Vashon lacrosse comes up short

The Vashon High School Lacrosse Club played two more top tier teams this past week. Though this young team continues to improve, it came up on the short end in both games.

Against Skyline on April 13, Vashon played solid lacrosse for three quarters before Skyline pulled away.

The score was tied at 4 at the end of the first quarter. Vashon’s failure to score in the second and third quarters put unsustainable pressure on the defense.

Skyline pulled away in the third to take a 10-4 lead. Vashon made a spirited run in the fourth quarter, but it was too little, too late. Skyline held on for a 14-7 win.

Despite the loss, Vashon’s offense improved by showing balance and the ability to recognize scoring opportunities. Six of its seven goals came from different players. Gregor Davidheiser led scorers with two goals and two assists.

On Friday, April 16, Vashon traveled to Vancouver to play a strong and athletic King’s Way team. King’s Way is comprised of players from high schools throughout the Vancouver area.

Vashon never got on track in this game. Vashon’s mental errors and some sloppiness with lacrosse fundamentals opened the way for King’s Way to cruise to a 12-4 win.

However, Vashon again showed moments of significant improvement. Sophomore John Smith showed his potential with two well-timed goals, and junior Danny Sullivan contributed two intelligent assists. Sophomore defender Kevin Smith started his first game. Smith’s performance showed that with experience, he will become a fine defender for Vashon.

The schedule does not get any easier for Vashon this week. Today, Wednesday, April 21, Vashon travels to top-ranked Mercer Island. On Saturday, April 24, Vashon faces a very strong and experienced Northshore/Bothell team.

— Charley Rosenberry coaches the Vashon lacrosse team.

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