Mt. Lakes and Kinnelon ready for MCT battle

By Mark Kitchin


Who would have thought that the 25th edition of the boys lacrosse Morris County tournament would end up with the two teams that started it all? Perhaps it was only the players on Mountain Lakes and Kinnelon teams that could turn such a dream into reality.

The Lakers and the Colts renew their old rivalry when they square off on Tuesday in a 7:30 p.m. start on the turf field on the campus of FDU-Florham.

Mountain Lakes, a third seed, toppled second-seeded and defending champion Delbarton 10-8 to return to the final. Kinnelon, a fifth seed, upset No. 1 seeded Chatham10-9 to get to the title game.

The Lakers are looking for their 12th overall MCT title which would put them a championship up on Delbarton which tied them in titles last year.

Expect more scrambles like the one that Kinnelon’s Steve Landsburg (10) encountered on Tuesday in the MCT final.

In Saturday’s semifinal at Madison High, Mountain Lakes rallied from a 5-3 halftime deficit. Jon Broome had three goals and two assists. Rob Orazietti had two goals and two assists and Mike Sanzone had a goal and an assist and goalkeeper Jared Bernstein stopped 15 shots to pace the 11-3 Lakers.

Jack Clarke and Grant Van Fossen had two goals apiece to pace Delbarton.

The win helped the Lakers gain a little revenge from the devastating 17-7 loss they suffered against the Green Wave on April 21. The Mountain Lakes players were visibly embarrassed that day and no doubt worked hard to get their revenge. Overall, the Lakers have had a solid run through the MCT. They handled Morristown-Beard, 10-2, in the opening round and sixth-seeded Montville, which is having one of its best years in some time, by an 11-6 tally.

Mountain Lakes is hoping to do a lot more celebrating in today’s MCT final to be played at FDU-Florham.

The Colts haven’t advanced to the title game since they faced Madison in 2010. The only time they had ever traveled to the final was in 1988 when they shocked the Lakers behind the efforts of MVP goalie Ken Kane.

Kinnelon (9-7) passed Chatham with an emotional fourth-quarter rally. The Colts trailed 7-4 going into the final period and scored six fourth-quarter goals. Kobi Frankel had four goals and two assists, Brian Gnad had three goals and two assists and Robert Lewis had three goals for Kinnelon.

Sam Carson had two goals and four assists for the Cougars. It was the second consecutive year that Chatham suffered a gut wrenching, one-goal loss in the semifinals. Last year they fell toMountain Lakes in a buzzer-beater scored by Broome.

The Colts advanced to the title game by topping Randolph 13-2 in opening round play and then handling fourth-seeded Mount Olive 14-9 in quarterfinal round action. Kinnelon has played Mountain Lakes once this year. On their home field, the Lakers topped the Colts 13-6 on April 25. It was Mountain Lakes’ bounce back win off its Delbarton loss.

A patient but efficient offense would go a long way for the Colts in their quest for a third MCT title in the history of the boys lacrosse program.

The contest was a 7-6 game late in the third quarter before the Lakers pulled away. Jon Broome scored five goals that day and Rob Orazietti added four for the Lakers. A two-goal, two assist effort by Kobi Frankel paced the Colts.


About mcvbb

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

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