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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



Chelsea Lacrosse Shuts Out Lincoln


2017 Chelsea Bulldogs celebrate a huge 15-0 victory

Last Friday Chelsea’s Senior goaltender Josh Ciaccio took off on offense and almost scored a goal against Ann Arbor. Tonight against Lincoln, he achieved a rarity in lacrosse, he shut out the rail splitters as Chelsea destroyed Lincoln 15-0.

In the sport of lacrosse achieving a shutout is almost unheard of as it is a fast, physical sport and it only takes one second or one mistake to miss the ball. But Ciaccio was on fire in spite of the unseasonably cold, blustery night. Ciaccio was not tested much but when he was he came up big for the Bulldogs. It helped to have a very stingy defense in front of him as well as some offensive firepower.

“This is actually my second shutout,” an elated Ciaccio said after the game. “I’m so happy right now, it feels good. I was getting worried there near the end but the team played hard to keep it going.”

The Bulldogs were hot on the other end of the field as they blasted 26 shots on the Lincoln netminder. With a big 12-0 lead at the half Chelsea head coach Joe Koengeter rested his varsity starters and played much of his junior varsity players in the second half. (Because of rain earlier there was no junior varsity game so they all played together in the varsity game).

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by Senior Mikal Nelson who had 4 goals on 6 shots. Nelson has been playing exceptionally well as of late, helping his team by making great plays and scoring lots of goals and playing tough defense when the occasion arises.

Sophomore Cam Breining had the hat trick with an assist to go with it while Nick Whitesall, Nate Bero, and Spencer Gobba had 2 goals apiece.  Max Gervais netted a goal and had 4 assists while Aidan Boote also scored for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs head out Wednesday to play at Green Hills then travel on Friday to take on their arch rivals Dexter.

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Chelsea Lacrosse Stomps Huron River Rats 19-2


Chelsea’s Nick Childress (no. 26) scores for his Bulldogs

Temperatures were brisk on Friday night at Jerry Niehaus football field in Chelsea as the Bulldog lacrosse team looked to snap a 4 game losing streak against the Ann Arbor River Rats. In the 4 game losing streak, Chelsea was up against some state-ranked competition and it was a rough stretch of their schedule and goals were hard to come by.

Looking to get back on track, it looked a bit grim in the beginning as Huron jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead. But Chelsea Head Coach Joe Koengeter called his boys over and gave them a pep talk and whatever he said worked because the Bulldogs caught fire quick as Doug Zarinnia got the Bulldogs on the board. Two quick goals by Cam Breining And Mikal Nelson put the Bulldogs ahead for good.

The Bulldogs opened it up and took a big 10-2 lead at the half. In the second half, it was more of the same as Senior netminder Josh Ciaccio stopped everything that was thrown his way with the help of his stingy defense. In the 4th quarter, a midi stayed back as Ciaccio took the ball all the way down the field and was able to get a shot off on goal, just slightly missing the net.

“It was the first time I’ve ever been able to do that,” said a thrilled Ciaccio. “It was exciting, I really wanted to get a goal. But I’m happy with the big win for the team and I hope I get to do that again someday.”

The Bulldogs were led in scoring by senior Nate Bero with a hat trick. Breining, Nelson, and Aidan Boote each chipped in 2 goals apiece. The Bulldogs will look for another goal fest in their favor Monday night as they play host to the Lincoln.

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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.



Chelsea Kicks Off 2017 Lacrosse Season


Sophomore Sam Peterson Scores in the 3rd Quarter off a pass from Doug Zarinnia

The calendar says it’s Spring but Mother Nature wasn’t paying attention, as on a brisk evening at Jerry Niehaus Field, the Chelsea Bulldogs Lacrosse team kicked off its season by playing host to the Lansing Waverly Warriors.

The Class A Warriors got off to a fast start scoring several goals early on, but the young Bulldogs were not deterred and consistently kept fighting back. Down by several goals, the Bulldogs got their first goal of the game and the regular season as Sophomore Cam Breining took a feed from Senior Nate Bero and buried it in the back of the Warriors goal at the beginning of the second period.

The Warriors, who combine students for their team from Lansing Catholic Central and were Division 1 state runners-up last year, built on their lead and the Bulldogs wouldn’t score again until the third when Sophomore Sam Peterson cut in front of the Warriors goal and beat their netminder for his first goal of the season, and Chelsea’s second of the night. He was assisted on the play by another sophomore, Doug Zarinnia.

That would be the final goal of the night for Chelsea as the very young team fell to the Warriors, 15-2 and were outshot 22 to 4. The Bulldogs hit the road Wednesday for a 7 o’clock game at West Bloomfield High School.

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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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