Delbarton prepares for T of C quarterfinals

By Mark Kitchin

Morriscountylacrosse

And then there was one.

Delbarton, the Morris County Tournament champion, is appropriately the last Morris County team standing in state tournament play. The Green Wave has been seeded fourth and they will host fifth-seeded Glen Ridge in the quarterfinal round of the Tournament of Champions in a 1 p.m. contest at Basilone Field in Bridgewater on Saturday. The winner will move on to face top-seeded Summit in the semifinal round.

The contest will be followed by another quarterfinal round game between sixth-seeded Moorestown and third-seeded Bridgewater-Raritan. The winner will play second-seeded Immaculata. Both semifinal round games will be played at Kean University in Union next Wednesday.

After allowing two early scores, Delbarton connected for eight consecutive goals on the way to a 10-4 victory over St. Augustine Prep on Thursday.

Defenseman Jack Breit scored three consecutive goals to help spark the rally and give the Green Wave the Non Public A title after a year’s hiatus. They received a scare against St. Joseph’s Metuchen in the opening round of the tournament but seem to be right on track going into the T of C.

“We started really slow in that game and it took us until the end to pull it out,’’ Haarmann said. “I don’t know if we were well prepared for that game. It was a lesson and it has helped put us in the right direction for the rest of the season.’’

The Green Wave has been getting good offensive balance and attackmen Clay Haarmann, Patrick Foley and Jack Malloy have been essential in spreading the attack. The midfield has been consistent. John Shaffer, Peter McMullen and Anthony Heaton are among the more active midfielders. Breit, Spencer Huston and sophomore Will Reynolds support sophomore goalkeeper John Schissler in a defense that might bend at times but does not break.

Delbarton was warming up for their game as it watched Mountain Lakes nearly catch GlenRidge in Thursday’s Group I final. The Ridgers prevailed 9-8 but not before the Lakers and Tim LaBeau gave them a scare. LaBeau, a senior midfielder, connected for Mountain Lakes with eight seconds remaining in the game and then won the opening faceoff on a foul, but the clock wasn’t stopped when he was awarded the ball. Time would eventually run out on the effort and the Ridgers program earned their first state title.

Glen Ridge has a balanced attack, too. Attackmen Matt Lander and Gabe Senkiw and midfielder Colin Goldstein were among the players to build a 7-2 advantage in the third quarter before the Lakers came roaring back. Matt McMahon, Zach Doss and Pat Johnston compose the Ridgers long sticks and Mac Davis made some sensational saves in goal forGlen Ridge on Thursday. Despite the pressure Mountain Lakes put on Glen Ridge, the Ridgers didn’t panic, kept their composure and survived the threat.

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

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