Slow start plagues Issaquah lacrosse in semifinal loss to Bainbridge

Issaquah struggled to find offense through the first three quarters of Wednesday's Division I state semifinal lacrosse matchup with Bainbridge, coming up short, 13-9.

Bainbridge senior attackman Alex Crane fires a shot past Issaquah defender Aidan McDonald in the third quarter of Wednesday’s semifinal gam

Bainbridge senior attackman Alex Crane fires a shot past Issaquah defender Aidan McDonald in the third quarter of Wednesday’s semifinal gam

Issaquah struggled to find offense through the first three quarters of Wednesday’s Division I state semifinal lacrosse matchup with Bainbridge, coming up short, 13-9.

Bainbridge jumped out to a 2–0 first quarter lead and quickly built its advantage to 5–1 by halftime.  In the second half, the Spartans offense again delivered, scoring six goals to extend their lead to 11–3 going into the fourth.

Issaquah finally found an offensive groove in the fourth frame, scoring six of its own, but it was too little, too late.

Attackmen Matt O’Neill and Jake Fritz, and midfielder Kevin Powers led Issaquah, each delivering three goals and an assist. Goaltender Brady Hahn added seven saves.

In their only other meeting Issaquah earned 8-6 regular-season win over Bainbridge on April 30.

The win returns Bainbridge to the state championship game for the first time since 2008 — when they lost the state title to Issaquah.

The Eagles finished the season with a 15-7 overall record.  The club won six of its final seven games to finish the regular season tied with Bellevue for second in the Northeast Conference.  After earning a first-round bye, Issaquah dispatched Tacoma in the quarterfinals.

Bainbridge will play Mercer Island for the state title at 7:30 p.m, Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Seattle.  The contest will be available 48 hours after completion on Comcast OnDemand.

Scoring             1  2  3  4  — F

Bainbridge        2  3  6  2  — 13

Issaquah           0  1  2  6  —  9

SCORING HIGHLIGHTS:  Bainbridge 13, Issaquah 9 – Bainbridge advances to state championship game (Jacob Knostman, B, 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Cameron Parker, B, 3 goals, 1 assist, 3 ground balls; Alex Crane, B, 3 goals, 1 assist, 7 ground balls; Jacob Goodman, B, 2 goals, 3 assists; Reynolds Yarbrough, B, 4 saves;  Matt O’Neill, IS, 3 goals, 1 assists, 1 ground ball; Jake Fritz, IS, 3 goals, 1 assists, 1 ground ball; Kevin Powers, IS, 3 goals, 1 assists, 4 ground balls; Brady Hahn, IS, 7 saves)


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