Spartans lose in first-round heartbreaker to arch rival Lakeside

Sonia Olson fires a shot at the Lakeside goal during early action in the Spartans’ playoff game against the Lions. - Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review
Sonia Olson fires a shot at the Lakeside goal during early action in the Spartans’ playoff game against the Lions.
— image credit: Brian Kelly | Bainbridge Island Review

In a first-round state playoff game that had the intensity of a state title matchup, Seattle Prep delivered a bit of Senior Night payback by beating the Bainbridge Spartans 10-9 in girls lacrosse last Friday.

In a whistle-filled battle, Prep took what little early momentum there was and crafted a 3-0 lead early in the first half.

The Spartans split the pipes for their first goal about 10 minutes into the contest, but played catch-up from there.

It was a tall order for the Spartans to best Prep twice in one week. Bainbridge was coming off a 19-8 win against Mercer Island on the road that capped the end to the regular season late last week, and in the game before, the Spartans had shocked defending state champs Lakeside with a 14-11 win on the Lions’ Senior Night and their home turf.

Last Friday’s first-round game against Lakeside, however, was Senior Night for the Spartans, and the Lions eagerly played spoiler for the big evening and turned it into a farewell party for BHS’s tournament play.

Indeed, each time the Spartans answered and seemed to have a chance at taking the lead against Prep, the Lions quickly scooted downfield with an offensive reply.

Seattle Prep held a two-goal advantage through much of the second half, but Bainbridge made an exciting run late in the game to bring the score to 10-9 with two minutes left to play.

After a close-but-missed Spartan shot on goal, the Panthers reclaimed possession and ran out the clock for the win.

Paige Brigham and Sallie Marx led Bainbridge with three goals each.

Brigham also had an assist and finished with four points.

Marx added a ground ball and three draws.

Kyra Wortley scored two goals for Bainbridge, and teammate Ellen Carpenter added one goal and an assist.

Lakeside had five players that scored, and Amanda Roper led the Panthers with three goals and one assist.

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