Lacrosse blows out Preppies

If the Bainbridge girls lacrosse team can dominate teams the way they did against Seattle Prep, they’ll be in good shape to return to the state championship game.

After going 2-5 on their trip to Maryland last week, the Spartans soundly defeated the Panthers 19-1 Wednesday.

Attacker Jane Baumgartner and midfielder Colbi Brawner led the way, scoring 10 of the team’s goals.

“That’s why they’re captains,” head coach Tami Tommila said. “That comes from years of playing together and motivating each other.”

Both Bainbridge and Prep had trouble getting their footing on a muddy field, but once the Spartans caught their balance, the goals came pouring in the first half.

Brawner started it off with a goal in the fourth minute, then she, Jane and her younger sister Sally combined to score the next nine of Bainbridge’s 12 goals in the first half.

Mariah Walk added two goals and Marley Horne scored as well. Walk’s second one came off some nice passes and just before the half, while Brawner had a shot at another one, but the ball hit the left post of the goal as time ran out.

Seattle Prep had some chances but were turned away by the Bainbridge defense of Abbey Pearl, Rachel Harmon and Erin Gulbranson or stopped by goalie Dimi Lotakis.

Even after she was called for a penalty for obstruction in the crease – twice – Lotakis was able to get her stick in front of the Prep player in time to knock the ball away as the shot was taken.

She allowed her only goal late in the second half.

“The reason it stayed a donut (shutout) so long was my defense. They were rockin’,” Lotakis said. “I think after we took this trip to Maryland they know how to keep their position against good teams, because (playing them) makes you better.”

The Spartans played not just great teams, but some of the top-ranked teams in the country last week. After losing to St. Paul’s on Friday, they played three private schools in the Betty Hallmark Play Day, losing to their host school Severn and Collegiate, but defeating Columbia out of New Jersey and the Glenelg County School on Sunday before leaving.

Their next home game is against Bellevue March 29th.

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