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Spartans end state run short
Lake Sammamish ended the Spartans’ quest for another state title in girls lacrosse Tuesday with a stunning upset at Marymoor Park in Redmond.
Lake Sammamish won 14-11 against the two-time defending state champions in the semifinal matchup in the state tournament.
It was a bit of payback for Lake Sammamish, which lost to Bainbridge last year in a battle for the crown.
The upstarts from the Eastside took an early advantage and led the Spartans 9-5 at the intermission.
Bainbridge battled back to outscore Lake Sammamish 6-5 in the second half, but it wasn’t enough as Lake Sam held on to win.
The Spartans entered the semifinal having scored 36 goals over their previous two playoff games — an 18-1 win over Kennedy and a 18-3 triumph against Wenatchee — but were held to just 11 goals against Lake Sam, a team made up of players from the International School and Lake Washington, Eastlake, Juanita, Redmond high schools.
Paige Brigham paced the Spartans offensively with three goals and four assists.
Sallie Marx also scored three goals for BHS and goalkeeper Maddie Stevenson recorded a game-high five saves.
Lake Sam’s Alex Johnson led all scorers with four goals, while teammate Emily Sokol posted three and Claire Monsaas netted two more and added four assists in the win.
Miranda Taylor, goalkeeper for Lake Sam, recorded two saves on the day.
The Spartans have been a dynasty in girls lacrosse in Washington, and the loss marks the first time in the past decade that the Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championship Game will not include Bainbridge High.
Since 2004, Bainbridge has made nine trips to the girls state title game, and the Spartans have walked away with four wins — including titles in both 2012 and 2011.
Bainbridge remains the all-time girls state championship leader with nine state titles and 20 appearances since 1987 when girls lacrosse was first contested at the high school level in the state.