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Girls lacrossers run the table, go 14-0

Colbi Brawner scores against Forest Ridge at Wednesday’s game. The Spartans defeated the Ravens 16-10. - Julie Busch photo
Colbi Brawner scores against Forest Ridge at Wednesday’s game. The Spartans defeated the Ravens 16-10.
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The undefeated Spartans earn a bye in the first round of the state playoffs.

One of the goals that the Bainbridge girls lacrosse team talked about before the season – after “seek unlimited potential” – was to go undefeated for the regular season.

They accomplished that goal Wednesday night as they defeated the Forest Ridge Ravens 16-10 to end the season with a 14-0 record.

Head coach Tami Tomilla said that they could finally admit that their goal of an undefeated season could be achieved – but not mentioning it was the way to go for them.

“We didn’t talk about it every day,” she said, noting that it hasn’t been done in the current incarnation of the league and has only happened twice in the history of the lacrosse program. “It’s pretty special to do it.”

Senior attacker Jane Baumgartner agreed.

“It’s the greatest feeling in the world,” she said. “I couldn’t end it (my career) any better. It’s just amazing.”

The Spartans got out in front in the first half with goals from Natalie Evans and Marley Horne.

After Colbi Brawner scored her second goal of the game to make it 5-2, the Ravens went on a 3-0 run to tie it up and worry Baumgartner a bit.

“This was our first time playing them this season, so we had no idea what to expect,” she said. “They played an excellent game. They were fun to play.”

But Tommila wasn’t panicking at all.

“The thing about playing in a game where it’s close is it’s a great opportunity for the kids to ride that ebb and flow,” she said. “They need to experience that.”

Horne made a great scoop on a ground ball that eventually led to another Evans goal. Brawner made it a hat trick when she scored just before the half.

Bainbridge broke it open in the second half by scoring four straight goals.

Baumgartner took the opening draw and worked her way around to score. Lucy Schlesser, Evans and Brawner also scored.

Raven attacker Aashima Yadav scored twice and Maddy Phillips, along with Courtney Yorozu, put balls in the net to make it 12-9, but Brawner took over, scoring two to help put the game out of reach and give her a total of seven for the game.

Evans and Baumgartner scored as well.

“Colbi is just a stud,” Tommila said. “She’s a gamer, and that kind of quality is something she will use in college.”

She also had kind words about her departing seniors in Brawner, Baumgartner, goalie Dimi Lotakis, defender Abbey Pearl and Megan Nakata, who was unable to play but helped coached the middle school team.

“All of our captains are carbon copies of each other in their desire (on the field),” she said. “I will greatly miss all of them.”

With their record, the Spartans get the number one seed and a pass to the semifinals, which means a 6:30 p.m. home game this Wednesday against Mercer Island or their opponent, which has yet to be determined at presstime.

Baumgartner said they’ll dial down on the expectation that they’ll repeat and just enjoy the time they have left with each other.

“It doesn’t feel real right now,” she said of the approaching end to their season and their prep career. “But we’re just going to keep going. We’re not stopping (for anything).”

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