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Country Day makes statement with 10-3 win over Catholic Central WITH PHOTO GALLERY

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Lacrosse - Boys - 4/5/2016 7 p.m.

Novi Detroit Catholic Central 3
Birmingham Detroit Country Day 10
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NOVI – After suffering a pair of out-of-state defeats this past weekend, the Birmingham Detroit Country Day boys lacrosse team didn’t have much time to lick its wounds.

The Yellowjackets had to hit the road on Tuesday to face Novi Detroit Catholic Central, the team that handed them a 14-13 loss in last year’s Division 1 state semifinals.

Country Day didn’t appear bothered by its recent losses, as it quickly established a lead on the Shamrocks and never looked back on its way to a 10-3 victory.

“It was good for us to have that trip and play those teams,” Country Day coach Michael Cappelletti said of last week’s losses to New Trier and Culver Academy. “It was like swinging two bats in the on-deck circle. It just got us really ready for the games ahead and let our kids know where they stand. We have a talented group that works hard, so I think they took the weekend results as a challenge to get better and that played into what you saw (Tuesday).”

Country Day (2-2) scored the first two goals of the game as Cooper Belanger and Brendan Dolan found the net in the first five minutes.

With the early lead, Country Day then kept the Shamrocks from getting on track thanks to a strong defensive effort and even stronger play from goalie Jackson White.

White made numerous saves early and that sparked the Yellowjackets to a 5-2 halftime lead.

“Everyone on the team just feels like when Jackson plays like this, the amount of confidence it gives the guys in incredible,” Cappelletti said. “He showed up (Tuesday). That’s the Jackson we all know, we are just really happy for him to show up like this in a big early-season game. There’s no one on the team that cares more about his team than Jackson.”

In the third, Country Day scored two goals while being at least one man down. Belanger scored both of the goals, with the second one coming while the Jackets were two men down.

“Cooper is so heady and so smart. He is like having a coach on the field,” Cappelletti said. “He’s an incredible leader and that is why he is going to play Division-1 lacrosse at Colgate.”

The third quarter also saw the Shamrocks (2-1) make a number of turnovers as their inability to score seemed to throw them off.

“When you play competitive athletics, you are going to have good days and bad days. I think it was fairly obvious that we had a bad day,” Catholic Central coach Dave Wilson said. “We played a really good team and we can’t make the mistakes we did against a team like Country Day.”

Belanger finished with five goals and two assists to lead Country Day while Dolan had two, Owen Sappington had a pair and Dylan Prime added one.

Rocco Mularoni had two goals for the Shamrocks while Andrew Caris had the third.

“We have a lot of talent, but we are really young in some areas,” Wilson said. “We have the ability to put some points on the board, but the season is a process and we need to respect the process. I think we were flat-footed (Tuesday) and just got caught watching a lot.”

The Shamrocks look to get back on track on Thursday when they travel to Brighton while Country Day will host U-D Jesuit on Thursday.

Last Updated: 4/5/2016 11:18:16 PM EST


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