Timberline High wins third boys lacrosse title

The Wolves’ boys lacrosse team knocked off host Coeur d’Alene 11-2 Saturday afternoon to win its third state championship in five seasons.

Timberline was led by senior Andrew Rusin — who has committed to play club lacrosse for Boise State this fall — with five goals. Senior Nash Cantrell, who will play at Utah, chipped in with three goals.

“At halftime the score was 3-2,” said Timberline coach Tom Blanchard, whose team has won seven district titles since 2000. “Once we got to halftime and settled the kids down and explained to them how the game was being called, they were able to adjust and they just blew it open in the second half.”

Timberline finishes the season 16-7 overall and 15-1 against Idaho teams.

The Wolves’ lone loss came against Centennial, a team they beat 8-7 in overtime last week in the district championship game.

Against Coeur d'Alene, six players contributed goals or assists, and goalkeeper Keven Brown grabbed 10 saves.

Championship box score:

Timberline 11, Coeur d’Alene 2

Timberline (16-7, 15-1 in Idaho) — Brett Jones 1 assist; Nash Cantrell 3 goals; Andrew Rusin 5 goals; Drew Welch 1 goal, 3 assists; Jake Jackson 1 goal; Phil Engle 1 goal, 1 assist. Goalkeeper: Keven Brown 10 saves.

Coeur d’Alene (13-2) — Seibold 2 goals. Goalkeeper: Desantis 9 saves.