The championship-winning Queen Anne Warriors 7/8 team. Photo courtesy of Eric Cohen
The Queen Anne Warriors’ seventh- and eighth-grades lacrosse team won the CitySideLax 7/8 Boy’s Lacrosse League Championship on Nov. 10 at Garfield Field. The team, which finished 5-1 during the regular season, came out strong in the playoffs, winning 8-0 in its semifinal and 9-3 in the championship game.
CitySideLax, the organizer of the fall league, has deep roots on Queen Anne. Founder Drew Snider, who grew up in the neighborhood, was a player on the first Queen Anne 7/8 lacrosse team back in 2002, with his father, Kris Snider, as coach. The younger Snider went on to become a high school All-American, a standout player at the University of Maryland drafted into Major League Lacrosse (MLL) and, this year, an MLL All-Star playing for the Denver Outlaws. He was recently named varsity head lacrosse coach at O’Dea.
CitySide includes Snider’s MLL teammate Chris O’Dougherty (head coach at Eastlake High School), and Sam Hutson, recently named varsity head coach at Skyline High School.
This is the first year CitySideLax has organized a fall league, but plans are being made for expanding lacrosse opportunities for Seattle youths as the sport continues to grow.
The regular season for lacrosse is in the spring, and the Warriors, 6-4 last year with a young team, will look to improve and hope to participate in post-season play next June.
Queen Anne Lacrosse fields teams at the third- and fourth-grade level, the fifth- and sixth-grade level and the seventh- and eighth-grade level. Practices begin in February, and spring registration is currently open. For more information, visit www.qalacrosse.org or www.citysidelax.com.