Prep Lacrosse Results for Sat., March 10: MI downs Bainbridge ; Gig Harbor defeats Liberty

Boys Division I

MI lacrosse hands Bainbridge second loss in ‘Island War’

Mercer Island

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, Wash. – Mercer Island broke a half-time deadlock with four third-period goals to hand Bainbridge its second straight defeat to start the 2012 boys high school lacrosse season with an 11 – 7 win over the Spartans, Saturday at Bainbridge Stadium.

With both squads struggling in wet and sloppy conditions, Mercer Island’s Grant Preisler beat Spartan goaltender Reynolds Yarbrough at 8:16 of the third to break the 4 – 4 deadlock, but the Spartans’ Jason Ashton countered just 1:29 later to again tie the game.

Priseler then connect again at 6:22 followed by a Connor Bernal goal at 3:54 and a quick follow-up by Peter Mahony just 10 seconds later to put the Islanders ahead for good.

The win was the fifth straight for Mercer Isalnd over Bainbridge since 2008 including last year’s state championship win in the so-called “Island War” rivalry.

“Bainbridge played really well, they countered what we were doing,” said Mercer Island coach Ian O’Hearn, who’s Islanders downed Bainbridge 5 – 3 in last year’s state championship game and have dominated the series since 2005 winning 8 of the last 12 meetings.

The Islanders put the game away in the fourth outscoring Bainbridge 3 – 2.

“I told Jack (Visco, Bainbridge coach) after the game, no matter how either one of our teams is doing record wise (this rivalry) is always a great game,” said O’Hearn.

MI’s Preisler led all scorers with four goals, while Alex Robbs and Connor Bernal each had two goals. Ashton led all Bainbridge scorers with three goals.

Mercer Island (1-0-0) next faces Bellarmine Prep, Friday, March 16 in an 8 p.m. start at Mercer Island High School. Bainbridge (0-2-0) next faces Curtis (0-0-0), Wednesday, March 14 in an 8 p.m. start at Curtis High School.

Scoring
Mercer Island 3 1 4 3 — 11
Bainbridge 2 2 1 2 — 7

Mercer Island 11, Bainbridge 7 (Grant Preisler, MI, 4 goals; Alex Robbs, MI, 2 goals, 1 ground ball; Connor Bernal, MI, 2 goal, 2 assists, 4 ground balls; Peter Mahony, MI, 1 goal, ground balls; Hayden Reisman, MI, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Mike Schwartz, MI, 1 goal, 1 ground ball; Carlos Barrios, MI, 10 saves; Jason Ashton, BI, 3 goals, 3 ground balls; Sean Maier, BI, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Adam Gargus, BI, 1 goal, 5 ground balls; Kaegan Ingrasci, BI, 1 goal, 2 ground balls; Ben LaRoche, BI, 1 goal; Jake Knostman, BI, 5 assists, 4 ground balls; Reynold Yarbrough, BI, 6 saves)

Boys Division II

Olson’s hat trick lifts Gig Harbor lacrosse past Liberty
RENTON, Wash. – Cody Olson tallied a hat trick as Gig Harbor hung on to edge Liberty 7 – 6 to open the 2012 boys Division II varsity lacrosse season, Saturday at Liberty High School in Renton.

With Liberty trailing 5 – 4 at the end of the third, Olson, a Peninsula High School junior, connected at 7:14 of the fourth followed by a Leif Drathman goal less than a minute later as the Fire moved out to their largest lead of the night 7 – 4.

But Liberty would not go down easily. The Patriots’ Mario Moreno beat Harbor goaltender Ashton Sidebottom with 2:06 remaining to make it 7 – 5. And with just :39 remaining, converted long-pole defender Wyatt Johnson scored to bring the game back to a one-goal margin.

Liberty won the ensuing face-off and got the ball up field to Peter Disney. But Disney’s shot sailed wide right in the final seconds.

Gig Harbor (1-0-0) next faces North Kitsap (0-0-0) on Tuesday, March 13 at North Kitsap High School. Liberty (0-1-0) next faces Mt. Si (0-0-0), Wednesday, March 14 at Mt. Si High School.

SCORING
Gig Harbor 2 2 1 2 — 7
Liberty 1 2 1 2 — 6

Gig Harbor 7, Liberty 6 (Cody Olson, GH, 3 goals, 1 ground ball; Leif Drathman, GH, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Desmond Ary, GH, 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Ricky Chenoweth, GH, 1 goal, 7 ground balls; Alex Dworsky, GH, 2 assists, 1 ground ball; Corey Marchand, GH, 1 goal, 3 ground balls; Chad Powers, GH, 1 assist; Jon Michael Cosper, GH, 8 ground balls; Ashton Sidebottom, GH, 2 saves; Colin Ross, L, 4 goals, 4 ground balls; Wyatt Johnson, L, 1 goal, 1 assist, 12 ground balls; Mario Moreno, L, 1 goal; Roland Deex, L, 10 saves)

Complete boys and girls high school varsity and junior varsity schedules are available at www.WashingtonHSLAX.com

Games for Monday, March 12

Girls Varsity
Bellevue at Bethel (Bethel High School / 5:30 p.m.)
North Kitsap at Spanaway Lake (Bethel High School / 7 p.m.)
Issaquah at Eastside Catholic (Eastside Catholic School / 7 p.m.)
Overlake at Mercer Island (Mercer Island HS / 8 p.m.)

Games for Tuesday, March 13

Boys Division I
Tahoma at Garfield (Upper Genessee Park / 5:15 p.m.)
Issaquah at Northshore (Bothell HS / 7 p.m.)
Eastside Catholic at King’s Way (Columbia River HS / 7 p.m.)
Skyline at Eastlake (Eastlake HS / 8 p.m.)
Sammamish at Woodinville (Woodinville HS / 8 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 www.WashingtonHSLAX.com 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 USLacrosse.org.

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