Spartans fall to state champs in boys lacrosse opener

Jacob Knostman pressures the Bellevue goal during the Spartans
Jacob Knostman pressures the Bellevue goal during the Spartans' season-opener against the defending 3A state champs.
— image credit: Brian Kelly / Bainbridge Island Review

Bellevue broke free from a back-and-forth battle to beat Bainbridge 14-6 in the Spartans' lacrosse opener.

Jacob Knostman scored first for Bainbridge at the 9:00 mark in the first, but Bellevue answered on its next possession in just over a minute of play to knot the score at 1-1.

The Wolverines pulled ahead 2-1 halfway through the first quarter, and it didn't last. The Spartans evened the game at 2-2 with 2:43 remaining.

With 1:26 remaining in the first stanza, however, Bellevue started to pull away for good and scored the first of five unanswered goals before the intermission. Two of the goals came just before the break; Cole Johnson scored his third goal — he finished with six on the night — with 38 seconds left in the quarter. Bellevue then won the face-off and Joe Finnell nailed the net with three seconds left in the quarter for a 7-2 advantage.

The state champions improved to 8-2 at the start of the third and added another three goals to lead 11-4 going into the fourth.

The Wolverines outscored the Spartans 3-2 in the fourth to ice the win.

Knostman paced the Spartans with two goals, one assist and four ground balls.

Maxwell Wickline added two goals for Bainbridge, and Greg Shea and Kaegan Ingrasci finished with one goal each.

Reynolds Yarbrough had 10 saves in goal for the Spartans.

Will Penner had three goals and a ground ball for the Wolverines, while Hank Bethke finished with a goal and two assists and Dakota Jones added two.


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