In an epic “Battle of the Islands,” the Bainbridge girls junior varsity lacrosse team finished first out the season against Mercer Island with a 11-8 win.
The game between these two previously undefeated teams was fierce, with six goals by the Spartans’ Riley McCormick-Dekker, four by Karsen Sahleen and one by Robin Hilderman.
Goalie Kelly Coffyn had 11 saves for BHS and the defense on both sides was intense.
The JV team finished the overall season with an impressive record of 12 wins and no losses, the only undefeated team in the Metro League.
The depth of the team can be measured with a look at the league stats, and the Spartans stacked up numbers that would make an abacus envious.
Bainbridge boasted 10 players in the top 20 (out of about 200 players) across the league in goals, assists, ground balls, caused turnovers, draw control and goals saved percentage (Coffyn, Natalie Beatie, Caroline Bredy, Hannah Brubeck, Rylee Dutton, Hilderman, Maya Ortiz, McCormick, Sahleen, Emma Spickard).
Several of the Spartans finished in the top 20 across more than one of the categories of stats. Their offensive prowess resulted in 191 total goals scored in the season and 169 draw controls.
The teamwork and depth of the team was underscored by Bainbridge’s 89 assists and the fact that those impressive numbers were widely spread amongst the team.
The Spartans’ aggressive defense this season was demonstrated in 166 caused turn-overs and 257 groundballs.
Defensive stats, harder to capture, were more clearly seen in the Bainbridge defensive wall that allowed a meager 41 goals scored by opponents the entire season.
Coffyn earned distinction as the top goalie in the league as measured by goal save percentage, and tallied a total of 78 saves for the season.
“This team had it all,” said Spartan JV Head Coach Barb Reibsamen.
“They had heart, drive, determination and an ability to pull out a win no matter what the circumstances were,” she said. “They practiced and played in the cold, dark, rain and wind and still had the ability to have fun. They encouraged each other and were sisters on and off the field.”
Spartan sisters, and blood sisters, to be sure. The JV squad boasted three Bredy sisters and two Ortiz sisters.
Reibsamen said the team never took winning for granted.
The word “undefeated” was never even mentioned until the end neared, with three games left in the season.
“They focused on each game one at a time and they never took any game lightly,” she said.
“On the first practice of the season we talked about our motto and came up with ‘Play hard and have fun!’ I believe this team achieved that 100 percent,” Reibsamen added.
“After the win over Mercer, I told the team that they earned 12-0 and no one will ever be able to take that away from them,” she said.
“It’s been a joy to coach this team and I couldn’t have asked for a better way to remember my very first season as a coach.”