Issaquah High School boys lacrosse ousted in semifinals

May 26, 2011

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 11:50 a.m. May 26, 2011

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team saw its season come to an end Wednesday when the Eagles lost to host Bainbridge 13-9 in the semifinals of the Washington State League’s Division I tournament.

Issaquah, which was knocked out in the semifinals for the second straight year, finished with a 14-6 record.

The Eagles’ offense had trouble clicking early and despite a strong attack in the final quarter could never overcome Bainbridge.

The host Spartans led 2-0 after the first quarter. Issaquah got on the scoreboard at 9:02 of the second period on an unassisted goal by senior Jake Fritz. However, Bainbridge quickly counter when Alex Rabin went coast-to-coast and hit Jacob Knostman on a pass. Knostman scored to give Bainbridge a two-goal lead again. The Spartans led 5-1 at halftime.

Bainbridge exploded for six goals in the third period to build up a commanding lead. The Spartans had a 9-goal lead before Issaquah got its second goal of the game on a shot by Matt O’Neill.

In the final quarter Issaquah scored three unanswered goals but could get no closer than the final margin.

Fritz, O’Neill and Kevin Powers each had three goals for the Eagles. Hunter VanHorne had seven groundballs.

Cam Parker, Alex Crane and Knostman each had three goals for Bainbridge, which will play Mercer Island at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the state title in Memorial Stadium. Mercer Island defeated Bellevue 9-5 in the other semifinal.

Skyline High School golfer sixth at state

Skyline High School’s Brian Mogg finished sixth Wednesday in the boys 4A state golf tournament at Qualchan Golf Course in Spokane. Mogg had a two-day total of 148. He shot a 73 Saturday.

Eastlake’s Li Wang finished second in the tournament with a 144. He was three strokes behind the Olympia’s Dom Franks, who took the individual title with a 141. Evan Alston, of Eastlake, tied for third with a 145.

Bellarmine Prep won the team title with a 95.5 score and Eastlake was second at 89.

In the 4A girls tournament at Downriver Golf Course in Spokane, Eastlake finished eighth with 40 points. Megan Wotherspoon, of Eastlake, was 15th with a 160. Teammate Jamie Midkoff was 27th at 167. Issaquah’s Lauren Merdinyan shot a first-day 92 but failed to make the cut for the final round.

At the 3A girls tournament at Liberty Lake Golf Course in Spokane, Liberty High School’s Krysta Dawson placed 20th with a 175. Teammates Alex Duvall and Molly Culwell shot 96 and 97 respectively the first day but failed to make the cut for the final round.

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