Members of the Birmingham Brother Rice lacrosse team celebrate with the trophy after winning the Division 1 state final against Novi Detroit Catholic Central June 8 at Parker Middle School. The win capped a perfect 23-0 season for the Warriors.

Members of the Birmingham Brother Rice lacrosse team celebrate with the trophy after winning the Division 1 state final against Novi Detroit Catholic Central June 8 at Parker Middle School. The win capped a perfect 23-0 season for the Warriors.

Photo by Donna Agusti


Glod’s last second goal gives Brother Rice D-1 crown

By: Jacob Herbert | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published June 8, 2019

 Brother Rice's Justin Glod holds the ball in a D-1 state final game against Detroit Catholic Central. Glod's game winner with one second to play secured Rice's 14-13 victory.

Brother Rice's Justin Glod holds the ball in a D-1 state final game against Detroit Catholic Central. Glod's game winner with one second to play secured Rice's 14-13 victory.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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HOWELL — It had been a back-and-forth game that saw both teams string together multiple goals at a time. After Novi Detroit Catholic Central’s Joey Kamish scored his sixth goal of the game to put the Shamrocks up 13-12 with 2:29 to play, Birmingham Brother Rice’s undefeated season and Division 1 state title hopes hung in the balance June 8 at Parker Middle School.

Rice had fallen the year before to DCC, and the last year was spent more motivated than ever to get back to the final and come away with a different result. It was the seniors who led the comeback efforts, and it was senior Justin Glod who scored the game-winner with one second to play to give Rice a 14-13 victory and the state title.

“We knew we had to put it in Glod’s hands,” Rice coach Ajay Chawla said. “He’s been there before. He’s a senior, a leader and a hell of a good player. You guys saw what happened, it was awesome.”

Glod scored both the tying and game-winning goal in the last two minutes of play. The senior finished the game with four goals.

“I went into shock pretty quickly.” Glod said. “I turned back at the crowd and put my hands up. It was probably the best feeling in the world.”

The win also helps Rice capture its most sought after goal this year in an undefeated season. The Warriors finish the season a perfect 23-0.

During a practice on a sunny April afternoon, Rice captain James Donaldson said the team’s main goal, above all else, was to finish with an undefeated season. A Catholic High School League title and a state title would all be byproducts.

“It’s a sweet victory because it led us to an undefeated season,” Chawla said. “That was our goal from the first day we stepped on the field. We talked about all our other goals last year. It was Catholic Leagues and it was a state final. Our senior leadership came together this year, and they said they had one goal and it’s an undefeated season. When you can realize your goals there’s, something really special about that.”

At the end of the first quarter, the Warriors trailed 6-2, but there was no panic on the bench. Rice has become a mainstay in the D-1 state final, qualifying for the game ever since it gained recognition from the Michigan State High School Athletic Association in 2005. Last year was the Warriors' only loss in the final.

That was the conversation surrounding the team at the first break.

“We’ve been here before, and we’ve been down before. It’s not something that scares us,” Chawla said. “That’s what we talked about. We’ve been here, we’re the better team and we know what to do in these situations.”

The Warriors went on to score five straight goals to take a 7-6 lead. Each team would score seven more goals to close the game. Glod’s last-second goal completed a year long mission and put Rice back on top of the D-1 lacrosse world.

“It’s been an incredible ride,” Glod said. “Ever since the last state championship we were back to work the next day. We had this in mind the whole year. We knew we were going to get back here and we knew we had to do everything to win this game and it happened.”

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