Morristown routs Mo-Beard to vault over .500 mark

By Mark Kitchin

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MORRISTOWN –The Morristown Colonials are in a sloppy place but a good place at this point in the lacrosse season.

They still make some head-scratching mistakes and ill-advised passes at times but playing tougher competition seems to be helping them become a better team on the field.

Sophomore Brian Begley had a hat trick and Stephen DeLargy had two goals and two assists to help Morristown High dispatch Morristown-Beard 12-3 in a misty afternoon contest on the Morristown High turf on Thursday.

Brad Hersh, Conor Dolan and Kyle Wimley each added two goals for the Colonials to improve their record to 6-5. Morristown-Beard dropped to 3-6 on the season.

Morristown took control early and led 5-0 at halftime thanks to two goals apiece Begley and Wimley. It wasn’t a pristine victory but the Colonials were happy to settle things early in order to begin preparing for its contest with traditional power Ridgewood on Friday. Against the Maroons, they know they won’t be able to get away with mistakes and sloppy play.

Morristown defenseman Andres Rodriguez keeps in step with a Morristown-Beard attackman during Thursday’s game.

“We have to clean up the slop and stay in the good,’’Morristown coach Jeff Bigas said. “You never look past a game like (Morristown-Beard). They are a town rival. You know both teams are going to come to play. We had some nice chances early. We made some nice saves early.’’

Friday’s game will be a good measuring stick in determining whether Morristown’s move to a tougher division translates into stronger overall play and a chance to push deeper into county and state tournaments this year.

“We’ve beefed up our schedule,’’ Bigas said. “With our old schedule we would have a 10-1 or 9-2 kind of record. We’ve been tested. Ridgewood is always one of the best teams in the state. It will be just another really good test for us.’’

The Crimson and Colonials scrap for a ground ball in first half action on Thursday.

Goals by Begley and Wimley set the offensive tone of the game. Wimley is a versatile senior who is making good use of his time this season. 

“He has been chomping at the bit to get on the field,’’ Bigas said. “We’re glad to see him putting some goals in. He deserves it. I have him playing midfield and attack, basically wherever we need him.’’

Begley made inroads on the varsity level as a freshman last year. His growing confidence and experience has made him an increasingly dangerous scoring threat in Morristown’s offensive arsenal.

“He’s really stepping up,’’ Bigas said. “He’s a guy we can rely on. When he gets the ball, the whole team knows that he can go right or left. The guys believe in him which is nice for a sophomore. The guys have his back and the coaches believe in him. He’s a good player and he’s going to keep on getting better.’’

Kyle Wimley (14) is playing a big role in the Morristown offense this season. He sparked the Colonials with two early goals.

The defense with returnees Matt Drake and Andres Rodriguez helped shut down the Crimson for more than three quarters. The Colonials also have confidence in starting goalkeeper Parker Fairey, a three-year backup who performed well in several competitive contests last year.

“He’s a senior and he’s been playing terrific,’’ Bigas said. “When Gordie (Pierce) was having a tough time seeing the ball last year, we felt good putting him in. … His role has changed. Now we rely on him from the start to the end.’’

Morristown’s Conor Dolan (1) pushes the ball to the cage during first half action on Thursday.

The Colonials surrendered a few goals to the Crimson late in the fourth quarter but overall they took care of business. They can look forward to their next challenge with a winning record and a sense of anticipation.

 “We kind of kept our foot on the gas pedal,’’ Bigas said. “Now we can start to think about Ridgewood.’’

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

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