Strong second half sparks Montville past Randolph

By Mark Kitchin


RANDOLPH — Jake Haimson scored four goals and Niko Delmauro fired a hat trick to lift Montville to a 12-8 triumph over Randolph in boys lacrosse action on Wednesday.

Ryan O’Lear added two goals and an assist and Brian McCormack added a goal and three assists for the Mustangs (6-1). Kevin Faber scored four goals and Kevin Terebecke added a pair of goals for the Rams (1-6).

The contest was tied 6-6 midway through the third quarter when the Mustangs began to pull away. Consecutive goals by McCormack, Haimson and Delmauro helped Montville open up a 9-6 advantage early in the fourth period.  

Montville’s Kevin Wolfson (3) gains control of the ball but Randolph defenseman Brian Kube (34) is on his heals.

“We were overanxious coming off a Rizk Division game yesterday,’’ Montville coach Rick Debonta said. “It was just a matter of getting our heads into it and getting into the game pretty much. They might have been a little lagging because this is the first time we had to go back to back this year.’’

 One thing that has not been lagging has been the ability of the Montville attack to provide some offensive punch. The Mustangs trio of Haimson, O’Lear and Brian McCormack had seven goals and five assists on Wednesday. While Haimson and O’Lear are considered more finesse players, McCormack is more physical and tough to knock off the ball on his dodges to the goal.

“All three of them are very good, all three of them can finish,’’ DeBonta said. “The thing that is great about them is they have a nice chemistry. They are playing for each other. I don’t think they are looking to score any more than anyone else. Make the extra pass and help each other out.’’

Montville’s Ryan O’Lear is one of the many contributors to the Mustangs’ offensive machine.

There were two stretches in which the Montville offense helped gain some distance against a hungry Randolph team. Consecutive goals by McCormack, Haimson and midfielder Delmauro helped Montville open up a 9-6 advantage with 11:07 left in the game. Two of those scores were helped by fine faceoff work by sophomore Jake Drexl and his wingmen which got the Mustangs the possession they need.

“They never gave up,’’ DeBonta said. “As soon as we felt the tide turn a little bit we came up with the ball. Drexl is a sophomore and he’s been coming up big for us.’’

 A determined Randolph team made one last push with back-to-back scores by Kevn Faber and Eric Smith. Smith’s shot hit the low left corner with 7:28 to make it a 9-8 game. After winning a faceoff the Rams called time out but they could not capitalize on the momentum

Randolph defenseman John Mumbelli uses leverage to strip Montville’s Brendan Cassagnol of the ball.

Senior goalkeeper Ben Laub stepped up to make a save. The Mustangs would eventually gain possession and take a two-goal advantage on a Haimson goal off a McCormack pass at 5:36 to make it 10-8. On the goal scoring play, a Randolph player was penalized for slashing which left the Rams a man down for one minute. O’Lear’s man-up score made it a 3-goal game. Randolph never recovered and Delmauro connected for a hat trick with 3:51 left to complete the scoring.

“This is the best start we’ve had in some time,’’ DeBonta said. “We have really good kids. They work for each other.’’








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

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