Lacrosse girls pound way to 12-3 victory

 Spartan Colbi Brawner sizes up the opponents’ goal during the Spartans’ 12-3 home win over Lakeside Monday evening. - JIM BRYANT photo
Spartan Colbi Brawner sizes up the opponents’ goal during the Spartans’ 12-3 home win over Lakeside Monday evening.
— image credit: JIM BRYANT photo

A second-half burst paces the Spartans to a commanding win over Lakeside.

The girls Bainbridge lacrosse team opened its season facing down tough Metro foes in the newly aligned West division of the A-league, and host the best from the east in Overlake at 6 p.m. tonight.

Monday, the Spartans were challenged by undefeated Lakeside, but prevailed 12-3 on a six-goal, second-half explosion.

“The final score is not indicative of how well they played,” coach Tammy Tommila said. “In the first half, they came out and really put a lot of pressure on us. We were uncomfortable for the first 20 minutes.”

When Kate Okrasinski and Emily Cramer pulled the Lions to within 4-2, Bainbridge called upon a full-field run by Kathryn Bachen, who put in one of her three goals just before the halftime horn.

When Natalie Evans made it 6-3 early in the second half, Lakeside’s Tess Eisenhardt mimicked Bachen’s run, scoring one of only eight goals allowed by Spartan goalkeeper, Dimi Lotakis, in three games this season.

“I told the girls it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” Tomilla said. “They came out in the second half on fire.”

Midfielders Annie Kent, Christen Toepel and team scoring leader Alex Winnicki each scored two goals. Toepel joined Lindsay Lund and Grace Davis to lead with four ground balls apiece.

Lotakis saved eight of 11 shots Lakeside managed against the sturdy defense and active midfield of Bainbridge (3-0).

The Lions’ two goalkeepers faced 30 Spartan shots, combining for 17 saves.

The final 10 minutes was all Bainbridge as they pulled away with the five unanswered goals.

“We really worked to shut them down in the midfield,” Toepel said. “To be really great, you have to have a lot of people who can do the job. We didn’t have two of our seniors so you have to fill in and we got that.”

Colbi Brawner dished to Winnicki for number 11 to put the game out of reach with less than two minutes remaining.

Jane Baumgartner capped the evening, picking up a ground ball along the nearside at midfield, dashing into the attacking zone where she fed Brawner for a dazzling spin-around score and the final margin.

This evening’s 6 p.m. game against Overlake is the final tune-up before the girls travel to Palo Alto, Calif., April 1-3 for the Western States Tournament to start their spring break.

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