Brother Rice wins 11th straight lacrosse state title

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.

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