On a beautiful warm evening, the warmest of the year so far, the Chelsea Lacrosse team, rolled into their rival Dexters field looking to shake off their loss against a tough, top-ranked Tecumseh team. Dexter’s only loss on the season thus far was to the same Tecumseh team and was not about to let their rivals take a victory in front of their home crowd.
Chelsea head coach Joe Koengeter had his team focused and ready though and it didn’t take long for Chelsea to strike first with Freshman Cam Breining scoring unassisted within the first minute of the game. Dexter answered right back though with a goal of their own right away. The teams swapped goals with neither taking a decisive lead. They entered halftime tied 5-5.
Dexter came out strong in the second half scoring two quick goals to take the biggest lead of either team of the game, 7-5. But Chelsea never gave up as Senior Ryan Hein scored two goals towards the end of the 3rd period to tie the game up, giving him the hat trick on the night.
But Dexter dominated the 4th as they scored to take a one goal lead and their defense tightened up not giving Chelsea many opportunities at all. As they threatened to build on their lead and try to put Chelsea down for good Junior netminder Josh Ciaccio had other ideas though as he made save after spectacular save to give his team a fighting chance. Then with only 29 seconds left it was Breining burying the ball deep in the Dreadnaught net with a hard solo shot to tie the game up.Chelsea withstood a barrage of Dreadnaught attacks in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.
Dexter seemed poised for victory in overtime as they put several shots on Ciaccio but the young goalkeeper stood tall and was able to help get the ball upfield. When it looked like a tie was imminent it was Senior Ethan French blasting the ball into the back of the Dexter goal with only 7 seconds left giving the Bulldogs the sudden death victory!
The loss is Dexter’s second of the season. Both teams were even in penalties in a well-officiated game. Dexter was led by Randy Gessell with 3 goals and Nick Greca and MacGregor Wright with 2 goals apiece. Dexter will play its next game Wednesday at Saline.
Chelsea was led by Hein and Senior Jack Miller with 3 goals apiece while Breining finished the night with 2. Chelsea travels to Ann Arbor Pioneer on Wednesday then back home at Jerry Niehaus Field on Thursday against Catholic Central.