Islanders Lacrosse Winless in Tough New York Tour

The state-champion Islanders couldn't match the skill or firepower of their Long Island, New York-based opponents, going 0-3 over its cross-country Spring Break tour.

Boys marked the end of a disappointing East Coast Spring Break tour on Long Island, New York last night with a 14-3 loss to the Comsewogue Warriors.

Mercer Island faced some of the toughest lacrosse teams in the country last weekend and the scorelines reflected that. On Saturday, the Islanders opened their three-game spring break road swing through New York with a 13 - 8 loss to Sachem North, followed by an 18-0 shutout by Ward Melville High School on Monday.

The high scoring Ward Melville Patriots, losers of just two games in 2011, jumped all over Mercer Island with 18 goals while blanking the Islanders through four quarters to secure their third win in a row. Ward Melville previously downed Northport and East Islip after a season-opening loss at Garden City.

Before the Islanders left for their East Coast tour, the week started on a sour note for after the team had dropped a tight 9-7 decision to rival Issaquah on March 27. Mercer Island fared well against Sachem North and managed to put up eight goals against the Flaming Arrows — more than any other Sachem North opponent. For the traditional Long Island lacrosse power, winners of 13 of 16 games in 2011, the win was their fourth straight after opening the season with a win over Archbishop Spalding and then going on to defeats of Cammack and Connetquot High Schools.

Mercer Island (6-4-0) Islanders next face Tahoma (4-3-0) in their next in-league game, Tuesday, April 10 in a 7 p.m. start at Tahoma High School.

Sachem North (NY) 13, Mercer Island 8

Ward Melville (NY) 18, Mercer Island 0

Comsewogue (NY) 14, Mercer Island 3

— Information from US Lacrosse Washington


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