Katie Bucy got a second chance and made the most of it, scoring the game winner Friday with under a minute remaining to give Issaquah an 11-10 victory over Lake Sammamish and its first Washington high school girls state lacrosse championship at Islander Stadium on Mercer Island.
Bucy, a Skyline High School senior who will play next year at Missouri’s Lindenwood University, delivered the winner on a free-position shot after a goal just seconds earlier was disallowed on a shooting-space violation.
“That’s the biggest goal ever,” Bucy said while celebrating with teammates from Skyline, Issaquah and Liberty High Schools. “It was hit or miss, and this one was a hit.”
The shot beat Lake Sammamish goaltender and Eastlake freshman Kristene Nickel low and to the left. Opposite of where she wanted to go with the shot.
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“I wanted to hit her top right but coach said go opposite. Opposite of normal,” Bucy said. “You have to listen and have confidence.”
For Lake Sammamish, which draws from the Northshore and Lake Washington School districts, the game was a disappointment after falling the previous two seasons in the state title game to Bainbridge and the Lakeside School.
“Our seniors fought so hard for this one,” said Lake Sammamish coach Tony D’Alessio, one of the winningest coaches in Washington state with 64 wins and just 14 losses in his fourth season leading the Lake Sammamish program.
“You knew it was going to come down to whoever had the ball last,” he said.
Suzy Emerson led Issaquah with five goals and three draw controls, while Nicole Victory and Meg Corscaden each had two.
Lake Sammamish was led by Sarah Wryrick with three goals and two assists and Alexandra Johnson with three goals and one assist.
From Mike McQuaid, sports information director US Lacrosse, Washington state chapter.