Vashon Vultures advance at State, youth lacrosse impresses

The Vashon Vultures Boys’ punched their ticket to the State Championship finals with a win over the visiting Overlake Owls.

On Saturday, May 21, the Vashon Vultures Boys’ high school lacrosse team punched their ticket to the State Championship Finals with a convincing 17-4 win over the visiting Overlake Owls.

Within the opening minutes, Ryder Jones broke the ice with his first of three goals, and the team never looked back. After relinquishing two quick early goals, the Vashon defense, backed by goalie Ben Larson, adjusted and battened down the hatches, leaving Overlake virtually no opportunity to score.

Meanwhile, the offense clinically carved out one score after another, highlighted by Davis Rice’s seven assists, feeding the likes of Caleb Hecht (six goals), Ryan Noonan (four goals), and Reid Stromberg (three goals).

The Vultures will meet the Orting Cardinals in the final game of the season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila to defend their 2019 State Championship title.

For Vashon’s younger lacrosse players, the final weekend of lacrosse for the boys’ youth teams was a celebration of “the Creator’s game” with several favorite local teams joining at the high school fields for the annual Clash on Vashon lacrosse tournament. The weather was spectacular as the day began with our youngest players, the third and fourth-grade Falcons, hosting North Kitsap and South Kitsap in a round-robin tournament.

Vashon’s fifth and sixth-grade boys’ lacrosse also hosted the North Kitsap team for a great game at the stadium field where Vashon put on another strong performance and won 11-4.

It was a fitting end to a great season for Vashon lacrosse after several years with little or no competition with other clubs, and everyone had a great time at the Clash on Vashon. All of the players on the third and fourth-grade team are first-time lacrosse players, and the coaches were extremely impressed with their growth and improvement over the course of the season.

The future is very bright for our lacrosse club with these new players and families as we welcome them to the lacrosse community and are so very glad to be back practicing and playing together after so long.

Several of our youth players, Dot Castellote and Emmett Golding, have been selected for the third and fourth grade Honor the Game South Sound Youth Lacrosse All-Star game next weekend at the state championships.

Our third and fourth-grade head coach Scott Rice has also been selected as head coach of the all-star team. At the fifth and sixth-grade level, both Gabe Magdasy and Cash Maurer have been selected for the Honor the Game South Sound Youth Lacrosse All-Star team after an impressive season as leaders of their team.

We are very proud of our youth players and coaches for how well they represent a high level of sportsmanship and dedication to their team and to this great sport.