ML-Delbarton is just like old MCT times

By Mark Kitchin

Morriscountylacrosse

Morris County Tournament semifinal preview

It’s going to seem just like old times.

Mountain Lakes and Delbarton will compete in the championship game of the Morris County Tournament for the 20th time in the 24th running of the oldest county tournament for boys lacrosse. The contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at FDU-Florham on Tuesday.

When they line up in the center of the field before the start of the game it will also be the first time the traditional rivals will play each other in 2011.

It took some nasty weather, including a tornado watch to keep the two teams apart in their only regular-season contest which will not be rescheduled because they do not play in the same division this year.

The last time they met in the MCT final was two years ago and the contest was a wild 11-10 battle with Delbarton coming out on top. The Lakers lead the Green Wave in tournament titles 11-10 and have always been up for the challenge at times when their MCT title advantage has been threatened.

MountainLakes’ return to this year’s final had a sense of justice to it. Last year, Mountain Lakes suffered a controversial loss against Kinnelon on a disputed goal in the final seconds. Jon Broome’s buzzer-beating goal against Chathamon Saturday eliminated some of those demons. 

A happy Laker belly flops into the pile after Mountain Lakes buzzer-beating win on Saturday.

Overall, the Lakers have been playing well and have won five games in a row since suffering back-to-back losses to Ridgewood and Don Bosco Prep. Their wins may not be dominating but Mountain Lakeshas showed that it doesn’t mind playing and winning in tough, tight games under bright lights.  

The Lakers’ first midfield draws a lot of attention. Greg Cuccinello, Tim LaBeau and Dylan Muti are the heart of a team. They are capable scorers and draw plenty of long sticks. Attackman like Broome, Bill Burgoyne and Andrew Portnoy have to stand up and pour in some goals. In recent games they have. Overall, the Lakers average 10.5 goals a game.

The Lakers have been tight defensively, allowing teams 4.8 goals a game.  Jeff Chang and Dan Badulato are key long sticks and Andrew Bolland has had a good season between the pipes.

Delbarton’s Jack Malloy (7) and a teammate have a much quieter goal celebration during Delbarton’s romp on Saturday.

The defense will have to be ready, especially if Delbarton’s attack can put up the numbers it usually does. It averages 11 goals a game. The Green Wave offense is patient and deliberate, capable of running an opposing team’s defense ragged and looking for mistakes to capitalize on. Clay Haarmann, Jack Malloy, Patrick Foley can pass and dodge as well as shoot. They seem interchangeable at times. Against an aggressive Morristown defense they built an early lead on the way to an 11-3 romp. Jamie White and Jack Clarke are expert at scooping up ground balls. Jack Breit, Will Reynolds and Spence Huston anchor a defense that has allowed an average of 7.4 goals a game, but over the last five contests they have limited opponents to five goals a game. John Schisler mans the net for the Green Wave.

What will decide the title game is what has decided all of the Delbarton-Mountain Lakes championship games of the past: possessions, especially from the face-off, mistakes and penalties, decisions made with the ball and accurate shooting.

As always get there early and get a good seat.

MCT Boys Lacrosse

Championship Game Results

1988 – Kinnelon 7, MountainLakes 4

1989 -Mountain Lakes 3, Delbarton 1

1990 -Mountain Lakes 9, Delbarton 4

1991 -Mountain Lakes 6, Delbarton 4

1992 – Delbarton 7, Mountain Lakes 2

1993 -Mountain Lakes 7, Delbarton 6

1994 – Delbarton 9, Mendham 5

1995 -Mountain Lakes 10, Mendham 8

1996 -Mountain Lakes 10, Delbarton 4

1997 – Delbarton 9, Mountain Lakes 8, OT

1998 – Delbarton 9, MountainLakes 8

1999 – Delbarton 8, Mountain Lakes 3

2000 -Mountain Lakes 8, Delbarton 6

2001 – Delbarton 7, Mountain Lakes 6

2002 -Mountain Lakes 5, Delbarton 4

2003   Mountain Lakes 7, Delbarton 6

2004 – Delbarton 8, MountainLakes 6

2005 -MountainLakes 6, Delbarton 5, OT

2006 – Delbarton 12,MountainLakes 8

2007 – Delbarton 13, Madison 2

2008 –MountainLakes 10, Delbarton 8

2009 – Delbarton 12, MountainLakes 11

2010 – Kinnelon 9, Madison 4

2011 – ???????????

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

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