By: Seth Kinker, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chelsea Bulldogs boys lacrosse team (7-8) fell to the Battle Creek Lakeview Spartans (12-3) on senior night for the Bulldogs as they wind down the regular season.
In the first quarter the Bulldogs got on the board first with a goal from senior Zach Cooley who fired it home after a Spartan penalty.
Bulldog senior goalkeeper Nolan Law made multiple saves over the course of the first 10 minutes, before he was hurt and senior Anthony Gervais game in. Law would return later but both keepers saw time.
The Bulldog offense had good looks and possession in the first and it looked like they would take the 1-0 lead after the first before the Spartans tied it with 39 seconds left.
During the second quarter the Spartans began to take advantage of Bulldog penalties. They added four more goals with two coming on man up plays to take a 5-1 halftime lead.
Sandwiched in between the two Spartan goals of the third quarter was the lone Bulldog goal from junior Aidan Boote. After a low pass saw him collide with the keeper outside of the crease, he found the ball first and pushed it past the goal line for the score.
The Spartans added another goal before the Bulldogs scored two straight, one from senior Cam Breining and another from sophomore Tyler Wallgren.
Three more Spartan goals ended the game with an 11-4 score.
With two games left against Temperance Bedford and rival Dexter before the postseason next week, Bulldog head coach Joe Koengeter told The Sun Times turnovers and penalties will be a focus heading into playoffs.
“We got some good offensive possession tonight, some good looks, we just didn’t finish,” said Koengeter on the game. “We’ve got to do a better job of finishing. Turnovers, too, we got some good possession then gave it back to the defense. Our defense played outstanding tonight, they had some great offensive power and we did well for quite a while.”
The Bulldogs also honored seniors Nic Brough, Cam Breining, Jake Seitz, Zach Cooley, Anthony Gervais, Sam Peterson and Nolan Law at halftime.
“The dedication and commitment,” said Koengeter when he was asked what this class brought to the program. :These guys changed the culture we have, and it shows. They’ve forced the young guys to put the extra effort in and try and improve.”