Woodinville lacrosse capped off an undefeated season with a 14-5 victory over Inglemoor High School to win the district championship game on Wednesday, June 9.
Inglemoor took the lead early in the game. However, WHS opened things up in the second quarter, according to head coach Peter Crowley.
By the end of the game, senior captain Brogan Turner recorded six goals and two assists. Sophomore Lleyton Pilukas added four more goals and one assist. Senior Dane Hunt and freshman Josh Bishop each tacked on one goal and provided several assists as well. Senior captain Zayn Patel also scored two goals.
Crowley was thrilled that 10 seniors returned for this season despite the unique year, he said. He emphasized the resiliency of his team for coming together to “play for each other” under the circumstances.
“They could have easily just said they weren't playing this year,” Crowley said of his team. “But they really came together for each other and for the love of the game. That spoke volumes to their character.”
He said all the lacrosse coaches in Northshore School District created a plan to give players the “best experience possible,” especially since state playoffs weren’t happening this year. As a result, each team participated in a six-game regular season, followed by a championship series to celebrate all NSD players.
According to statistics from the brief season, Turner racked up 33 goals, 19 assists and 23 ground balls. Patel notched another 27 goals as well as three assists and 16 ground balls. Pilukas also added 19 goals, seven assists and 16 ground balls.
Within the seven games, Bishop and senior Henry Nichols each collected over 30 ground balls. Hunt, who plans to play lacrosse at Palm Beach University in the fall, recorded 20 goals, 12 assists and 14 ground balls.
Senior goalie Nick Ledesky logged 38 saves from 51 shots throughout the season. He saved about 75% of the shots taken on goal, according to the statistics.
“In lacrosse, that’s just absolutely amazing,” Crowley said, referring to the goalie. “Anything over 65% is top notch.”