Lake Washington spoils Bainbridge lacrosse opener

Lake Washington senior Cody Bernstein (#4 blue) outruns Bainbridge defender Bryce Withers (#22 white) in the 2012 boys varsity lacrosse opener at Bainbridge Stadium. Lake Washington spoiled the Spartans' home opener and snapped six-year opening game win streak for Bainbridge with an 11-10 win. Photo Courtesy: Michael Jardine, Sound Lacrosse

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – Cody Bernstein connected on the go-ahead goal with 3:23 remaining in the game as Lake Washington hung on to down Bainbridge 11-10 to open the 2012 Washington state boys high school lacrosse season at Bainbridge Stadium.

“My kids played really hard and they understood their roles,” said Lake Washington Dejon Hush, who got his first win over his former team and broke a six-year opening game win streak for the Spartans, last year’s state runner-up.  Lake Washington dropped their only 2011 meeting with Bainbridge 15 – 8 in last year’s season opener.

With just seconds remaining and Lake Washington hanging on to its lead, Kangs’ goaltender Jonah Friedl stopped Bainbridge attackman Jake Knostman who fired a shot on the low right-hand pipe.

“Jonah ate up the shot before it could get to the goal,” said Hush.  “The save was big.”

Late in the third, Bernstein, a senior attackman,  tallied a double hat trick on a man up situation to bring the Kangs within a goal at 9 – 8, but the Spartans’ Kaegan Ingrasci answered with a solo shot to give Bainbridge a 10 – 8 lead going into the final stanza.

In the fourth, Lake Washington sophomore Hank Schmale scored the first of three Kangs goals to knot the game at 10 – 10, before Bernstein hit the eventual game winner.

The game opened with Bainbridge junior midfielder Greg Shea netting the first Spartan goal, while Knostman followed to give Bainbridge an early 2 – 0 advantage.  The teams traded goals to give Bainbridge a 3 – 2 lead after the first.

In the second, Knostman added a goal for the Spartans followed by a solo shot by Lake Washington’s Ben Anderson as Lake Washington narrowed the score to 4 – 3 at the half.

The Spartans (0-1-0) next face Mercer Island (0-0-0) at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a rematch of the 2011 state championship game won by the Islanders.  Lake Washington (1-0-0) next faces Bellevue (0-0-0), Wednesday in a 5 p.m. start at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

The 34th Washington boys high school lacrosse season continues on Saturday as Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep opens against Logos School in Moscow, Idaho, while Gig Harbor visits Liberty and Mercer Island travels to Bainbridge.  Girls play gets underway on Tuesday.

Complete boys and girls high school varsity and junior varsity schedules are available at


Lake Washington  2  1 5 3 — 11
Bainbridge       3  1 6 0 — 10

Lake Washington 11, Bainbridge 10 (Cody Bernstein, LW, 7 goals, 1 assist, 8 ground balls; Hank Schmale, LW, 3 goals; Ben Anderson, LW, 1 goal, 3 assists; Jonah Friedl, LW, 9 saves;  Jake Knostman, BI, 3 goals, 3 assists, 3 ground balls; Sean Maier, BI, 3 goals, 1 assist; Keagan Ingrasci, BI, 3 goals; Jason Ashton, BI, 1 goal; Reynold Yarbough, BI, 7 saves)

Games for Saturday, March 10

Boys Division I

Mercer Island at Bainbridge (Bainbridge Stadium / 7 p.m.)

Boys Division II

Gig Harbor at Liberty (Liberty High School / 1 p.m.)

Spokane Boys Varsity

Gonzaga Prep at Logos School (Moscow, Id. / 6 p.m.) 

Games for About High School Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse is the fastest growing sport in the US and in Washington state has experienced double-digit annual growth throughout the past decade. With a 34-year local history, 157 individual boys and girls high school teams are available to students attending nearly 200 WIAA schools across eastern and western Washington.   Governed by the Washington High School Boys Lacrosse Association and the Washington Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association, the sport is played during the spring season and capped by annual boys and girls state championships in late May.  To learn more about lacrosse in Washington or to receive daily high school results visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter @WashingtonHSLAX. To learn more about the history, traditions and values of lacrosse, college opportunities available to students and the 21 US states now sanctioning high school lacrosse visit

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