Vashon to control possession for much of the game. Junior midfielder Ezra Ende posted a hat trick, which was his fourth in as many games. Senior attack Griff Jennings also posted his third hat trick in a row against Gig Harbor and leads the team in assists.

The Vashon Vultures also recently defeated North Kitsap 16-3, Nathan hale 9-6 and Port Angeles 14-2, and the team’s overall record is 6-3.

Sophomore attack Elliot Carleton played a crucial role in the win over Nathan Hale and has tallied eight goals and three assists in the past four games. Senior midfielder Evan Anderson continues to find open scorers and has seven assists on the season as well as four goals.

Vashon’s underclassmen have been productive, and everyone on the team has been contributing to the successful season. While the Vultures’ offense has found its rhythm, Vashon’s defense has proved to be a commanding force with senior goalie Marquis Stendahl in the top five goalies in the league.

Head coach Daniel Macca spoke to the strength of the team’s defense.

“Without a doubt, we have some of the most talented close-in defensive players in the league. The offensive players show up in the statistics, but it’s our close-in defense that frightens other teams,” he said.

Macca added that he’s pleased with how the entire team has been playing.

“There is a real belief in our ability to play quality lacrosse. No one in the league thought much about us pre-season, but that’s all changed since we’ve been beating Divison I teams and dominating our Div ision II competition. This week will be the real test for us as we head into the final games of our season.”

Vashon plays Div. I Bellarmine Prep this evening and faces division rival Peninsula High School, at home on Thursday evening at 6 p.m. Vashon’s final home game is Saturday, May 10, against Div. I Stadium High School. The Vashon Lacrosse Club will honor the outgoing seniors of both the girls’ and boys’ lacrosse team on Saturday.

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