Boys lacrosse roundup: Brother Rice wins 12th title

Bruce Mason
The Detroit News
James Scane of Birmingham Brother Rice looks down the field during Saturday's Division 1 title game against Detroit Catholic Central.

Howell – As the final horn sounded, sticks flew into the air and a stream of white and orange jerseys crashed the crease to hug goalie Teddy Lievois as Birmingham Brother Rice celebrated its ongoing lacrosse dynasty.

Twelve straight state titles.

Brother Rice defeated rival Detroit Catholic Central, 10-8, on Saturday in the MHSAA Division 1 boys state championship at Parker Middle School. Junior Nick Dudley scored four goals and senior Morgan Macko had five points as Brother Rice downed its Catholic League foe on the final stage for the third straight year.

“You don’t ever wanna be the one to let that streak down,” said third-year Brother Rice coach Ajay Chawla, who helped the program maintain its unbeaten string since lacrosse was sanctioned by the MHSAA in 2005. “There’s a lot of expectations.

“We knew we were going to have a dogfight on our hands.”

They did because C.C. sophomore Peter Thompson scored four goals and goalie Hunter Braun made 13 saves — including several key stops from point-blank range — to keep the game within reach.

It was tied at 5 in the mid-stages of the third quarter. But that’s when Macko, who is signed with Division I Bellarmine (Kentucky) for next season, took control with three assists in a 2-minute, 15-second span.

“Big players make big plays,” said Chawla, who did not lose a game to a Michigan team this season and is ranked No. 23 nationally by the USA Today Super 25. “When you’re a leader like that, you’ve gotta take over the offense.

“He’s the best player in Michigan — and showed why today.”

Collin Burgin and Brennan Kamish each scored twice, and Rocco Mularoni had three assists for C.C. (17-5).

Ryan Scott and Daniel Reaume had two goals apiece for Brother Rice (21-2).

C.C. scored twice in a 28-second span to trim the Brother Rice lead to a goal with 3:52 left in the third. But Macko scored 1 minute, 27 seconds later — and surpassed the 70-goal mark in the process — which proved to be the winner.

It’s the sixth time Brother Rice beat C.C. in its 12-year title run, but it was the closest margin yet.

“From our perspective, it’s not a matter of if, it’s just a matter of when,” C. C. coach Dave Wilson said. “We will carry on.”

Division 2

Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central 10, East Grand Rapids 6: Bryce Clay scored three goals and Tanner Hallock scored twice as Forest Hills Central (20-2) pulled away with a five-goal fourth quarter.

Hub Hejna had three goals and two assists and Ben Keller scored twice for East Grand Rapids (15-6).