Congratulations to our 5/6 team who battled back strong from a 2-9 defeat Friday night at the hands of Mt Si in the WA Cup tournament opener to face Mt. Si again Sunday afternoon in the Washington Cup Championship game.
The boys built a 3-1 lead in the 2nd half, but a talented and undefeated Mt Si team found a way to score three unanswered goals and took the lead for good with under two minutes to go.
The boys showed incredible courage and heart, getting stronger and playing with more passion and intensity every single game from Saturday on.
The idea that 5/6 could compete with a team that had essentially crushed them Friday night was simply a testament to great coaching, huge heart, the will to win, and a little Sparta magic.
Club Past President Rene Cespedes recalls that our current Juniors/Sophomores were the last team to win WA Cup back when they were 5/6 (and several of them were on hand Sunday to root on their mini-me’s!) "This years 5/6 group is the best showing we have had in a while."
Many thanks to the parents and older Skyline LAX players and siblings who showed up to support the team Sunday. It meant a lot to the boys.
A huge thank you to head coach Nick Riley, assisted by his brother and Skyline Alum Matt, Jimmy Bucy, spotting from Dave Vermeulen, with score keeping from Danielle Vermeulen.
In 1973, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association added soccer to its list of sanctioned school sports. Imagine all the matches played since then and the tradition of youth soccer in Washington and the rest of the country. Now imagine if that never happened and soccer was relegated to a private club sport instead of one that athletes play while proudly displaying their high school colors.
That’s what’s happening right now, but it’s not soccer being left out, it’s lacrosse. Lacrosse is one of the fastest-growing sports in America and it’s time to let it into the schools. For decades, lacrosse was a highly regional sport, found only in the Northeast. But it has since exploded on the West Coast, and now there are club teams in King County that deserve to be represented. In fact, the Pacific Northwest is an area with especially high lacrosse growth.
The Issaquah Lacrosse Club started the push for lacrosse in the area east of Seattle, and from that club sprung many others like it, including the Mount Si lacrosse club, now in its seventh season.
It’s time for the WIAA to recognize lacrosse and bring it into the fold as the newest spring sport in which high schools can compete. There is no reason why high school athletes shouldn’t be able to get their letter in lacrosse. In fact, the local club teams like the Mount Si lacrosse club are already aligning themselves with the various local high schools in anticipation of becoming a sanctioned sport.
According to the Washington chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, there are 4,000 youth athletes playing lacrosse in this state. But in 2011, the WIAA voted not to sanction the sport.
The reasons against sanctioning lacrosse have some limited logic to them, but I don’t find them convincing. The first concern is logistical: Is there enough field space? Can schools afford the equipment? The second concern is far weaker: Lacrosse might cannibalize other spring sports.
I respect the logistical concerns, even if I disagree with them. First, in terms of field space, the teams are already in existence. They have clearly already found adequate field space and they did it on their own, without any help from the school system. That argument also applies to the cost of equipment. Clearly the athletes and teams have found a way to self-finance, because they are playing right now. I argue the fact that they found funding and field time in an environment where the WIAA says there isn’t enough of either proves they deserve a chance.
By the way, that’s all this would be, a chance. If the WIAA allowed lacrosse, it wouldn’t compel schools to create teams if there wasn’t enough interest. It would simply allow them to create a lacrosse team if there was.
As to the second argument against lacrosse, that it will cannibalize other spring sports, I find this a disappointing line of reasoning by the WIAA. If a sport is cannibalized by another sport, doesn’t that mean that it should have been? Why is the WIAA forcing certain spring sports when, if given the chance, the athletes would rather play something else? Why does the WIAA get to decide what spring sports are worthy? That decision should be up to the players on the field.
Lacrosse is already huge. It’s time for the WIAA to simply catch up to reality.