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09/26/2017
Hello Lacrosse Club Members, We hope you have had a wonderful...
Vultures run to state ends in Semifinals
05/28/2017
The Vashon Vultures (Boys HS lacrosse) endured a season ending loss...
 
Registration/Call for Board Members

Hello Lacrosse Club Members,

We hope you have had a wonderful summer, and that players are getting in some wall ball and practicing their slick stick tricks.

First: Registration IS OPEN with early bird discount Returning players will have one week to register before it is made publicly open.  We expect some ages/teams will fill beyond capacity so this is your opportunity.  Prices will see a modest $5 increase as some of our expenses including fields rental from the Parks District will increase this year.    All registrations have the option to split your payment into two equal payments one now, and one in February.  Specific dates/costs can be found below. 

 

Second:  CRITICAL Call for board members.  The board is now well populated, but aging.  I mean not that we are old, just that many of our kids are about to graduate from high school.  We need new board members.  We need skilled professionals, lax knowlege is not a requirement.  The main functions of the board are managing registration, team formation, fields acquisition (rent fields for practices and games, and get required goals, referees and other needed equipment ), manage the finances, and club communications.  From the coaching ranks we need immediately someone who can attend the South Sound League meetings on behalf of the club.  This role requires two evenings per month.  One at the SSL meeting, and one at the board meeting.  

 

The more the merrier.  As stated, we have a fun group of dedicated parents on the board, but we need new blood from the younger ages with upcoming 2 year (or longer if you like) terms ending for President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer.   The President and Vice President are serving in both board roles and coaching roles.  If you have skills in finance and accounting, web services, communications, or are just someone who knows how to get things done we need you, and sooner is better.  We want to continue to build the board and hand it off to the next generation in a smooth manner.  This is how a club stays healthy.  Please contact  .

 

Third:  Last year was a watershed year.  We had a significant growth in the club.  We made efforts and were rewarded by fielding 3 different girls teams, a big increase in 7/8th boys along with general increases across all ages.  We acknowlege a few growing pains along the way (we hear you), and have things lined up solidly for this year with those learnings behind us and kept in mind.  If you have any concerns, please let us know.  We think we will have a good answer for you.

 

Fourth:  Another key item for the club is to identify two referees for each season (one for boys, and one for girls).  We need a solid individual who can handle a couple days training, and is willing to referee a few games for us.  We have had the benefit of one of the girls parents for several years, but again kids graduate and it is time to fill those shoes too.  Note that referees get paid upwards of $50 per game, and have the opportunity once trained to referee anywere in the region.  The demand is high for referees, and a good referee makes a huge difference in the quality of the game and the safety of the players.  If you do this, you would not be expected to be a board member too.    Good to have separation of church and state as it were.   In many clubs top referees come from the players themselves.  Any HS player should consider this.  It is an outstanding leadership development opportunity.  Not many kids can put “referee" on their resume, and hiring managers in any field respect what that entails. 

 

In summary, registration is open, and new board members, an SSL rep, and a couple referees are a must.  What can you bring to the game?!!

 

Your Vashon Island Lacrosse Board

 

any questions to martingf@comcast.net and I will get to the right person

prospective board members to .

 

Registration details below:

Must have a valid US Lacrosse membership through 8/1/2018.
Returning Player registration ends: 10/3/2017
Early-bird discount ends: 12/15/2017
Late-fee starts: 2/18/2018
Registration closes: 3/1/2018
 
Base Costs / Programs
Boy’s:
    3/4 — $125, Early Bird: $110
    5/6 — $160, Early Bird: $145
    7/8 — $170, Early Bird: $165
    HS — $250, Early Bird: $235
 
Girl’s:
    U13(5th/6th grades) — $140, Early Bird: $125
    U15(7th/8th grades) — $160, Early Bird: $145
    HS — $225, Early Bird: $210
 
 

by posted 09/26/2017
Vultures run to state ends in Semifinals

The Vashon Vultures (Boys HS lacrosse) endured a season ending loss to the Bellingham Warriors at Vashon High School on Wed 5/24 in the State Semifinal playoff.

 
It was an intense game, with a huge home field crowd in attendance including players from the last Vashon Lacrosse team to win a state championship.
 
Vashon came out strong, and after some good saves at both ends, Paris Brown ripped one in to take an early lead.  Bellingham answered with two of their own, and then Jake Carmon tied it up with a nice feed from Adrian St Germain, whose was active in midfield throughout the game.  The first quarter ended with Vashon down one goal.  The second quarter was more of the same.  Paris Brown scored another with a nice individual effort, bulling through three defenders to make some space and get the shot.  Calvin McMillan added one as well with a nice feed from Dawit Tuller-Ross who had beat two men at the top of the box, and a slide to him left Calvin open for the quick spin shot in front of goal.  5-4 was the closest the game would be.  Bellingham added one more just before halftime to lead 6-4.  
 
Interviews and discussion at halftime suggested that the offense was creating plenty of chances (there were at least three great feeds to an open man in front of goal that did not come to fruition), but that the defense needed to step up to the challenge from Bellingham who was spreading out the scoring.
 
After halftime, Bellingham came out, and made some defensive adjustments that simply shut down the Vashon scoring machine.  They also began running a play right up the middle, challenging and beating our midfield repeatedly.  Malcolm Henry was in an uneven matchup, and our defensive legs were getting tired, and the slides were slow to come.  A 5 goal unanswered onslaught was the result, and Bellingham led 11-4 heading into the fourth quarter.  At least two goals were due to fouls resulting in defensive players in the penalty box.  One penalty was called for a player not having his mouthguard in correctly.  Nothing seemed to go right.
 
In the fourth quarter Vashon managed just one goal on an individual effort by Adrian St Germain, who took it right through a midfield sandwich, to come out with the ball open through the box, and an unopposed shot on goal.
 
Schira and Mozeleski tried a number of give and go, and give and go again plays, but they just could not penetrate the Warrior defense.
 
The clinic continued up the center, and the final score was 14-5.
 
Well, you gotta hand it to Bellingham.  They keyed on and shut down our top scorers, relegating them to attempted assists, and they found out how to beat our offense, and just hammered the weak point.
 
That said, the Vashon Vultures provided some real thrills for us this season.  They snuffed the hopes of Klahowya, and got revenge over last years losses.  Their undefeated conference regular season earned them a bye in the first round (in which they were defeated last year), and they won handily in the quarterfinals against a solid Sehome team, essentially going two games further into the playoffs this year.
 
A number of Vashon players were honored with all conference first team selections including Senior Captain Carson Nye.  Carson it should be noted drove the team’s preseason training regimen, and gave coach Dan Macca an in-shape and ready squad to start with.  Also receiving first team honors were Junior Goalkeeper Duncan McMillan, Sr Kellen Riley for his face-off prowess, Sr Dawit Tuller-Ross for his indefatigable work in midfield, and Sophomore Kiryk Mozeleski at attack.
 
The Vashon team will graduate a splendid class of seniors (and I mean good men, not just good players), but has the opportunity next year to take the next step and get to the state final.  It will be up to the new leaders on the team to fill some big shoes, and bring themselves into next season bigger, and sharper, and ready to bring in a huge class of freshman coming from the 7-8 program.  
 
Although the team did not make the state final, they put together a season to be proud of, and have every opportunity to continue the progress next year.
 

by posted 05/28/2017
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