Lacrosse title run ends in semifinals

May 31, 2011

By Staff

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse club began its season with heavy hearts and ended it falling short of their goal — the state championship.

The Eagles’ season came to an end May 25, when they lost to host Bainbridge, 13-9, in the semifinals of the Washington Boys Lacrosse Division I tournament.

Issaquah players had dedicated this season to Tyler Lucas, who died Feb. 1 from injuries he sustained in a three-car accident. Lucas was a two-year starter and an all-league player. Program members wore a special decal on their helmets in memory of Lucas this season.

The Eagles, who had a two-year reign as Division I state champions end last spring, were eager to return to the top spot. That was also Lucas’ goal for this season.

But Issaquah was eliminated in the semifinals for the second straight year. The Eagles finished with a 15-7 record. Issaquah won six of its final seven games to finish the regular season tied with Bellevue in the Northeast Division. Issaquah, which had a first-round bye in the playoffs, defeated Tacoma in the first round.

Bainbridge advanced to the May 28 title game, which was won by Mercer Island, 5-3.

In its game with Bainbridge, the Eagles’ offense had trouble clicking early and, despite a strong attack in the final quarter, could never overcome the Spartans.

Bainbridge was led by sophomore attack Jacob Knostman, and senior midfielders Cameron Parker and Alex Crane, each scoring three goals and getting an assist. They also sparked the Bainbridge defense, combining for 13 groundballs.

The 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 countered when Alex Rabin went coast to coast and hit Knostman on a pass. Knostman scored to give Bainbridge a two-goal lead again. The Spartans pulled away to a 5-1 halftime lead.

The Spartans exploded for six goals in the third period to build up a commanding lead. The Spartans had a nine-goal lead before Issaquah got its second score 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. Goalkeeper Brady Hahn had seven saves.

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