Eastside Catholic senior Michael Rambaldini, Providence Classical Christian sophomore Caleb Moisant, Bainbridge High senior Jaclyn Biggers and Eastlake High junior Marlena Masterleo were named by US Lacrosse as Washington High School Players of the Week for the week of April 11 – 17.
The US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week in Boys and Girls Division I and II is selected based on exceptional performance and sportsmanship on the field of play by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. The award is presented weekly by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse and the Washington Stealth.
The players of the week are jointly honored by US Lacrosse and the Washington Stealth professional lacrosse franchise in Everett. To learn more about the US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week visit www.StealthLAX.com.
Boys Division I
Mercer Island, Wash. – Senior, Midfield, Eastside Catholic School
Eastside Catholic midfielder Michael Rambaldini scored 12 points, including 11 goals and 1 assist in the Crusaders’ Division I lacrosse wins over Lynnwood and rival Skyline. The 5-11, 150 pound senior from Mercer Island scored 6 goals in Eastside Catholic’s 21 – 4 defeat over Lynnwood, last year’s Division II state champion, and two days later, netted 5 goals as the Crusaders defeated Sammamish rival Skyline 22 – 19. During the week, his combined 15 ground balls, powered the potent Crusader offense, racking-up a total of 43 goals.
Rambaldini has four years high school lacrosse experience and was elected captain of the Eastside Catholic squad as a junior and senior. A highly versatile athlete, Rambaldini was named captain of the Crusaders’ basketball squad as a senior and captain of the JV squad as a sophomore. As a junior and senior he was named to the school’s scholar athlete award for both lacrosse and basketball.
In the classroom, the three-year National Honor Society selectee maintains a 3.82 GPA through a rigorous schedule of advanced placement and honors course work. Through hard work and dedication in the classroom he received the school’s Academic First Honors from 2008 – 2011, was named to the school’s Basketball Scholar Athlete Award as a junior and senior and received Student of the Month honors as a freshman and junior. His on-campus achievements include serving as DECA vice president as a junior, Eastside Catholic Mentor Representative as a sophomore and junior, Freshman Overnight Retreat leader and Destiny Retreat Leader, both as a senior. He is also a member of the school’s Crusader Life Club and Fishing Club.
In the community, Rambaldini has completed over 150 hours of community service including work with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation where he raised over $50,000. Following graduation, Rambaldini plans to study at either one of the Claremont Colleges in California or the University of Washington.
Rambaldini is the second Eastside Catholic student to earn US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week honors in 2011. The Crusaders’ Alex Foreman was named Girls Division I player of the week for the week of March 28 – April 3.
Boys Division II
Lynnwood, Wash. – Sophomore, Attack, Providence Classical Christian School
Providence Classical Christian School sophomore Caleb Moisant scored 10 goals, an assist and grabbed 5 ground balls to help the Lynnwood-based school rack-up a total of 37 goals in Division II wins over Everett and Snohomish. In the Highlander’s 24 – 1 defeat of Everett, the attackman netted 5 goals, an assist and grabbed 3 ground balls. Two days later, he scored another 5 in a 13 – 6 win over Snohomish.
Moisant has established a 3.65 GPA while playing lacrosse and soccer and acting in the drama club at the tiny Lynnwood school of just 189 students. A lacrosse player since the fourth grade, the 5-9, 135 pound Moisant has excelled on the field of play with quick feet and a knack for finding the ball. With Moisant in the lacrosse lineup, the Highlanders are 7-0-1 for second place in the Cascade Division, behind his 28 goals and 24 ground ball steals.
In soccer, Moisant helped guide Providence to the 2010 WIAA state 2B championship as a sophomore and was named the tournament’s MVP as a striker. With the crown, Providence became the first 1B school ever to win the 1B/2B state title.
Active in drama, Moisant was cast as the villain-thief Monsieur Thénardier in the school’s 2011 spring production of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables. The play’s cast included four boys from the 17-member Highlander lacrosse team.
Apart from his studies, Moisant has an interest in passing his athletic skills on to younger lacrosse and soccer players. As a freshman, he put on a mini-camp for a local Under 12 select soccer team. Following college, Moisant hopes to pursue a career in business.
Girls Division I
Bainbridge Island, Wash. – Senior, Center, Bainbridge High School
Bainbridge High School senior Jaclyn Biggers led the Spartans to 17 points during the week including 12 goals, 4 assists and 5 ground balls in wins over defending state champion Lakeside and Seattle Prep. In Bainbridge’s 18 – 12 defeat of five-time defending titlist Lakeside, Biggers buried 8 goals in her rival’s net and contributed 2 assists and 3 ground balls to avenge the Spartans loss in the 2010 state championship game. Two days later, Biggers scored 5 goals, and delivered 2 assists and 2 ground balls as high flying Bainbridge buried Seattle Prep 18 – 3.
With a 3.85 GPA, Biggers is a two-year member of the National Honor Society at Bainbridge High School. The senior captain is a three-year letterwinner and has started every game since her freshman year. For her efforts, she was selected First Team All-America and First Team All-State as a junior and Second Team All-State as a sophomore. In each of her three years of eligibility, she was selected to the Washington State Regional Team.
In the community, Biggers and her team-mates contribute their time to a local jog-a-thon and carnival, which raised funds for the local Ordway Elementary School. She also volunteers as a local youth soccer and lacrosse coach.
Biggers, who receive US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week honors twice in 2010, has signed a national letter of intent to play collegiate lacrosse at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California on a Division I NCAA scholarship.
Biggers is the second Bainbridge student to receive US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week honors in 2011. The Spartans’ Bea Sheffer was honored for her play during the week of April 4 – 10.
Girls Division II
Sammamish, Wash. – Junior, Midfield, Eastlake High School (Lake Sammamish)
Eastlake High School junior Marlena Masterleo scored 8 points including 7 goals, an assist in Lake Sammamish wins over North Kitsap and Lake Tapps. Along with goals in the net, the midfielder grabbed 2 ground balls and commandeered 7 draws to set the table for an offense that outscored its opponents 34 – 9 during the week.
A lacrosse athlete since the sixth grade, Masterleo is passionate about passing her skills and good sportsmanship to the next generation of high school lacrosse players, coaching a newly formed second grade Eastside girls team and refereeing youth lacrosse games.
Along with lacrosse, she is a decorated track and field athlete, cross country runner and even competed on the boys wrestling team as a freshman. As the anchor on Eastlake’s 4 X 400 meter relay team, she won the Lake Washington district championship her freshman year and her cross country team won the Lake Washington district championship in her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. As a sophomore she was invited to the Nike Cross County Pre-Nationals in Boise, Idaho.
In her brief wrestling career, Masterleo grappled at the 110 lb. weight class, finishing the season 2-8-0 and earning a trip to the Lake Washington district championships.
In the classroom, Masterleo maintains a 3.20 GPA at Eastlake and is involved in both DECA and Key Club. In the community, Masterleo was selected to a Teens in Public Service Internship during the summer of her sophomore year. Along with completing the program’s volunteer service at the Seattle Ronald McDonald House, Masterleo spent her 16th birthday hosting a dinner for families at the Seattle facility. Her work also includes service with the Teens in Public Service alumni and internship selection committees. For her work, she was recently featured in Parent Map Magazine http://www.parentmap.com/giving-back/teaching-giving/two-nonprofits-that-empower-teens
About the US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week
The US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week in Boys and Girls Division I and II is selected based on exceptional performance and sportsmanship on the field of play by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association. The award is presented weekly by the Washington State Chapter of US Lacrosse and the Washington Stealth. To learn more about US Lacrosse Washington High School Player of the Week visit www.StealthLAX.com
About High School Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the US and in Washington state has experienced double-digit annual growth throughout the past decade. With a 33-year local history, more than 4,000 students attending over 100 WIAA schools now make up 154 individual boys and girls Varsity and JV teams across eastern and western Washington. Governed by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association, the sport is played during a nine-week spring season capped by annual boys and girls state championships in late May. To learn more about lacrosse in Washington or to receive daily high school results, visit USLAX-WA.org or become a fan on facebook . To learn more about the history, traditions and values of lacrosse, college opportunities available to students, and the 21 US states now sanctioning high school lacrosse, visit USLacrosse.org.