Bainbridge slays Braves 12-3 in boys varsity LAX

Max Wickline makes a run at the goal of Bishop Blanchet Friday, May 2.  - Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review
Max Wickline makes a run at the goal of Bishop Blanchet Friday, May 2.
— image credit: Luciano Marano | Bainbridge Island Review

The Bainbridge High varsity boys lacrosse team led 3-0 by the end of the first quarter against Bishop Blanchet Friday, May 2, setting a tone for the contest early that would remain unchanged.

By the end of the first half BHS led 7-1, and the game finally ended with a resounding 12-3 win for Bainbridge.

“I thought it went pretty well,” said Spartan Co-head Coach Cody Bludorn, who credited Bainbridge’s critical early lead with the team’s successful implementation of the basics.

“We just moved the ball well,” he explained. “We won some face-offs and got the possession.”

Bludorn said he would be unable, if pressed, to select any specific players as key offensive contributors to the win, saying instead that the victory was a reflection of quality teamwork.

“I thought it was a team effort,” he said. “No one guy is going to pop out, tonight at least. I think it was just everyone working together on offense to get whatever goals we had.”

Four Spartans contributed two goals each throughout the game, including Thomas Daniels, Jack Frickleton, Ben LaRoche and Jackson Patrick.

Jackson Larkin, Michael Rose, Devon Turner and Max Wickline each managed one goal.

Goalie Reynolds Yarbrough finished the game with six saves.

Bludorn noted that the week’s nice weather had been an unexpected treat for the team, saying it was “the way lacrosse is meant to be played.”

“We’re back to the rain next week,” Bludorn laughed. “And we’re used to that, too.”

Once again praising the team’s overall effort as their most consistent positive trait, Bludorn said that the team’s continued intensity would be a crucial asset if they wished to continue to do well late in the season.

“I think we’re improving on ground balls,” he said. “Which is one area that we definitely need to own. You want possession, and that’s a very important statistic in lacrosse. We worked real hard on that.”

The team taking more shots and being more aggressive could be attributed to continued field time, but Bludorn said those particular statistics inevitably increase when a team possesses the ball more often.

“It comes from getting the right looks within the offense,” he explained. “It comes from a lot of ball movement, and the mentality of being more aggressive offensively. If we’re working through our offense, the shots are going to be there, but we need to be a little bit more aggressive in certain spots and also make sure we’re not making bad passes into the crease.”


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