Cougars clip Spartans in boys lacrosse

The Cougars capitalized on a sluggish Spartan first half as Henderson of Nevada built a 8-1 advantage against Bainbridge in boys lacrosse before finishing with an 11-4 win at Sunday’s NW Invitational at Mercer Island High.

Henderson opened with a 1-0 first quarter lead, then tacked on six more in the second.

The Spartans played even with the Cougars in the third, as each team scored three goals to cap the scoring in the contest.

The loss was the Spartans’ fourth of the season, and they fell to 2-4-0.

Jacob Knostman had two goals and five ground balls to lead Bainbridge.  Kaegan Ingrasci, Greg Shea and Maxwell Wickline all had singles.

Sean Maier, Nick King and Jackson Larkin added three ground balls each. Reynolds Yarbrough finished with nine saves for the Spartans.

Henderson was led by brothers Kirean and Quinn Eissler, who both finished with hat tricks.

In other NW Invitational action on Sunday, Bellevue downed 2012 Nevada state champion Palo Verde (Nev.) 9-2, Skyline fell to Sunset (Ore.) 8-6 and Lake Washington lost to Portland Jesuit (Ore.) 11-7.

Also, Lake Oswego (Ore.) bested New Westminster (B.C.) 9-8, Claremont (B.C.) ran past Lincoln (Ore.) 16-6 and Lakeridge (Ore.) doubled-up Centennial (Nev.) 12-6.

The tournament included more than 380 student-athletes representing 16 of the premiere boys high school lacrosse programs from Washington, Oregon, Nevada and British Columbia. The participating schools included the defending state champions from Washington, Oregon and Nevada.

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