The Vashon Vultures high school boys’ lacrosse team continues to have a great season, winning a third league game against North Kitsap, but dropping one against 3A Peninsula.
The team played two games the week of March 27. It met North Kitsap in a league game, and then Peninsula in a conference game.
Vashon is in the 1A/2A Olympic league. In the conference, however, the team also has a pair of 3A opponents, Peninsula and Gig Harbor. The Vultures had played and defeated Klahowya and South Kitsap and had just the North Kitsap Vikings remaining to determine who was top dog in the league when they met on Wednesday. Coming in to the game, North Kitsap had won three, including defeats of Gig Harbor, Klahowya and Sequim, which is also in the league. Vashon came in with two wins, against Klahowya and South Kitsap, and had not really been tested yet.
Vashon came out with strong offense and defense and with continued strong FOGO (FaceOffGoOff) work by Kellen Riley, who is a faceoff specialist. Vashon had several shots and defended well, until sophomore Kiryk Mozeleski opened up the scoring in about the second minute of the game with a bounce shot off the muddy floor in front of the goal.
Just like in the last two games, the Vashon offense controlled the game and ran a high and hard press throughout. Though the Vikings did make occasional offensive headway, Vashon continued to press with most of the momentum. Just two minutes later, Mozeleski found an open Calvin McMillan in front of goal, and McMillan took what appears to be his specialty shot, receiving the ball with back to goal, and turning in stride and shooting, bringing the score to 2-0, Vashon. The high press continued to work, and during transition, Malcom Henry came up with a ball and took a quick shot to make it 3-0.
It appeared that Vashon wanted to see what it was like to play a man down and suffered a series of penalties, putting men in the box, and the Vikings managed a score on one of these. Finally breaking down the Vashon defense, and with a little luck, the Vikings got a bounce shot in.
Dawit Tuller-Ross scored next, and then with his usual focus and awareness, managed a goal with literally one second left on the clock, so at halftime it was a comfortable 5 -1 lead.
The next high point came when sophomore Diego Gray-Wishik scored his first goal of the year on a nice spin and shoot move in front of the goal. As if to emphasize that was no fluke, he did the same a few minutes later at the end of a beautiful set of passes from Mason Rice to Henry, who got the assist. Then again there