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Lacrosse - Boys - 6/3/2016 6 p.m.

Birmingham Detroit Country Day 15
Brighton 9
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NORTH FARMINGTON – A few weeks ago, Birmingham Detroit Country Day boys lacrosse coach Michael Cappelletti didn’t know what to expect from his Yellowjackets.

The team was battling injuries and inconsistent on the field while suffering some uncharacteristic losses.

Now, things have turned around for Country Day, as wounds are healing and the team is looking more like it did early in 2016.

On Friday, Country Day captured a second consecutive Division 1 regional title when it defeated Brighton 15-9.

“We have almost everyone back and almost everyone at full strength, so I feel good,” Cappelletti said. “The guys that had been playing, but were hurt, were really close to being back at full strength and playing at a high level. We are feeling pretty good going into the semifinal.”

Friday’s win sets up a semifinal matchup with Novi Detroit Catholic Central on Wednesday. These two met very early in 2016, with the Jackets picking up a 10-3 road win. That contest was on April 5, which was a long time ago in the lacrosse world.

“They are a totally different team and we are a totally different team,” Cappelletti said of the matchup. “They are well-coached and they will have a great plan. Hopefully we will too and we bring our best to the field. I think our guys will be ready when it’s time to blow the whistle.”

In Friday’s quarterfinal, the Jackets (14-7) started fast, scoring the first five goals of the game while holding Brighton (16-3) scoreless for the entire opening period.

“We are usually a slow-starting team, so that was a nice change,” Cappelletti said. “I can’t really say why we were able to start so fast, but the game remained a five-goal game for most of the contest. I guess I am more upset that we weren’t able to pull away, but that’s a credit to Brighton.”

Brighton wouldn’t go away, cutting the Country Day lead down to three goals in the second period, but Country Day never allowed the Bulldogs to get any closer. The Yellowjackets’ offense continued to find the net, scoring at least three goals in each period on a Brighton team that hadn’t allowed 15 goals in a game all season.

“We put up 15 goals against a good, athletic defense, so I was proud of our guys for that,” Cappelletti said. “We moved the ball well and were hitting our shots.”

Cameron Barr led Country Day in the win with four goals while Tim Stebbins had three. Cooper Belanger had two goals with three assists while Brendan Dolan had two goals and two assists. Dylan Prime also scored twice while Owen Sappington and Jonathan Boos also found the net.

Last Updated: 6/3/2016 9:46:29 PM EST


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