The rains of earlier in the day had left their mark on the Chelsea field but had given way to a crispness in the early evening as Chelsea Lacrosse played host to Monroe St. Mary’s Catholic Central. It didn’t take long for the Bulldogs to strike first as Senior Ethan French blasted the ball past the SMCC netminder. Sean Cox scored to put the Bulldogs up by 2 but SMCC’s Austin Berger cut the lead in half with a goal of his own. Jack Miller scored shortly thereafter to increase the Chelsea lead.
With SMCC down in the second 4-1, it was Berger again scoring on the man advantage. But after that the Chelsea defense said “no more”. They piled on two goals while Chelsea netminder Josh Ciaccio made several great saves to help take Chelsea into the half with a 6-2 lead.
After the break, the Bulldogs expanded the lead more taking advantage of many odd man situations. In the 4th, Chelsea took advantage of SMCC’s Berger being off for 3 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and increased their lead to 9-2. The unsportsmanlike was just one of many penalties for SMCC on the night as they played a very chippy, physical game.
At about the 10-minute mark in the 4th quarter with the Bulldogs up 9-2 lightning flashed in the Western sky, which had grown dark as a predicted storm was ready to roll through. MHSAA rules call for a 30-minute delay from the time of each flash of lightning. Both teams left the field, the Bulldogs retreating to the safety of their locker room, SMCC to their bus. Chelsea had offered the use of the visitors locker room to SMCC but for some reason, they declined.
It wasn’t too long after the lightning strike that the heavens opened up and released a cold rain on an already chilly night sending spectators to seek shelter and wait out the storm. Shortly after 9 o’clock, with another flash of lightning, the game was called on account of weather and time making the Chelsea the 9-2 victor.
Ethan French, Ryan Hein, and Jack Miller each had two goals on the night while Cam Breining, Sean Cox, and Alec Daman each helped with solo goals of their own. Cox and Hein had 2 assist each while French had a helper also.
The Bulldogs travel to Ann Arbor Pioneer for a Monday night game with the varsity beginning at 7.