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Weather slows down, but doesn't stop Brother Rice against Brighton WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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  • Birmingham Brother Rice's Jason Alessi winds up for one of his four goals on Tuesday (Tom Tomich/Special to The Oakland Press)
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BIRMINGHAM – Nothing was going to stop Birmingham Brother Rice on Tuesday, not even the weather.

The Warriors had their Division 1 regional semifinal lacrosse match with Brighton delayed by an hour, but they eventually took the field, battled through some rain, and came out with an 11-6 win over the KLAA champions.

“That’s a good team that is well-coached, but we just found a way to come out on top,” Brother Rice coach Ajay Chawla said. “It was a good win for our team, but we have some things we can work on.”

The teams were all set to get started, but thunder rolled in as the national anthem played, forcing both squads into the locker room as a storm passed for an hour.

Once the game got started, it was Brighton (15-4) that came out strong, scoring the first two goals in game.

“When you go through a full warm up and are ready to go and then are stopped and made to wait an hour, it takes a little bit for the guys to get back up and ready to go,” Chawla said. “We have to learn to overcome adversity and handle adverse situations.”

The Warriors (16-4) quickly woke up and dominated possession for the remainder of the half. Brighton wouldn’t score for the last 19:40 of the period while Brother Rice peppered Brighton goalie Connor Konas with 36 shots.

Despite the number of shots, the Warriors had just five goals to show for it as they struggled to put many of their shots on goal.

“We just couldn’t find the net. It was a matter of us not taking good, position shots. We probably were a little excited. We are going to work a lot on shooting for Friday,” Chawla said. “We had 36 shots in the first half and only had five goals. We knew they were eventually going to fall, and they did.”

The Warriors would turn their 5-2 halftime lead to an 11-4 lead early in the fourth as shots begin to find the net. Jason Alessi had four goals and two assists to lead the Warriors while John Lockwood, Morgan Macko and Joe Dudley each scored twice.

Brighton was led by Benjamin Finnegan, who had three of the team’s six goals.

The Warriors advance to Friday’s regional championship match at Birmingham Seaholm. Brother Rice will face Troy at 7 p.m.

“We need to come out strong. We can’t get down early like we did (Tuesday),” Chawla said. “We have to find the goal and get the ball in the net.”

Last Updated: 5/27/2014 11:11:55 PM EST


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