Spartans dominate Skyline in home win

(Clockwise from left) Garrett Lund fights for a loose ball with Skyline’s Brandon Schrouf; Kevin Nguyen tries to get past Skyline’s Daniel ‘Haps’ Seil, Riley Gervais and Andrew Johnson; Evan Wright scored four times in the 16-4 win. - Brad Camp/Staff Photos
(Clockwise from left) Garrett Lund fights for a loose ball with Skyline’s Brandon Schrouf; Kevin Nguyen tries to get past Skyline’s Daniel ‘Haps’ Seil, Riley Gervais and Andrew Johnson; Evan Wright scored four times in the 16-4 win.
— image credit: Brad Camp/Staff Photos

No matter how many defenders are taken away from the Bainbridge boys’ lacrosse team, they can still stop opponents from scoring.

That fact became clear during Wednesday night’s 16-4 win over the Skyline Spartans in a WHSBLA Division I state semifinal game at Memorial Stadium.

Bainbridge was in a two-man down situation early in the fourth quarter when Dayton Gilbreath and Bjorn Ostenson were in the box due to penalties.

But even without them, Dugan McDermott made a big play when he made a steal and quickly dumped Casey Weisner the ball, which after two more passes was fired to Evan Wright in front of the cage for an easy goal. Zach Ingrasci got credit for the assist.

The win puts Bainbridge (20-2) in place for its second straight state title and 12th title overall at 1 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium at Seattle Center when they play Issaquah.

“We tell them to peak at the right time and I think the kids understand that,” co-head coach Dejon Hush said.

“Coach tells us to play every game like it’s a state championship,” Trent Burroughs said.

Jordan Foster opened the scoring with one of his patented fake-pass shots that threw off the Skyline defense to get some open space.

After a illegal substitution penalty was called on Skyline, Bainbridge quickly took advantage of the man down situation as Ostenson put in a nice underhanded shot off an assist from Sam Snow.

Bainbridge kept Skyline from getting anything going, even with Bryce Stevenson delivering a hard check on a Skyline player that got him flagged and sent to the penalty box.

“That was my first penalty,” Stevenson said with a laugh. “I was surprised at that one.”

Cole Sahleen came in goal and helped Bainbridge kill the penalty.

Austin Rogers scored in the second quarter to give Skyline a bit of momentum, but Foster made sure they wouldn’t take over the game as he won the face off and quickly got the ball to Snow for the score.

That sparked a 6-0 run by Bainbridge as Snow later scored on a fluke when his shot somehow got through a Skyline defender and goalkeeper Daniel ‘Haps’ Seil for the goal.

Kevin Nguyen added a score as did Max Olson off an assist from Snow.

Burroughs then made a great play when he picked up a ground ball near the Bainbridge goal and went coast to coast for the score and a personal milestone.

“That was my first goal in high school,” he said. “I was pretty proud of that one.”

Snow rounded out the scoring with a goal off an assist from Garrett Lund.

Evan Wright opened the second half with a score, but Skyline took advantage of a man down situation on Bainbridge to score as Austin Strand put one in off an assist from Lachlan Murphy.

Foster wasn’t to be denied as he scored two straight to end the third quarter, pulling off more fakes to lose his defender and score.

Hush felt that Foster was motivated to show he was better than his selection to the all-state second team.

“He wants to prove he’s a dominant player,” he said. “He’s a workhorse – not just on offense, but playing defense and on faceoffs.”

But Foster said he can’t take all the credit for his success.

“I feel bad because Evan (Wright) does what I do and he doesn’t get enough credit,” he said. “On some of my plays I think he should get an assist or some kind of point” to show he contributed.

Foster also didn’t want to get upset over where he went for the all-state team.

“It’s what happens,” he said. “I was hoping for some different players (to be selected) like Garrett (Lund) or Kevin (Nguyen).”

After Wright’s goal off the two-man down situation, he added two more off assists from Lund and Olson, respectively, with the latter goal coming off a great spin shot.

Foster put another score in while Sam Deery-Schmitt scored on a left-handed shot to round out the scoring.

The All-American and all-state selections were announced this week and Bainbridge is well represented.

Gilbreath was selected as an All-American along with Garfield’s Caldwell Rohrbach and Issaquah’s Travis Wright.

Gilbreath was also an all-state first team selection on defense.

Snow was a first team selection on attack while Olson was a first team selection on the midfield.

Stevenson was named the first team goalkeeper.

Along with Foster, Wright, Weisner and Burroughs were second-team selections.

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