Lacrossers like taste of perfection

"It was the perfect end to a perfect season.Friday night at Mercer Stadium, the Bainbridge girls' lacrosse team put the final punctuation on a 16-0 season with a 12-9 win over defending champion Overlake, giving the Spartans the state title that has eluded them for the last three years.This gives our girls the respect they deserve, coach Tami Tommila said. Some of the players have heard a lot about how you always go to state finals, but you always lose, referring to the Sparts' final or semi-final losses each of the last three years.This one was never in doubt. Bainbridge jumped out to a 7-1 lead, held an 8-3 margin at halftime, then cruised home. Everybody got to play, Tommila said. They all have a piece of this one.The record will show that Ashley Pedersen paced the offense with six goals, and Lindsay Newlon added four more.What the record doesn't show, Tommila said, is how Alana Martinez and Jessica Spivey shut down Overlake's top two offensive players. Or how Rebecca Williamson scored only one goal, but occupied Overlake's top defender, giving Pedersen room for her big night.The team followed the game plan perfectly, Tommila said. They played their roles successfully.Offensively, they played the smartest game I've seen them play ever. They recognized and got out of traps. And defensively, their coach said they felt trapped in midfield throughout the game.Senior tri-captain Martinez said that in fact, the title game was something of an anti-climax, especially compared to the semifinal against Forest Ridge, where Bainbridge was down 3-0 before taking control for a 6-4 win.The Forest Ridge game was the first one we were behind, Martinez said. The others, including the championship game, we dominated so much that as a defensive player, I hung out in back and didn't do too much.Martinez's only disappointment in the championship game was the deferral of a trophy presentation.I was bummed that Overlake didn't bring the trophy to the game, she said. Last year, the trophy was sitting there at the game for everybody to see it.Senior tri-captain Erika Holsman said that teamwork is what put the 2000 edition of the Spartans over the top.The last couple of years we've had some really good players, but all the pressure has been on a couple of stars. This year, everyone is good, she said.Spivey, the third tri-captain, had begun to take the past years' failures personally.I started playing freshman year. I felt like I was jinxing the team because we won every year before I started playing.Tommila had been expressing her confidence in this team for several weeks, and she said again Monday that she saw the championship coming.There's a certain look in the players' eyes, a confidence in themselves and their teammates. When I started seeing that, I knew this team would be successful.Tommila reserved some of the credit for the perfect season to the support system that helps the lacrosse club, which, unlike varsity teams, receives no school financing.She singled out Neal White, Bainbridge High School athletic director, and athletic department secretary Mary Sue Silver for their help, as well as the field maintenance crew, which she said has performed admirably on a tight budget.She also credited Linda Newlon and Ellen Bush of the club's support organizations, and Laurie Usher, who coached the C team and helped with both the varsity and junior varsity.Earlier Friday evening, the lacrosse junior varsity also bagged a state title, beating Mercer Island by a score of 14-7. That game began as a see-saw affair, but Bainbridge pulled away and completely dominated the latter stages of the game, holding the hosts scoreless in the second half.Eliza Davison, Kathryn Bergh, Caitlin Holliday and Mallory Mihara set the tone on offense, while the defensive standouts included Ashley Deline and Christen Faltermeier. Amy Harrington was in the goal the first half before giving way to Sandra Corpuz."

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