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Chelsea Lacrosse Shines On Senior Night



Chelsea’s Nic Brough gets air trying to defend a pass 


On a beautiful, sunny evening at Jack Niehaus Football Stadium, the Chelsea Bulldog Lacrosse team donned their golden warrior helmets and prepared to face off against the Grosse Ile Red Devils. Scoring came early and often for the Bulldogs as they battled to a huge 17-1 victory.

Barely a minute in it was Senior Mikal Nelson who got the scoring started for the Bulldogs. A minute and a half later Sophomore Cam Breining took advantage of a miscue by the Devils goalie and easily blasted the ball into the net. The devil’s goalie had tried to play the body on Breining and when he did, he fell awkwardly to the ground injuring himself and had to leave the game. He had torn an acl earlier in the season and sat the rest of the game out with an ice bag on his leg.

Breining would go on to score the next 3 goals for Chelsea and would finish with 4 on the night with 1 assist. Nelson scored two more giving him the hat trick on the night while Senior Nate Bero picked up a hat trick also, giving props to his dad Jeff who was up in the press box on his third goal.

The Bulldogs cruised to a 10-0 halftime lead and at the half, they honored the 7 senior players who have helped make the team a success over the years. Nate Bero, Ryan Berry, Nick Childress, Josh Ciaccio, Aidan Kurth, Mikal Nelson, and Nick Whitesall were all honored as the walked down the 50-yard line with their parents and received gifts from the team in recognition of all they do and have done for the team. It was a very nice yet emotional ceremony for many of the parents and the players as they realize the end of their High School career is almost over but each player will move on to other things, many attending college while Whitesall has already committed to his country as he will be joining one of the finest fighting forces America has to offer, the United States Marine Corps.

After the ceremony, the players got right back down to business never losing focus as they wanted to defend their field and give netminder Josh Ciaccio another shot at a shutout. Spencer Gobba scored two quick goals off excellent cross field Doug Zarinnia passes to separate the score even more. Zarinnia would finish with 6 helpers on the night.

Sophomore Riley Sumner would chip in two late goals along with fellow sophomore Zach Cooley who picked up a goal late unassisted. Ryan Berry finished the scoring on the night for the Bulldogs off an Evan Kucera assist.

The lone bright spot for the Devils was when they broke up the shutout with about two minutes left to go on the night.

“It’s ok, it happens,” a very happy netminder Josh Ciaccio said after the game. “I’m just glad we won and I’m very happy, I’ve had two shutouts before so it’s all good.”

Chelsea will return home Friday night to take on Ann Arbor Pioneer in the last home game of the season.



Senior Ryan Berry


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Chelsea Lacrosse Falls To Dewitt



Chelsea’s Nick Whitesall drives for a shot against Dewitt

On a very warm night with a slight breeze coasting over the field the Chelsea Lacrosse team played host to the Dewitt Panthers and were looking to get back on the winning track. Dewitt came in at .500 and were fighting for a victory themselves.

The Bulldogs started out strong with Max Gervais striking with a quick goal. But Dewitt came back and both teams swapped goals but in the end Dewitt hung in there for the 9-5 victory.

The Bulldogs were led by Gervais & Cameron Breining with 2 goals each. Mikal Nelson had a goal also with an assist. Breining had an assist and led the team with 14 shots on net. The Bulldogs host Ann Arbor Huron Friday night at 7 p.m.


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Chelsea Lacrosse Comes Back To Defeat Belleville


Senior Ethan French takes a shot on the Belleville goal

The sun had gone down and the wind had picked up on an unseasonably chilly April evening in Chelsea. The Belleville Tigers were in town to take on the Bulldogs and the Tigers wasted no time getting off to a good start with goals by Jacob Flood and Alec Emerson to give them an early 2-0 lead. But then Alec Daman made a great kick on the ball which Sean Cox picked up and passed it to Ryan Hein who quickly jammed it home to cut the lead in half. Only minutes later it was the freshman Cam Breining tying it up.

In the second quarter, Chelsea came out fast and started piling up the goals but right before the half the Tigers scored a couple quick goals to go into the half down 5-4. After a brief intermission, it was Ethan French getting the ball to Cam Breining who quickly extended the Bulldog lead. The Bulldogs and Tigers swapped goals and as the Bulldogs entered the 4th with a 2 goal lead, things got a bit interesting. Chelsea netminder Josh Ciaccio  was off for 2 minutes on an unreleasable penalty and Belleville quickly took advantage of the situation. They broke through the Chelsea defense and scored 4 quick goals  to take a 9-7 lead.

But the Bulldogs didn’t roll over as Senior Ryan Hein attacked the Tigers net and scored a beautiful goal with a hard shot. With 5 minutes left Cox again made a great pass to Breining who scored the tying goal. Then things got very physical as both teams were fighting on the field for possession of the ball to get that precious lead. And the toughness paid off as Senior Ethan French scored the go-ahead goal with little time left retaining the lead once again for the Bulldogs. With time running out the Tigers turned up the heat and started to pressure the Bulldogs goal but goalkeeper Ciaccio made save after great save to keep the Bulldogs on top. With 38.8 seconds left it was Hein scoring off a pass from Daman to help secure the Bulldogs lead and help them to a big 11-9 victory.

Hein had a huge night with 5 goals and 2 assist while  Breining had 4 goals for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs play host Friday evening to Temperance Bedford


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Chelsea Lacrosse Conquers St. Mary’s



Senior Jack Miller slams it home for the Bulldogs

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.

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Chelsea Lacrosse Sinks Dexter In Overtime


Senior Ryan Hein scores his first of 3 goals on the night in Dexter

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.

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Chelsea Lacrosse Dominates Lincoln


Senior Jack Miller buries the ball home for one of his 4 goals on the night

It seemed like nothing could stop the Chelsea lacrosse team tonight, not even the frigid weather. They jumped out fast and furious as the Logsplitters couldn’t find the answer to stop them. Within a minute, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Senior Ethan French took a Jack Miller pass and slammed the ball past the Lincoln netminder and that just got the ball rolling. Within a minute, it was French scoring again and it broke the scoring floodgates of the Bulldogs wide open.

Lincoln couldn’t keep possession of the ball very much at all as the stingy Bulldog defense just dominated. The Bulldogs tight defense, crisp passing, disciplined play, and the lack of discipline from Lincoln helped give the Bulldogs an 11-1 lead at the half.

Lincoln couldn’t keep possession of the ball very much at all as the stingy Bulldog defense just dominated. The Bulldogs tight defense, crisp passing, disciplined play, and the lack of discipline from Lincoln helped give the Bulldogs an 11-1 lead at the half.

In the 3rd, the Bulldogs came out strong again and played tough and relentless. Lincoln played very undisciplined and drew lots of unsportsmanlike conduct penalties helping Chelsea score even more to add to their lead. Things started getting chippy as the game went on but Chelsea maintained the dignity and discipline and finished the night with a huge 17-1 victory.

Miller led the way for the Bulldogs with 7 points on the night including 4 goals. Senior Captain French had 3 goals and an assist while freshman Cameron Breining had 4 goals. Mikal Nelson and Ryan Hein had 2 goals apiece. 11 players scored in total for the Bulldogs. Chelsea hits the road this Friday and heads to Tecumseh in search of another victory.

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