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Girls’ lacrosse to play Lakeside one more time
Spartans outlast Issaquah 13-12 in state semifinal.
Grace Deery-Schmitt said there was only one thing on her mind on the toss faceoff.
“I was thinking ‘I have to get the ball – I have to do my job,’” she said. “Just focus.”
The defensive winger did her job by winning the toss with 27 seconds left to make sure the Bainbridge girls’ lacrosse team could run out the clock and advance to another state title game.
The Spartans outlasted the Issaquah Eagles 13-12 Wednesday night at Memorial Stadium to make its eighth straight Division I finals appearance.
They will take on arch rival Lakeside for the sixth straight year in the title bout.
Bainbridge got off to a good start as Deery-Schmitt scored twice while Kelsey Mackin and Jaclyn Biggers each tallied a goal.
But Katie Mincin, Robin Ringman and Jacqueline Marber scored to keep the Eagles in the game.
Biggers answered with two more goals before the half, but Sophie Schiefelbein and Mincin scored early in the second half to cut the lead to one.
On the following draw control, Emma Entress won it and raced down the field to score, sparking a 5-0 run by the Spartans as Biggers scored twice while Hanna Knostman and Mackin scored as well.
Emily Mincin got the Eagles back into it with two goals as Bainbridge was whistled for numerous fouls.
Liana Olson and Biggers were also cautioned, allowing Issaquah to take advantage with a 5-1 run of its own.
Schiefelbein scored twice while Emily Mincin scored with 54 seconds left to give Issaquah a shot at the upset.
The Eagles won the draw control and got a free position shot, but both teams were called for offside. That gave Deery-Schmitt the chance she needed to make the game-saving play to put Bainbridge in the finals.
“It’s a great experience to go through in the semifinal instead of the final,” head coach Tami Tommila said. “But we played sloppy and we have to fix that for the Lakeside game.”
John Becerra Jr./Staff Photo
Jaclyn Biggers puts a shot on goal during Bainbridge's 13-12 win over Issaquah in a Division I state semifinal game at Memorial Stadium.