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LAX marches on, kickers foul out
Spartans repeat defeat of Vikings, get closer to a state title.
It was deja vu for the Curtis Vikings Saturday.
But instead of getting beaten 22-3 last Tuesday, they lost by the score of 18-6 against the Bainbridge boys lacrosse team in a state quarterfinal playoff game.
Its the Spartans 15th straight win on the season in state play.
Casey Skelton scored off an assist from Evan Wright in the opening minutes of the first quarter, but Landon Carr came back to tie things up as he cut his way through a Spartan defense that wasnt set.
Max Olson and Sam Snow scored off an assist from Wright, but Niklas Carlstrom came back to close the gap to one.
Skelton admitted they didnt come out as intensely as they should have.
We came out lackadaisical at first, he said. It didnt feel good, and we kind of got down on ourselves but we came back and pushed it.
Assistant coach Dejon Hush gave credit to Curtis for not backing down.
Theyve played some teams really good so they thought that if they could keep close (with us), then they could have an opportunity to win. Anything can happen.
You cant make bounce passes. You gotta execute on the field.
But that was the closest Curtis ever got to Bainbridge. Wright scored off an assist from Jordan Foster after a Viking foul put them in a man down situation while Fiore Alailima scored twice (with one coming off a nice pass from Dylan Masi) and Olson put one in as he made a nice recovery while slipping in front of the goal.
Curtis scored twice in the second quarter, but Olson had a hat trick while Masi scored twice and Snow added one to put the Spartans up 13-4 at the half.
Snow scored a hat trick in the third while Clayton Knight chipped in a goal while the defense and goalie Bryce Stevenson did the rest, shutting down Curtis and keeping them from scoring until well into the fourth quarter with the game well in hand.
Our defense did well, Skelton said. I always think our defense does a good job.
All thats left is one last home game Wednesday against Garfield at 7 p.m. for the right to play either Mercer Island or Bellevue Saturday for the state championship.
But Hush isnt looking ahead.
Its the playoffs, he said. We have to come ready to play our game, not theirs, and do it 110 percent.
The Division I all-state team was recently announced and Bainbridge had the most selections to the team.
Masi, Olson, Bryan and Dayton Gilbreath all made the first team, while Jordan Foster and Casey Weisner made the second team.
Masi and Bryan Gilbreath were named as All-Americans as well.