Bainbridge, Lakeside secure rematch in girls DI state lacrosse final

SEATTLE – Three-time defending state champion Lakeside and last year’s state runner-up Bainbridge each won their state lacrosse semi-finals on Wednesday to advance to Saturday’s Girls Division I state championship game.

Setting up a rematch of last year’s 9 – 8 state championships win over the Spartans, Lakeside downed Roosevelt 14 – 10. In the other semi, top seed Bainbridge easily handled #5 Mercer Island 23 – 5 to advance to the title game.

Lakeside and Bainbridge were among the state’s four original girls high school lacrosse programs. Since beginning play in 1992, Bainbridge has won a total of seven state titles, while Lakeside has won six.

The 17th annual Washington Lacrosse Girls State Championships take place Saturday, May 16 at the Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish. The Division I game gets underway at 2:00 p.m., while the Division II game begins at 11:00 a.m.

Girls Division I Semi-Final Playoffs

Mercer Island 5, Bainbridge 23
Mariah Walk scored seven goals as top seed Bainbridge Island dispatched #5 Mercer Island 23 – 5, Wednesday in the Girls Division I state semi-final at Bainbridge Stadium to advance to the state championships for a rematch of their 2008 state title loss to Lakeside.

Sarah Shea scored first for the Spartans just 19 seconds into the game, with Walk finding the net for the first time just 29 seconds later and again at 21:17 to ignite a 14-goal first half for the Spartans. With a 14 – 3 lead going into the second half, the Spartans added another nine to cruise to a berth in the state title rematch.

The win was the second game this season that Bainbridge scored more than 20 goals against Mercer Island. On April 22, the undefeated Spartans handed the Islanders a 23 – 7 defeat, also on Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge’s Shea, Sally Baumgartner and Jacklyn Biggers each contributed three goals in the win. In the loss, Ellen Hass had three goals and Amy Judd had 10 saves for the Islanders.

Highlights: Mariah Walk, B, 7 goals, 3 assists, 8 ground balls; Sally Baumgartner, B, 3 goals, 2 assists; Sarah Shea, B, 3 goals; Jaclyn Biggers, B, 3 goals; Ellen Hass, MI, 3 goals; Amy Judd, MI, 10 saves.

Lakeside 14, Roosevelt 10
Morgan Merriman scored five goals as #2 Lakeside broke a 5 – 5 halftime tie to down #3 Roosevelt 14 – 10 in its semi-final playoff, Wednesday at Seattle’s Magnuson Park and advance to a rematch of last year’s state title game with Bainbridge Island.

The Roughriders took charge early, jumping to a 5 – 3 lead, before Lakeside scored two unanswered goals to knot the game at 5 – 5 going into the intermission. In the second the Lions pulled away, scoring 9 goals to seal a shot at a fourth consecutive state title.

In the win, Emmy Armintrout scored three goals and Sarah Adler had 17 saves in goal for the Lions. Roosevelt’s Madeline Grose had four goals and Angie Anderson connected nine ground balls in the loss.

Highlights: Morgan Merriman, L, 5 goals, 1 assist; Emmy Armintrout, L, 3 goals, 1 assist; Sarah Adler, L, 17 saves; Madeline Grose, R, 4 goals; Angie Anderson, R, 9 ground balls; Rissa Andersen, R, 11 saves)

Girls Division II Playoffs
None

Boys Division I Regular Season
None

Boys Division II Regular Season
Nathan Hale 4, Blanchet 15 (no highlights available)

Games for Thursday, May 14

Boys Division I Regular Season
Next Games Friday, May 15

Boys Division II Regular Season
Stanwood at Whatcom (Bender Fields / 5:00 p.m.)

Girls Division I Finals Saturday, May 16
Lakeside at Bainbridge (Eastside Catholic School / 2:00 p.m.)

Girls Division II Semi-Final Playoffs
Lakeside at Issaquah (Beaver Lake Middle School / 6:00 p.m.)
Snohomish at Mercer Island (Mercer Island – Stadium / 8:00 p.m.)

About High School Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the U.S. and in Washington State the sport has seen double-digit growth in five of the last seven years. In 2009, over 2,370 high school students representing 75 boys and 49 girls varsity and junior varsity teams in Washington state will compete in a nine-week season March – May with the annual Washington State High School Championships taking place May 16 (girls) and May 30 (boys). Varsity boys lacrosse is contested in the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association (http://www.whsbla.org/) with 14 Division I and 28 Division II teams. Varsity girls lacrosse is contested in The Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association (http://www.wslax.org/) with 15 Division I and 16 Division II teams. Most of the teams represent high schools throughout the Puget Sound area.

For daily high school lacrosse results or to receive results through an RSS feed, please visit http://www.uslax-wa.org/media.html

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mike@mcquaidcompany.com

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