Led by senior JD Chapman’s four goals and a smothering defense, Woodinville outlasted Sammamish 10–7 to secure a perfect season and capture their first Washington state Division II lacrosse championship, Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.
The win gave the Woodinville program and second-year coach Gavin Molitor their first state title in just their second year of play.
Chapman opened scoring at 9:20 of the first, connecting on the lead score of two Falcon goals in the quarter, giving the Falcons a 2-1 lead going into the second quarter. In the second, Sammamish’s Schmidt tied the game at 10:19 before Colter Clinch and Chapman again put Woodinville up by 2 goals 4-2. Chapman scored his third goal of the night to give the Falcons a 5–3 lead. In the third, Chapman broke nearly a six-minute scoring drought with a shot at 5:58. Just over a minute later, William Prostka added the Falcon’s seventh goal. In the final quarter Woodinville added two more to take a 10–6 lead before Sammamish’s Neil Hones, who had 9 shots on the night, connected for his third goal with just 23 seconds remaining on a man-up opportunity to close out the game. For Woodinville, Chapman had two assists and a ground ball while Colter Clinch and Daniel McKee each netted 2 goals. Dalton Combs led the Falcons on defense with 14 ground balls.
"We really came together as a team," said Chapman, who led the Falcons in regular season scoring with 41 goals and 32 assists. "Our defensive play was solid all year. They all produced for us. Today, they made the difference."
Austin Sodorff won a state title in pole vault. Photo by Don Mann.
All three Northshore schools were represented big-time at the Class 4A State Track & Field meet at Mt.Tahoma High School in Tacoma on Saturday.
One Falcon, one Viking and four Cougs stood tall on the champions’ podium — though the Viking girl did it twice. Inglemoor senior Tansey Lystad doubled in the 1600 and 3200 meter runs, capping off a year in which she also notched the cross country title in the fall.
"I just feel so blessed," she said. "This was a rocky season, starting with a foot injury. I hurt it again at the KingCo meet and wasn’t sure I would even run at state. But I recuperated and, wow, it all came together this weekend."
That it did, as she smoked the field in the 3200 with a personal record of 10:28.92 Thursday, and PR’d again Saturday when she separated from the pack after one lap in the 1600 — both school records.
"I’m not much of a kicker so I knew I had to get out early to win," she said. "I had great competitors who pushed me to achieve my best, especially Chandler (Olson)."
Olson, a Woodinville sophomore, won the battle for second place with a big finish to run her personal best in the 1600 and break the school record she already set — and we’ll be hearing more from her in the future.
Earlier in the day, in a funky deal, Falcon junior pole vaulter Austin Sodorff earned a state title — on misses, not makes.
Sodorff and Marcus Schooley of A.C. Davis emerged as the top two in the event — rescheduled for Saturday morning because of rain and hazardous conditions on Friday, but each missed both final attempts at 15 feet. It came down to a ruling where judges refer to previous attempts. Sodorff hadn’t missed one until 15, and Schooley missed one at 14’ 3 — talk about anticlimactic. Sodorff didn’t even know he was a state champ until five minutes after the event was done and they gathered up the poles.
"That was kinda bittersweet, if that’s the right word," he said. "I wanted to go to a jump-off; that woulda been more fair. I had no idea of that rule."
Nevertheless, he was a state champion. Had he been told he’d stand on the state podium’s perch at the start of the season — a season he began anonymously with a personal best of merely 10 feet — what would he have thought?
Tansey Lystad was lights out in the 1600. Photo by Don Mann.
"I woulda laughed in your face," he said, laughing in mine. He may get the last laugh next year, having improved by five feet in one season and the sky’s the limit, according to pole vault coach Andrew Storey.
The fourth-year Woodinville assistant has now produced back-to-back state champions.
"It’s not about the coaching; it’s all about the athlete," he said.
"I’ve been fortunate to have a couple guys with tremendous passion, kids who want to be great and have that drive. Like I said, Austin’s come so far and next year he has a chance to be crazy, 16 (feet) easy, maybe 17 if he keeps working."
Not sure any Northshore athlete worked any harder so long than Bothell’s Luke Proulx, who finally won a state title after some big sips at the fountain with Blue Train football. The Army-bound senior ran the first leg of Bothell’s winning 4X 100 relay team which set a state-season record at 42.18. Bothell’s handoffs were immaculate.
Moreover, the win was accomplished with Dylan Langston subbing for regular anchor Trent Sewell, who was out with a hamstring, and Luke was overjoyed with the result and the first one to hug teammates Nick Anthony and Will McIntyre.
"It’s a great way to go out," he said. "It’s the last competitive high school atmosphere I’ll ever experience and it’s awesome — a tribute to our coaches and my teammates. A state championship ... finally ... school record, too ... Yeah, baby!"
Woodinville's Emily Jackson places the tag on a Skyview runner during the Lady Falcons' 13-4 victory in the third place game. Photo courtesy of Jon Anderson
The Woodinville fastpitch girls, undefeated, undaunted and top-ranked, traveled to Spokane for the state tournament and won two straight on Friday to play in the big games on Saturday.
But a funny thing happened on the way to the state championship: Falcon pitching ace Madi Schreyer served up two homers — one to the leadoff batter — in the first inning as Marysville-Pilchuck, no slouch at 20-1 coming in, put five runs on the board in the 9 a.m. semifinal.
Woodinville, not accustomed to being down, would not recover and lost 7-2.
End of the dream for the green team. Bummer.
To their credit the Lady Falcons sucked it up and battled back to earn a 3rd-place trophy, defeating Jackson 4-3 and then walloping Skyview 13-4.
But Woodinville, who had it all in terms of talent and depth, had to bite hard at the outcome.
"We had a bad inning," coach Mark Leander said of the Pilchuck game.
"We kicked a couple balls and we’re down 5-0 right away. Not characteristic. Plus we didn’t hit it very well. It was a tough way to go."
Lauren Burchak belted a grand-slam in the ninth inning of the second game, and Katie Engelbrecht delivered the same in the finale--her last high school at-bat.