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San Juan advances to semi-final; five Dragons named to All-Conference Team | Lacrosse

San Juan senior attackman Ryan Guard (23) and senior midfielder Michael Ausilio (5) are among five Dragons named to the All-Skagit Conference lacrosse team. Dragons comprise more than one-third of the All-Conference team. - Richard Walker / May 15, 2010
San Juan senior attackman Ryan Guard (23) and senior midfielder Michael Ausilio (5) are among five Dragons named to the All-Skagit Conference lacrosse team. Dragons comprise more than one-third of the All-Conference team.
— image credit: Richard Walker / May 15, 2010

The San Juan Dragons reached new heights in their history Saturday, defeating Roosevelt 7-2 to advance to the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association Division II semifinals for the first time ever.

In addition, five Dragons have been named to the All-Skagit Conference team: Senior midfielder Michael Ausilio, senior midfielder Forest Dayton, senior attackman Ryan Guard, senior goalie Calen Mehrer, and senior defender Brady Sundberg.

Ausilio is first in groundballs (129) in the six-conference, 29-team Division II. Guard is fourth in goals (38) and eighth in assists (16). Mehrer is fourth in save percentage (.684).

Dayton returned to the San Juan lineup Saturday to lead the Dragons with a two-goal, three-assist performance in the quarterfinal playoff at Friday Harbor High School.

With the win, San Juan (13-2 overall) advances to Wednesday’s semifinal with Lake Washington (15-2 overall) in Kirkland. If they win that game, the Dragons face Lynnwood (15-2 overall) or Wenatchee (15-1 overall) May 29 in Seattle Memorial Stadium in the state championship game.

At home on Saturday, San Juan led from start to finish as stellar defensive play by Sundberg and fellow senior defenders Anci Melic and Niko Roiko made the difference. Ausilio had 12 ground balls and Mehrer had 10 saves at the goal.

Roosevelt’s Michael Bennett and Connor McCarthy scored the only goals for the Roughriders. After finishing second in the Metro Conference and defeating Redmond in the opening round of the playoffs, Roosevelt closed out its season at 11-6-0.

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS: San Juan 7, Roosevelt 2. San Juan: Forest Dayton, 2 goals, 3 assists; Ryan Guard, 2 goals, 1 assist; Kyle Skoog, 2 goals; Westin Hedin, 1 goal; Calen Mehrer, 10 saves. Roosevelt: Michael Bennett, 1 goal, 1 assist; Connor McCarthy, 1 goal; Kevin Ault, 4 saves.

DRAGONS 2010 SEASON
Wins in bold
-- March 19: San Juan 6 at Lynnwood 12
-- March 20: Skagit Valley 5 at San Juan 15
-- March 23: San Juan 7 at Stanwood 6 (OT)
-- March 27: Whatcom 6 at San Juan 9
-- April 14: San Juan 9 at Woodinville 4
-- April 17: Providence 7 at San Juan 17
-- April 21: San Juan 15 at Silver Lake 2

-- April 24: Snohomish 10 at San Juan 9 (OT)
-- April 27: San Juan 13 at North County 5
-- April 29: San Juan 6 at Skagit Valley 5
-- May 1: Stanwood 4 at San Juan 8
-- May 4: San Juan 12 at Whatcom 4
-- May 8: North County 4 at San Juan 15
-- May 15: Gig Harbor 5 at San Juan 21
-- May 22: Roosevelt 2 at San Juan 7
-- May 26: San Juan at Lake Washington

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