By: Seth Kinker,

The Chelsea Bulldog boys lacrosse team, 3-3 (1-0), stopped a three game losing streak by defeating the Pinckney Pirates in their SEC White conference opener, 17-5. 

A fast start by the Bulldogs put them in control for the game as they continued to work through injuries and missing players due to other commitments. 

In the first quarter, it was all Bulldogs as they outscored the Pirates 6-0. Bulldog junior Aidan Boote set the pace, scoring 1:13 seconds in on a wrap around and adding two more for the first quarter hat trick. 

Bulldog senior Cam Breining, junior Ethan Dunahoo, and junior Alex Lewis added the other goals in the first. 

“It was an emphasis,” said Bulldog head coach Joe Koengeter on the fast start. “We knew we had to come out and set the tempo of the game. We focused on that in practice yesterday.” 

Bulldog junior Kyle Mitchell, sophomore Tyler Wallgren, and sophomore Mitchell Sumner added the Bulldog goals in the second quarter with senior Christian Radcliff and Valen LaVasseur adding goals for the Pirates to make it 9-2 in favor of the Bulldogs heading into the half. 

Radcliff would lead the Pirates with a hattrick. 

After the half, the Bulldogs added to their lead making it a running clock in the fourth quarter. 

Scoring third quarter goals for the Bulldogs were Wallgren (3), Breining, and M. Sumner. For the Pirates, it was Radcliff and sophomore Steven Hochendoner to make the Bulldog lead 14-4 going into the fourth quarter.

Boote added his fourth, Breining got his third, and Mitchell got his second, with Radcliff added his final goal to make the final score  17-5. 

“We moved the ball pretty well,” said Koengeter after the game. “We possessed and did well on face-offs. That was a big key to tonight. Still the penalties, we need to work on those moving forward.”


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