Girls Lacrosse MCT Opening Round Preview

By Mark Kitchin


 Girls Lacrosse Morris County Tournament preview

The preliminary games of the Morris County Tournament went according to plan during the week as St. Elizabeth, Park Regional and Pequannock all suffered first round knockouts to higher seeded opponents. The opening round of the tournament offers some intriguing games but also some familiar matchups since Randolph-Morris Knolls and Roxbury-West Morris are obviously teams that know each other well. The Villa Walsh-Morristown game also has that cross-town rivalry feel to it. One game has already been played. Kinnelon defeated Montville 12-8 on Wednesday. The ninth-seeded Colts will play the winner of Mendham-Mount Olive next week. Six of the remaining seven games are scheduled for either 9 or 10 a.m. at the site of the higher seed but check the schools for confirmation in case there are late changes.

One wrinkle in the schedule should be an an entertaining doubleheader in Madison where the boys will host Kinnelon in a regular-season rematch of last year’s MCT final at 9 a.m. followed by the girls MCT game between Madison and Morris Catholic tentatively scheduled for 11:45.

No. 16 Mount Olive at No. 1 Mendham – Now, considered one of New Jersey’s elite teams, Mendham features exceptional ability to score with Nicole Graziano and Aly Messinger on the trigger. They are also sharp on the defensive end, too despite having some inexperience in spots. Mount Olive is coming off a thrilling 9-8 win over Pequannock in preliminary action on Thursday. Kirstie Lovates scored the game-winner with 1:30 left for the Marauders.

No. 12 Randolph at No. 5 Morris Knolls –Camille Rosellini does it on the offensive end and Kayla Delgado keeps it out of the net for Morris Knolls. In between the Golden Eagles have a lot of talent and are determined to be mentioned in the same breath as the county’s other elite teams. The Rams have shown improvement in recent weeks. They are coming off a stunning 9-8 come-from-behind win over Roxbury on Thursday that will give them a bit of confidence.

No. 13 Roxbury at No. 4 West Morris – Roxbury advanced from the preliminaries with an 18-7 rout of Morris Hills. Kellie Kucinsky scored five goals and Danielle Wilk had four goals for the Gaels (2-6). Roxbury has some firepower but the Wolfpack is finding their form, too. Emily Delaney and Carly Shello are tireless players. Maggie Underdahl deserves more credit for her play on the defensive end.

No. 14 Jefferson at No. 3 Chatham – The Falcons defeated Academyof St. Elizabeth 13-4 to advance past the preliminary round. Emily Scognamiglio had the hat trick for the 8-1 team that has had an outstanding first half of the season. However Jefferson’s ride ends here. The Cougars are just too powerful. Jaclyn Leto, Kelsey Perselay, Kate Murphy, Kallan Murphy and goalie Hannah Reader will just be too much for the upstart Falcons to handle.

No. 11 Morristown at No. 6 Villa Walsh –The contest has a cross-town rivalry feel and both teams are fighting for respect within the county. The Vikings are having one of their best years ever. Jen Racanelli and Ali Catizone are bringing some of the school’s soccer success to the lacrosse field. Younger players like Taylor Medd and Candace Pallito are also making an impact, especially on the offensive end. Emily Goss has been a key offensive cog for the Colonials. Morristownalso has talented keeper Kai Murphy between the pipes.

No. 10 Morris Catholic at No. 7 Madison –The combination of Tara Sobierajski and Natalie Migoya is usually a lethal one. Whether they play soccer or lacrosse for the Crusaders they seem to work on mental telepathy and both know how to finish on the offensive end. Christina Nassany is another Morris Catholic player with boundless energy. They will have to work hard to get the ball from Madison’s Alli Helwig. The Dodgers center is strong on the draw and is always a threat to take it down field and score on transition. Emily Rutland is another dangerous player for Madisonand goalkeeper Shannon Sweeney can be stingy in the net.

 No. 15 Morristown-Beard at No. 2 Mountain Lakes –The Crusaders bested Park Regional 13-3 for the honor of facing the Lakers. Lizzie Pellicane scored five times and Alix Shulman and Carolyn Chambers had two goals each for Morristown-Beard. The Lakers will be tough to beat. Ingrid Hermanson, Grace Newfrock and Hallie Walker are all talented scorers that like to set the tempo for the game.


About mcvbb

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

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