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At last – a state title

Bainbridge goalkeeper Maddy Stevenson passes the ball to a teammate with Rebecca Long (10) and Jade Blake-Whitney of Lakeside in pursuit. Stevenson had nine saves in the Spartans’ 16-8 win over the Lions Saturday at Eastside Catholic High School. - Courtesy of Sue Larkin
Bainbridge goalkeeper Maddy Stevenson passes the ball to a teammate with Rebecca Long (10) and Jade Blake-Whitney of Lakeside in pursuit. Stevenson had nine saves in the Spartans’ 16-8 win over the Lions Saturday at Eastside Catholic High School.
— image credit: Courtesy of Sue Larkin

(View a slideshow of the game here courtesy of staff writer John Becerra Jr. and team photographer Sue Larkin. For more about Sue, visit her website.)

The Bainbridge girls’ lacrosse team defeats Lakeside in the finals for its first state title since 2005.

SAMMAMISH – Finally, after five years of losing to the Lakeside Lions in the state championship game, the Bainbridge girls’ lacrosse team finally brought the trophy back to the island.

Behind the strong performance of the Spartan offense and a standout performance by sophomore goalkeeper Maddy Stevenson, Bainbridge defeated Lakeside 16-8 in the state championship game at Eastside Catholic High School to win its first title since 2005.

It is also the first time since 2004 that the team has gone undefeated.

“There were some rough moments,” senior co-captain Jaclyn Biggers said. “But I was completely confident that if we played our best game we were going to win.”

The Spartans started the game off much like their last matchup with the Lions April 13 when they went on a 9-0 run after Lakeside scored the first two goals. This time they went on an 8-0 run to start the game.

Bea Sheffer took the opening draw control and scored. Biggers repeated the feat seconds later.

Kelsey Mackin and Emma Entress followed with goals while Theo Fehsenfeld scored off a free position shot. Lakeside called a time out to slow the momentum, but Fehsenfeld scored and assisted on a score by Hanna Knostman while Grace Deery-Schmitt scored off an assist by Entress.

“They were fired up in the locker room,” head coach Tami Tommila said. “They were mentally tough. They were ready to go and it really showed on the field.”

Kaylee Best scored for Lakeside to break the run, but Mackin and Biggers countered with goals.

“That run set the tone,” Biggers said. “Coming out and proving we could get goals, that was huge for us.”

On the defensive end, Stevenson kept the Lions from getting back into the game with her strong play in goal. She was credited for nine saves, but Stevenson also had several deflections as well.

“It’s easy to have a good game when you’re supported by the rest of your team,” Stevenson said. “My defense killed it – they were looking for where the ball was and stayed focused the entire time.”

Biggers raved about Stevenson’s performance.

“That was the most unbelievable game I’ve seen a goalie play,” she said.

Sheffer, Biggers and Fehsenfeld scored to open the second half and send the lead to double digits. Mackin added another goal off an assist from Biggers.

But when Deery-Schmitt and Biggers were yellow carded, the Lions went on a run to cut the lead down, but it was not enough.

“When we got carded that gave them an opportunity so of course they’re going to take advantage of it,” Tommila said. “But when we started running out the clock with four minutes left I knew we were done.”

Video of the game will be for sale at gametapes.com and available on demand through Comcast Xfinity for all Comcast subscribers.

The All-American and Division I all-state teams were announced and Bainbridge was well represented with six selections, the most out of any team in the state.

Biggers took home another first team All-American nod.

It is her second straight All-American selection, making her the first Bainbridge girls’ lacrosse player to achieve that feat.

She also made the first team as a midfielder for the third straight year.

Stevenson was a first team all-state selection in goal while Deery-Schmitt and Moniz were selected as first-team defenders.

Mackin was a first team selection in the midfield.

Knostman was a second team selection in attack.

Bainbridge finished with a record of 14-0.


 

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