Connor Bernal scored 4 goals to lead to its 17th win of the season with a 19 – 5 boys high school lacrosse victory over rival Lake Washington, Tuesday at .
The win cemented the regular season Northeast Conference title for the Islanders who head into Friday’s season finale with Skyline riding a nine-game winning streak. The Islanders haven’t lost since dropping a 9 – 5 decision April 8 against East Coast powerhouse Concord-Carlisle during their spring break road swing through Massachusetts.
Lake Washington dropped to fifth place after Eastside Catholic, who was tied with the Kangs heading into Tuesday’s game, defeated Mukilteo 15 – 4 at Kamiak High School.
With his 4 goals and 2 assists, Bernal has compiled 38 goals on the season. The senior also grabbed 7 ground balls to lead the Islander defense. The Islanders’ Tucker Vassau had 6 saves in goal. For the Kangs, Jake Bernstein had 2 goals and Jonah Friedl had 14 saves in goal.
Mercer Island Lacrosse celebrated 13 seniors before a home crowd that was enjoying the sunshine, the festivities and even a couple of Prom invitations at half-time. Parents received roses and lacrosse balls signed by all 13 seniors: Brian Bernstein, Dylan Bohlinger, TJ Blackburn, Ryan Blumenstein, Peter Iani, T. Claes Johnson, Colton Knebel, Doug Mahoney, Alex Medlock, Alex Rorem, Mathew Shields, Teddy Trimble and Tucker Vassau.
Mercer Island (17-2-0) concludes its regular season against Skyline (10-8-0), Friday, May 13 in an 8 p.m. start at Skyline High School in Sammamish. Lake Washington (9-7-0) concludes its regular season against Bellevue (13-4-0), Friday, May 13 in an 8 p.m. start at Bellevue High School.
SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: Mercer Island 19, Lake Washington 5 (Connor Bernal, MI, 4 goals 2 assists, 7 ground balls; Doug Mahony, MI, 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Colton Knebel, MI, 3 goals, 1 assist; Alex Robbs, MI, 3 goals; Tucker Vassau, MI, 6 saves; Jake Bernstein, LW, 2 goals; Hank Schmale, LW, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Jonah Friedl, LW, 14 saves).