GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Another spring, but the same result.
Birmingham Brother Rice overcame an early deficit and battled back to defeat Grand Rapids Forest Hills Eastern-Northern, 14-10, to earn its 11th straight lacrosse state championship Saturday in East Grand Rapids.
Brother Rice has now won the Division 1 lacrosse crown every year since the Michigan High School Athletic Association sanctioned the sport in 2005, and won twice in a row before then.
Forest Hills got into an offensive rhythm early and jumped to a 3-0 lead, but Brother Rice junior Jason Alessi scored two goals in less than two-minutes. Alessi finished the game with six goals and six assists.
Brother Rice continued to pour on the offensive attack, exploding for seven goals in the second and outscored Forrest Hills 3-2 in the third before trading goals in the fourth period.
Brother Rice hasn't lost to an in-state opponent since 2002.