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VOTE: & Game today6 PM VES, Sat 12:30 VHS, and Girls Mon 6PM VHS
Several things: 1.  Time to Vote.  Due...
Vashon Drops 2, by total of 2 goals
After being soundly defeated by Peninsula at their place last week,...
VOTE: & Game today6 PM VES, Sat 12:30 VHS, and Girls Mon 6PM VHS
Several things:
1.  Time to Vote.  Due by 25th, so get that done this weekend.  See info below.
2.  Boys HS game today 6 PM at VES (not VHS) vs Sequim, and tomorrow at VHS 12:30 vs Klahowya 
3.  Girls HS game on Monday (24th) 6 PM at VHS Stadium vs South Kitsap
4.  Coaches are forming a Summer Camp.  Initial info below, but look for more from your coaches or contact Eric Hecht directly at hecht.eric@gmail.com
Regarding the Bond:
The Vashon Lacrosse board strongly urges you to vote “yes” for the current school bond measure!  Ballots were mailed to all voters last week. Please make sure to find your ballot and vote!  Last time we were short something like 62 votes.  Every one counts.
The proposal to update the track and install an all-weather field is crucial to the continued success of Lacrosse and other activities.  Without an all-weather field, youth sports face the persistent threat of weather-related field closures, teams never get to practice on the turf surfaces where many games are played, and high school teams cannot host home playoff games.  (And the track teams can never host a meet.) We are literally stuck in the mud!
The current track and field were constructed 50 years ago – and it shows!  The stadium grass is so easily damaged that club teams are often not allowed to use it for practices or games.  Roughly a million gallons of water per year are used, along with fertilizers and herbicides.  It is not wide enough for regulation games and because it lacks an operational drainage system, it quickly turns to into swampy mud. 
A new all-weather track and field fixes these problems!  Such a surface is extremely durable and has no limits on the hours of use for the schools or the community.  We can also take advantage of the lighting.
Of course, there is much more that the bond does to improve our school facilities, but for our young athletes, the updates to the track and field are crucial and long overdue.  For these benefits, the total cost of the bond is less than $5 per month for the average house.  Please find your ballot, vote yes, and urge your friends to support this measure!  Although long overdue, the time to invest in our athletes and ourselves has finally come.
Summer Camp Info from Eric
The dates will be July 19, 20 and 21,  It will be 4 hours a day and it will be led by Danny Salonen the coach at Archbishop Murphy High School (with other college players coaching as well).  The cost will be $130 for the camp and kids can rent gear if needed for an additional $10. 
If you made it this far THANKS and see you on the field or dropping your ballot off at the Library.
GO Vultures!
The VILC Board

by posted 04/21/2017
Vashon Drops 2, by total of 2 goals

After being soundly defeated by Peninsula at their place last week, Vashon looked to steady the boat as it were and looked forward to meeting them on our own turf, muddy and bumpy as it may be. They showed they could stay with the pace of Peninsula’s game, and with the first game under their belt, they felt they could hang in there with them.

And Hang in there they did.  Peninsula came out and scored two early goals.  Then the Vultures got it in gear with two unanswered of their own.  Malcolm Henry on an assist from Kiryk Mozeleski, and then Mozeleski himself.  Then it was game on.  Like two heavyweights slugging it out, the game went back and forth.  Kellen Riley continues to dominate face-offs, and yet Peninsula battled for the ground balls resulting, and often wrested control from our midfield.  We won our fair share though too, and the game upped tempo through the 4th quarter.  At one point VHS had a three goal differential, but then in the 4th quarter tired legs and minds caused a number of small mistakes which added up to a rough half.  Peninsula took the lead with just a few seconds remaining.  Vashon however managed a goal of their own right at the buzzer to take it to overtime.  Not sure about the players, by my own store of adrenaline was gone by then.  The battle continued into overtime, with Vashon going down two players to penalty, and surviving 3 minutes with 1 or two men in the penalty box.  Then Peninsula returned the favor, and they had a man go out for a slash.  Vashon couldn’t capitalize, and with a lucky defensive play, Peninsula came up with the ball, and took advantage of a momentary defensive lapse, and got a nice shot from in front of goal to end the game.  9-8 Peninsula.

Scrappy Vashon was, but they just couldn’t hold on to that lead.  The players and coaches expressed mixed feelings after the game.  Proud they competed well with a 3A school, but also that they had that game in the bag, and let it get away.   With the two overtimes, it was a very late night for the players...

who got up at the same early time on Friday for school as usual, and then headed over to Gig Harbor that evening to meet another 3A team (and again on the Peninsula HS field).  This game started out very slowly, with both teams playing a very careful game of possession in the first quarter, but few shots, and no goals were scored for either side.

The second quarter was a little more interesting, and at halftime it was 2-1 Vashon.  The rain started lightly, but by mid third quarter it was just a monsoon out there.  Both teams struggled a bit with the slippery conditions of field, ball, and sticks, but it was a clean game.  The only foul called the entire game was for an offsides.  There were solid hits, but the quality of play was up there.  It was less a game of mistakes, and more a game of taking advantage of opportunities.  Goalkeeper Duncan McMillan kept us in the game with several 1-1 stuffs against them.  Their keeper returned the favor however, with two memorable stops down the stretch.  It is worth noting that these two goalies are ranked 8th and 9th in the entire state for save percentage for goalies with 5 or more games (59.5% for McMillan, and and 59.4 % for Gig Harbors Ben Brownfield, so that is one key reason this was a low scoring game. 

Vashon led 5-4 at end of the third, but gave up they tying goal with about 5 min to play, and hats off to Gig Harbor player Snook, as he was met by his primary defender, then a slide defender and even a third, and he somehow shot around the corner of that whole line while nearly parallel to the ground, and put it in.

Another goal was scored with just over a minute left in the game, and Gig Harbor held on despite a flurry of shots in the waning moments by Vashon.  Final score 6-5 Gig Harbor.

Scoring leaders for Vashon are sophomore Kiryk Mozeleski with 16 goals, Max Shira with 9 goals, and three players with 8 goals each (Dawit Tuller-Ross, Paris Brown, and Calvin McMillan).  Statistics and schedules can be found on Sportability.com under Washington Lacrosse.  Podcasts of all the games this season can be found on VashonLacrosse.net under "FORMS and PODCASTS".

Well, the Vultures now have a week off to lick their wounds.  It is worth noting that they are still #1 in their 1a/2a league for post season seeding purposes.  They will play South Kitsap there on 4/18, then on Friday the 21st will meet Sequim here, and on Saturday the 22nd will meet Klahowya here.   Cmon out to the games.

by posted 04/09/2017
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