Chelsea Boys Lacrosse comes up short against Skyline

By: Seth Kinker,

The Chelsea Boys Lacrosse team (2-1) fell to the Ann Arbor Skyline Eagles, 8-6 at home on Apr. 5. 

The Bulldogs took a one-goal first-half lead before the Eagles took control in the third. Down one coming into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs scored two in the final seven minutes but an Eagle goal with 2:04 sealed the game. 

Right out of the gate the Bulldogs had offensive chances and were in control early. The Eagles took a 1-0 lead with 6:59 before Bulldog junior Riley Sumner tied it up one minutes and thirty-five seconds later after an Eagle penalty. 

On their next possession, the Eagles responded scoring right outside the crease. 

The Bulldogs killed a 3-minute Eagle penalty at the end of the first trailing 2-1 after the first. Early on, the Bulldogs had success on the penalty offensively and defensively. 

“We moved the ball well,” said Bulldog head coach Joe Koengeter. “Our shot selection was good early on, that was the difference. On some of the man up plays we got some good looks and moved the ball well, we executed.” 

In the second quarter, the Bulldogs outscored the Eagles 4-1 to take a 5-3 halftime lead. 

Bulldog junior Shane Nold tied it at two after an Eagle turnover and a few quick passes. Then with 4:43 in the first half the Bulldogs took their first lead on a goal from senior Cam Breining.

The Eagles would score their one goal of the quarter in between the four Bulldogs goals as Bulldog sophomore Tyler Wallgren added a goal with 17 seconds after the Bulldogs took a timeout with possession and 37 seconds left in the first half. 

“The play we ran out of the timeout didn’t work,” said Koengeter. “But its like the mighty ducks when they picked up the trash (in front of the goal). That’s what we did with that one. We found a way to find the ball and put it in the back of the net.” 

Their first chance missed but Wallgren ended up with the ball and scored. Then with 2 seconds left in the half, Nold added his second goal of the game as the Eagles had a defensive lapse in the hectic closing moments.

At halftime, Koengeter said that shot selection was the conversation for adjustments offensively. Defensively, he told The Sun Times communication on defense was the main talking point.  

Outscored 3-0 in the third quarter the Eagles stole momentum, and the lead, back as the Bulldogs racked up penalties. 

Trailing 6-5 after three quarter the Bulldogs were aggressive in the fourth. 

Bulldog junior Aidan Boote scored after a scrum to tied it at six with 6:55 remaining, but just over a minute later, Eagle senior Sam Greenberg gave the Eagles the lead back. 

A shot that went wide on a penalty with under three minutes left was the closest the Bulldogs got after that as the Eagles added one more goal with 2:04 to seal the 8-6 win. 

“The difference was penalties, we had way too many penalties,” said Koengeter. “I think we spent the majority of the fourth in the penalty box. On defense we couldn’t get a chance to get on offense, playing behind the 8-ball the whole time. We’ve gotta clean up the penalties.” 

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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