Morristown improves to 5-0 with rainy day victory

By Mark Kitchin

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MORRISTOWN – At one point it was so wet and rainy on Tuesday afternoon that some of the Morristown players tried to sneak under the tent set up to keep the scorer’s table dry.

The coaches didn’t allow them to stay very long but considering their success the Colonials shouldn’t be too anxious to dry off. They seem to play well in practically all conditions.

Doug Goss, Kyle Goss and Brad Hersh each fired hat tricks to lift Morristown to a 12-5 victory over Morris Knolls in a game played on Morristown High’s turf field.

Stephen DeLargy added a goal and five assists for the Colonials which improve to 5-0. Mike Campman and Schuyler Nyegaard scored two goals each for the Golden Eagles (2-2).

Morristown started off slow and held a 4-2 lead at the half under a steady rain that was occasionally whipped by heavy winds. The Colonials shrugged off the weather conditions and pulled away with a 4-0 third-quarter run to take a commanding 8-2 lead.

“I love playing in weather like this,’’ defenseman Alec Schunk said. “I like it better than the sun. I love playing here. More people can see us play than here than at Frelinghuysen and we love the turf.’’

Morristown midfielder Conor Dolan winds up to take a shot during the Colonials victory on Tuesday.

It was the Colonials second game on their home artificial turf field this year. They are becoming more comfortable on the school’s year-old football field surface, since they are holding more practices at the high school instead of on the Frelinghuysen School grass. It was a hook up between Schunk and Doug Goss that helped get Morristown going in the second half. Schunk’s takeaway of a Morris Knolls pass helped set up his teammate and give Morristown a 3-goal lead four minutes into the third quarter.

“I was playing off my man and I saw the eyes (of the passer),’’ Schunk said. “I thought about going down to score but I saw Doug on the crease.’’

Schunk raced past the midfield line and found the senior attackman in open space on the doorstep of the goal.

“I was open and there was no pressure putting it in,’’ Goss said.

The time to step up has come for Goss whose brother Kyle has been a four-year mainstay in the midfield. He’s earned more playing time recently since another Colonials attackman Ross Blanchard, has been out since the opening-game victory over Mount Olive because of a concussion.

“I’ve been working hard,’’ Goss said. “Our offense has a lot of balance and my teammates Hersh and DeLargy and of course Kyle really know how to spread the ball around.’’

Morristown defenseman Alec Schunk keeps pace with Morris Knolls’ Eric Schaefer during Tuesday’s contest.

Goss would score again on a crease roll and Delargy and freshman Brian Begley would connect on feeds in front of the crease to build the Morristown advantage to 8-2 going into the final period.

Meanwhile the Morristown defense shut out Morris Knolls for a 20-minute span ranging from the second to the fourth quarter. They did it without the presence of starting defender David Levine who missed the game due to illness. Junior Mat Drake, freshman Andres Rodriguez and several other defenders in the rotation stepped up their play. They also had another sold game from veteran keeper Gordy Pierce. He made five saves and kept the ball out of the Colonials’ net most of the day.

Morristown maintained a 5 or 6-goal margin most of the second half. The expectations for the Colonials program have increased in the past few years. The Colonials are no longer doormats and wins aren’t just encouraged — they are expected. So far Morristown is performing up to expectations but the season has just begun.

A Morristown athlete tries to escape with the ball on a faceoff but his opponent from Morris Knolls is there to stop him. 

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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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