Brother Rice, Brighton Win Michigan Titles

Four state champions in high school lacrosse were crowned this weekend in Michigan across the girls' and boys' divisions. In boys' action, two perennial powers proved victorious, including national elite Brother Rice, which cruised to its seventh title in a row. Meanwhile, on the girls' side, get the details on a pair of wild championship games that included last-second goals, overtime game-winners, and improbable comebacks.

Brother Rice Notches Seventh Straight Title with Win over Forest Hills Eastern

Sparked by a dominant first quarter of action, Brother Rice defeated Forest Hills Eastern, 15-4, on Saturday to claim its seventh Division 1 boys' state championship in a row. The Warriors scored a pair of goals just six seconds apart within the first minute of action en route to a 6-0 lead by the end of the opening quarter. The Warriors then stretched their lead to 10-0 by halftime and even forced a running clock for the majority of the fourth quarter.

Senior Will Meter posted two goals and four assists for Brother Rice, while teammate Riley Kennedy added four scores. Sergio Perkovic and MacKenzie MacEachern both chipped in with two goals in the first half and proved to be key forces for the Warriors in the early going.

Charlie Stormzand tallied two goals for Forest Hills, while standout scorer Alex VanSlyke was held to just one assist on the day. Forest Hills was making its first title game appearance in program history.

The Warriors finished the season 18-4 overall and posted an undefeated record against in-state opponents all the way. Additional highlights included wins over Mount Lebanon (PA), Dublin Jerome (OH) and Detroit Catholic Central.

Scoring Blitz Lands Detroit Country Day Second Boys' Championship

Thanks to a six-goal run between the second and third quarters, Detroit Country Day defeated East Grand Rapids, 13-5, on Saturday for the Michigan Division 2 boys' lacrosse championship. The victory for Country Day gave the program its second Div. 2 title and avenged an earlier season defeat to East Grand Rapids, 10-9, back on April 29.

Detroit Country Day's Harrison Rosenfeld scored a team-high four goals while teammates Bobby Weiner and Andrew Weinert both added three scores on the day. After starting out the season 2-7 overall, the Yellowjackets won their final 11 games of the season en route to the championship.

As for Saturday, Country Day stormed out to a 3-1 lead in the first via goals by Jack Bergmann, Rosenfeld and Weiner. After the Pioneers cut their deficit to one, the Yellowjackets found their groove and reeled off six goals in a row to put the game away by the fourth quarter.

Jacob Coretti scored four goals for East Grand Rapids, which won three straight titles from 2007-09. The Pioneers finished the season at 13-6 overall and posted 11 victories in 11 against teams with winning records.

Brighton Downs Ann Arbor Pioneer in OT for Girls' Title

One year after losing in the finals, the Brighton girls' lacrosse team made sure its return trip to the pinnacle game resulted in a championship.

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2011-06-14



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