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BHS JV lacrosse wins state title

The Bainbridge High girls JV lacrosse team gathers around their trophy after winning the state title against Mercer Island. - Cindy Flynn photo
The Bainbridge High girls JV lacrosse team gathers around their trophy after winning the state title against Mercer Island.
— image credit: Cindy Flynn photo

Winning state championships is becoming a Bainbridge Island pastime.

Along with the big win of their varsity counterparts, Bainbridge High School’s JV lacrosse team also returned home triumphant this year with a state championship trophy.

“The reason they won out in the end is because they played as a team and were unselfish with the ball,” said Spartan coach Lisa Hill.

“They were a very mature team. They played like seasoned veterans. They were astonishing,” she said.

The Spartans finished the season with a 10-2 record.

But the achievement wasn’t easy.

This year’s state championship took the JV team to Harvey Airfield in Snohomish, to play under the sun in 85-degree heat.

A game under such conditions can be trying on any team, but the island girls had to play not one game for the title, but six, in two days.

“They showed some amazing stamina,” Hill said.

With only an hour between games to hydrate and rest, the team continued to run out onto the field and meet their opponents.

They seeded fourth after the first day of games.

On the second day they knocked down Lake Sammamish, then Issaquah before taking on Mercer Island.

Bainbridge then beat Mercer 10-6.

It was a good end to the rocky road to the state final.

Hill noted that this year’s JV lacrosse team was young and had to learn to work together.

“It was almost all freshmen,” Hill said. “It was a tough road to begin, our season was up and down.”

Even so, the team came together.

“Through it all they were very poised and worked very hard regardless of what the competition was like,” Hill said.

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