High School Weekend Recap for March 28

As expected, the Northwest Invitational played host to some terrific high school boys' lacrosse this weekend, featuring many of the top programs from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. With remarkable come-from-behind victories and a number of overtime thrillers highlighting the action, the sixth annual tournament proved to be unpredictable yet exhilarating from start to finish.

To set the tone for the rest of the weekend, Skyline edged Timberline, 13-12 in overtime, on Friday. The contest, which featured the perennial Washington power taking on the defending Idaho state champion, proved to be a back-and-forth battle throughout. Max Saffle scored the game-winner for Skyline (3-3) in the extra frame and finished with a game-high five goals.

In Saturday action, defending Nevada state champ Centennial squeaked by Washington elite Issaquah, 11-10, in overtime. Issaquah fell behind 7-2 before storming back and scoring on a Ben Director rocket with seconds remaining to push the game into overtime. While both teams had chances early in the extra session, Justin Anderson's third goal of the game eventually sealed the win for Centennial (7-3). Blake Krowicki scored a game-high four goals for Centennial while Dominican (CA) recruit Kevin Powers led the way for Issaquah with three goals and two assists.

Meanwhile, in arguably the most anticipated match-up of the weekend, host school Mercer Island (WA) beat Lincoln (OR) on Sunday, 13-9, in a battle of two of the Northwest Region's most heralded teams. Last season, Mercer Island came away with a 12-11 victory in the most exciting game of the Invitational. This year's match-up was no different, as both teams played at a high level from the very onset. Lincoln held a 6-5 edge at halftime before the score got knotted at 9-9 after three quarters. However, an experienced Mercer Island (5-0) squad controlled the tempo late with some methodical possessions and scored four unanswered goals leading to a 13-9 victory. Doug Mahoney led the way for the Islanders with four goals.

Lincoln was also on the losing side of another thriller this weekend, this time an 8-7 loss to Bellevue (5-0). The Cardinals trailed 8-3 early in the fourth quarter before scoring four late goals to get to within one. However, Bellevue's impressive man-down defense held off a ferocious Lincoln attack late to come away with the victory.

Perhaps the most unexpected performance of the weekend came from Bainbridge Island (WA). The Spartans overcame an 8-4 deficit late to post a 9-8 victory over Oregon Episcopal. Fueled by midfielder Jacob Goodman, Bainbridge scored five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to complete the comeback. Goodman tallied the game-winner with about 30 seconds left in regulation and finished with three goals on the day. Teammates Cam Parker and Alex Rabin also netted three goals for the Spartans (5-0) in the victory.

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