Area lacrosse fans get another look at collegiate Division I competition when women’s teams from USC and Oregon meet Sunday in an exhibition at Issaquah High School at 1 p.m.
Billed as the 2013 Seatown Classic, Sunday’s contest is a follow-up to last October’s exhibition at Tukwila’s Starfire Sports Stadium between men’s teams from Maryland and Denver.
That match, a 12-9 Denver win that attracted a crowd of 3,589, was the first time two Division I teams had faced off in Washington.
USC and Oregon, along with Stanford, California and Colorado, are Pac-12 schools that sponsor varsity women’s lacrosse. It is a men’s and women’s club sport at Washington, Washington State and Seattle U.
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Collegiately, lacrosse is a spring sport that has deeper roots in the East. In May, Stanford and Denver were the only teams from west of the Mississippi to reach the 26-team NCAA women’s tournament, won by North Carolina. Stanford was eliminated in the second round. USC finished its 2013 schedule 8-10, while Oregon was 8-9.
The women’s club team at UW started in 1988 and is one of 14 teams in the Northwest Women’s Lacrosse League. UW and Western Washington are in the NWLL’s Division I, Washington State and Seattle U. in Division II. (UW and WSU men’s teams are part of the 19-team Pacific Northwest Collegiate Lacrosse League, which the Seattle U. men will join in 2014.)
Kristen Moore, a senior and two-year team captain for UW’s women, said last year’s roster included 18 players. Two practices this fall have drawn 38 players.
“Not all will stay,” she said, “but we have definitely noticed a huge increase in interest this year.”
• USC’s roster includes Eastside Catholic grad Alex Foreman
and Jacky Hennegan, a sophomore from Central Kitsap.
• According to the Washington State Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse, 10 state grads from the class of 2013 will play Division I lacrosse next spring. Cole Johnson and Dakota Jones, part of Bellevue’s state-champion boys club team, will suit up for Army. Mercer Island is sending Grant Preisler to Marquette, Hayden Reisman to St. John’s and Tyler Sherper to the Colgate women’s team. From Bainbridge, Jacob Knostman goes to Fairfield and Madeline Stevenson will play for Denver. Two Lakeside grads are bound for Brown, Peter Scott and Natalie Fox. Justin Riggins of Seattle Prep is heading to Richmond. Including NAIA teams, the state chapter calculates 55 Washington prep grads from the class of 2013 will be on college rosters next spring.