With a late surge in the second quarter, Ballard took control and maintained it through the second half to top Stadium 10-5 in the Division II High School Lacrosse playoffs last night at Stadium Bowl.
The Beavers got on the board first when Josh Schwartzenberger took a pass from behind the goal and slammed in a point-blank shot with 9:43 left in the first quarter. The Tigers’ Noah Leonard equalized four minutes later, moving left past a defender and scoring from 25 yards out. Jacob Marks regained the lead for Ballard with a nifty spinning goal with three minutes left in the first.
The Tigers threatened early in the second, but were unable to strike against a tough Ballard defense. Aaron Park finally equalized midway through the period for Stadium, skipping a shot past Beavers keeper Alex James from 15 yards out. But Schwarzenberger struck twice in the final four minutes for Ballard, and Thomas Christensen added a goal with 1:40 left to make it 5-2 at the half.
The Tigers looked to get back in the game quickly in the third quarter when Harry Dillman threw in a shot from a tough angle on the right side just 11 seconds into the period. But Kyle Garrity regained control for Ballard by scoring just over a minute later, and John DeGarmo added his second goal for the Beavers to make it 7-3 with 7:38 left in the third. Brendan Raschke and Park again responded for Stadium with goals to cut it to 7-5 at the end of the third, but Ballard rattled off two early goals in the fourth to put it away.
The Tigers finish the season with a 10-2-1 overall record, having beaten Lynden 12-7 in their playoff opener on May 17.