It’s a new year for Delbarton

By Mark Kitchin

Morriscountylacrosse

MADISON – A year can make a tremendous difference in high school sports. Delbarton provided proof on Wednesday with a 16-8 thrashing of Madison High on Madison’s turf field.

Senior attackman Clay Haarman scored four goals and Jack Malloy fired a hat trick for Delbarton which improved to 3-1 on the season. The Green Wave took control early by scoring seven of the first eight goals to take a commanding first-quarter lead it would never relinquish.

Chad Smith and Colin McLinden scored two goals apiece for Madison which drops to 0-5 on the season.

It was only last May when Delbarton was stunned by Madison 6-5 on that very same Madison High turf in the Morris County Tournament semifinals. There were players on both teams that remember that game well.

“Yesterday, we were talking about people who experienced that loss and how it was tough for them,’’ Delbarton midfielder Anthony Heaton said. “We have a few friends (from Madison) who were still talking about it. We didn’t have a chip on our shoulders but we knew that some of them were still gloating about it. We came out today a little extra motivated and put it away.’’

Delbarton’s Michael Bicknese battles a Madison defenseman for the ball during Wednesday’s contest.

Delbarton’s only loss this year was a tight 8-6 contest to St. Anthony’s of Long Island in their season opener. They have prepared for this season by re-dedicating themselves to the team and Delbarton’s demanding standards.

“It’s a good adjustment for us,’’ Delbarton defenseman Spenser Huston said. “Just because we have Delbarton on our chest it doesn’t mean were going to win games. This year we know we have to work for our wins.”

Offensively, they were quick and efficient. On Tuesday, Haarman and Malloy combined for five of the first seven goals of the game to put the Madison defenders back on their heals.

The Delbarton defensemen see the attack players every day and are impressed at the way their teammates’ skills have progressed.

One of Haarman’s abilities is being able to get off quality shots with either hand

“Clay is coming off a back injury coming into the season,’’ Huston said. “He’s just the shiftiest guy on the team.’’

Delbarton’s Clay Haarman pushes it to the goal with a Madison defender in hot pursuit.

Cornell-bound Malloy, who scored the first two goals of the game, is very active in the Green Wave offensive scheme.

 “Jack is basically the quarterback of our offense,’’ Heaton said. “He’s a steady hand. When things are out of control he’ll pull it out and re-share it. That’s good to have with a young offense.’’

Cole Ricciardi (11) and Clay Haarman (2) celebrate a first-half Delbarton goal.

Delbarton built its lead to 10-2 with 6:32 left in the third quarter before Madison matched it goal for goal the rest of the contest. The Delbarton defenders were a little disappointed at some of their lapses. A date with out-of-state rival Georgetown Prep looms and the Green Wave will not have many opportunities to coast against the talented Maryland opponent. The win against Madison proved as another confidence boost and a chance to prove that this is a new year.

“We’re just trying to figure things out on the offensive and defensive end,’’ defenseman Jack Breit said. “We’re looking to progress more and more where hopefully we can do well at the end of the season.’’

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

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