Lacrossers head to state final

Spartan lacrosse announcer Tom Kelly could have looped a recording and played it back over the Memorial Stadium speaker system Wednesday night for the state semifinals, because over and over, it was the same spiel.

“Kyle Lane stopped by Alex Jacques. Lane, stopped by Jacques. Jacques stops Lane.”

With a commanding 14-0 Bainbridge lead against Lakeside, and just over two minutes to play in the fourth period, it was looking like the Spartan netminder was going to get his first shutout.

But wouldn’t you know it -- the Lions finally got one by him. And it was Lane.

“I’m cursed on it,” said a smiling Jacques. “We were a man down, and it was a nice bounce shot to the top right corner of the net.”

It took the undefeated Spartans the better part of the first period to get the ball off the ground and settle into a passing groove, but once they did, they were unstoppable.

A failed Lakeside clearing attempt left Scott Burkland in perfect position at the top of the crease -- and with a quick pass from Robert Vasta, Burkland buried a shot in the back of the net to ignite the Spartan scoring.

And with Bainbridge averaging more than 15 points per game, it certainly didn’t stop there.

Andy Kelly snapped up an uncontrolled rebound from Lakeside goaltender Nick Crowson and shoveled it in to make the score 2-0 with 5:30 left in the first.

With four seconds remaining in the opening period, Sam Cameron scored his first goal of the game. And again at 6:42 in the third quarter. And again three minutes later.

Cameron recorded his ninth hat trick of the season with the unassisted tally. Then, adding insult to injury -- and bringing the score to 12-0 -- Cameron whipped a behind-the-back shot into the net for goal number four.

Spencer Evans and Joe Picha seemed to share a telepathic bond on the field, with each finding the other for five of the Spartan goals.

Evans scored three for his sixth hat trick of the season, Kelly scored twice, and David Vanderhoek, Vasta and Burkland all had single goals.

Head coach Jack Visco’s parting words to his team Wednesday night left every Spartan with a smile.

“Welcome to the big dance.”

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The Spartans will face a familiar foe in Mercer Island, who are 0-2 against Bainbridge this season, at the State finals tonight at 8 p.m. at Seahawks Stadium.

At 9 a.m. today, Bainbridge and Queen Anne boys lacrosse clubs go head-to-head in the Middle School State Championship. Bainbridge topped Vashon 6-5 to advance to the finals.

Following the boys game, four Bainbridge middle school girls play on an Honors team.

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