The Dexter boys’ lacrosse team opened state tournament play last week by holding off SEC White rival Pinckney 12-10 Thursday night.

The teams had split their regular season matchups in two close games, and Thursday was no different a with the Dreadnaughts holding on to advance to the second round.

It was a battle that wasn’t decided until the final few minutes.

The teams went back and forth in a game that was tied multiple times.

The game was tied at 10-10 with just over five minutes remaining when Marty Watson found the net to put Dexter up 11-10 and they would hold on for the win.

Dawson Waddington led the Dreadnaughts with a hat trick of three goals.

JT Bonilla recorded two goals and two assists, while Benny Willard had two goals and one assist.

Watson scored two goals, including his 100th career goal in the contest.

Nico Willard scored two goals and Brady Dresch one goal, while William Simpson had two assists and Casey Clark one.

Jeremy Schroeder made 10 saves in net for the Dreads.

Dexter advances to the Regional semifinals to face Forest Hills Central Wednesday night.

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