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Chelsea Defeats Jackson In Double Overtime Thriller

 

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Jesse Jacobusse drives for 2. She finished the night with 5 points and 8 assist. 

 

Since losing to SEC Conference leading and top ranked Ypsilanti Chelsea has rattled off 3 straight wins including tonight’s 55-51 double overtime thriller. Chelsea started slow and was getting the inside game to work but the shots just weren’t falling for them early on. They played their usual tough style of defense which kept the game close. Jackson took a 1 point lead into the half.

In the third Jackson took a bit of control taking advantage of miscues and hitting several 3 point shots. But Chelsea kept it close and kept clawing back, refusing to never give up to the Class A Vikings. Jackson would lead the game for most of the night but never by more than 5 points at a time.

With 3 and a half minutes to go Chelsea’s Anna Regis used her soft touch to sink two free throws and tie up the game. But Jackson again took a slight lead. With half a minute left to go in the game, Chelsea took a 1 point lead but Jackson was able to tie it making 1 free throw sending the game into overtime tied at 43.

Jackson won the tip in overtime and both teams battled back and forth sending the game into a second overtime. With Jackson up by 1 and only 30 seconds left, sophomore Brianna Hay took a long shot from beyond the arc to the left of the net and swished it in for 3 giving the Bulldogs the lead. On the ensuing inbounds play Sophomore Helena Schultz was able to steal the ball and The Bulldogs were fouled. Sophomore Maddy Vasquez and senior Nicole Bareis hit clutch free throws to send the Bulldogs back home with a hard fought victory.

“We made a couple plays at the end of the game, Bri’s 3 was huge in the corner, and we finally hit a couple free throws to finish it up,” Chelsea head coach   Todd Blomquist stated after the game as he stood amongst all the proud friends and families of the Chelsea players. “We started a bit rough, just didn’t have a lot of focus, but finished strong.”

When Brianna Hay hit that clutch three with very little time left, it was not a designed play. “I just got the ball and saw the open shot and took it,” the soft spoken Hay said. “I’m just happy we won. After I hit it I was so excited.”

Hay led the team in points with 11, including 3 three point shots. Katelyn McKinley and Ann Regis both finished with 9 while Helena Schultz had 8. Jesse Jacobusse led the team with 8 assist while Maddy Vasquez, Nicole Bareis, and Madeline Kennedy each pulled down 6 rebounds apiece.

The Bulldogs will rest up for Friday’s game as they travel to Lincoln to take on the Railspiltters.

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Chelsea Lacrosse Sinks Dexter In Overtime

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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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