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Islanders stop Spartans short of title game in lacrosse

Jacob Knostman of the Bainbridge High Spartans looks to move upfield against Islander Devlin Conway in Wednesday’s state semifinal matchup at Mercer Island.   - Megan Managan / Mercer Island Reporter
Jacob Knostman of the Bainbridge High Spartans looks to move upfield against Islander Devlin Conway in Wednesday’s state semifinal matchup at Mercer Island.
— image credit: Megan Managan / Mercer Island Reporter

In the second battle of the islands this season, the Bainbridge boys lacrosse team lost to Mercer Island in the state semifinals after overtime and a power outage to end the Spartans’ season.

The Islanders won 7-6 in overtime on Wednesday, May 30 and will face Bellevue on Saturday in the state finals.

The game started fast, with Mercer Island scoring the first goal moments after the game started. But Bainbridge controlled the rest of the first quarter, earning a 2-1 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Both teams battled, with goalies and defenses holding strong, keeping the score to a low 2-2 tied game at halftime.

After the break, the teams traded goals back and forth, with the Spartans earning the upper hand on the scoreboard going into the final minutes with a 4-3 lead.

In the fourth quarter, things started to pick up.

Shots flying, the teams went back and forth, scoring goals almost as quickly as the teams seemed to reset. As the clock dwindled, the score was tied at six, sending the two rivals into overtime.

With 2:56 left on the clock in overtime, the lights in the stadium suddenly went dark, forcing a temporary pause in the game.

Ten minutes later, and 30 seconds after play resumed, Mercer Island senior Hayden Reisman scored the game-winning goal.

Reisman scored three goals in the game, with two assists and two ground balls, while Steen Swedstedt had two goals, one assist and one ground ball. Justin Rorem scored a goal, as did Peter Mahony and Cooper Johnson. Goalie Benji Rothenberg made 10 saves for the Islanders in the win.

For Bainbridge, Jackson Larkin scored two goals with one ground ball, while Jacob Knostman had one goal, as did Kaegan Ingrasci. Max LaRoche had one assist in the game and added three ground ball. Greg Shea scored a goal with four ground balls, while goalie Reynolds Yarbrough made 18 saves.

Mercer Island will face rival Bellevue in the state championship on Saturday, June 1 at Memorial Stadium. Bellevue beat Eastside Catholic 12-6 in the other semifinal game Wednesday.

The Islanders and Bellevue have met just once this season, playing at Bellevue May 3. The Wolverines won the game 9-8.

Bainbridge advanced to the semifinals with a 10-9 spill-the-popcorn win over Auburn Riverside late last week at Pete’s Pool Stadium.

The Spartans controlled early, and outscored Auburn Riverside 3-2 in the first before the two matched a pair of goals in the second.

Bainbridge entered the intermission still in front, 5-4.

In the third, Auburn Riverside narrowly topped Bainbridge with four of its own to knot the game at 8-8 going into the final quarter.

The Spartans answered in the fourth with the go-ahead goal to hand Auburn Riverside a quarterfinal defeat. Auburn Riverside finished the season at 10-7-0.

Jacob Knostman nailed the net twice for Bainbridge and added two assists. He also had seven ground balls.

Along with Knostman’s four points (two goals, two assists), and fellow Spartans Sean Maier and Greg Shea each added pair of goals.

Maier also contributed three ground balls, and Shea had an assist.

Other Spartans contributing to the victory included Jack Frickleton, with one goal and one assist; Adam Eargus with one goal and four ground balls; Jackson Larkin with one goal and one ground ball; and Kaegan Ingrasci with one goal.

Reynolds was amazing, again, in goal. He finished with nine saves in goal for Bainbridge High.

Auburn Riverside was led by brothers Joey and Michael Lucchesi along with Keenan Fagan and Gordon Nelson, who all had two goals each.  Goaltender Jaron Scarbrough had nine saves.

The win pushed Bainbridge (14-8-0) into the semifinals of the Washington Lacrosse Boys State Championship Tournament to face Mercer Island (19-3-0) at home.

Review writer Brian Kelly contributed to this report.

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