Hot goalie eliminates Mountain Lakes from states

By Mark Kitchin

Morriscountylacrosse

MOUNTAIN LAKES– Every time Glen Ridge goalie Shane Doss made a save, the heads of the Mountain Lakes players dropped just a little bit lower. The Ridgers goalie was hot and the Lakers couldn’t do anything to cool him off.

James Smith scored four goals and Doss made 14 saves including a few spectacular ones in Glen Ridge’s 10-4 triumph over Mountain Lakes in Group I state semifinal action on Saturday.

Nick Spillatro and Brad D’Allesandro had two goals apiece for the Ridgers who will face Summit in the Group I finals next week.

Eric Dircks scored twice and Mike Sammaro and Dylan Muti added goals for the Lakers. Mountain Lakes did have some scoring opportunities but its shooters were not accurate enough to get the ball past Doss to avenge last year’s Group I title loss to Glen Ridge.

Mountain Lakes’ Rob Orazietti was swamped nearly every time he touched the ball. Glen Ridge shut down the Lakers consistent scorer.

“He played really well,’’Mountain Lakes attackman Jon Broome said. “I thought we could have shot better but they were the better team today.’’

Mountain Lakes’ coach Tim Flynn also was frustrated by the team’s poor shooting. The Lakers’ inability to get it past Doss kept the home team from rallying.

 “He did (make great saves) but we have to shoot better,’’ Flynn said. “We had some nice looks and we didn’t bury them when we had to.’’

Doss credits the team’s tough man-to-man defense for allowing him the opportunity to stop the ball and keep the Lakers off the scoreboard

Glen Ridge keeper Shane Doss has made a college commitment to Notre Dame. He also made some tough stops on Saturday.

“The defense did a really good job of giving them low angle shots and staying on their hands so they couldn’t get anything wide open,’’ Doss said. “We thought if we backed down the middle and dropped in the crease it would force them to take shots from the outside.’’

The Ridgers kept the Lakers from getting opportunities in close. From the outside, Doss was able to pick off some of Mountain Lakes’ hardest offerings.

“It was one of my better days definitely,’’ said Doss, who made a commitment to Notre Dame in January.

John Winchell was important in stopping the Laker’s Rob Orazietti from gaining opportunities near the net. Eric Prezioso, Marcus Cunningham, Michael Lloyd also did a great job matching up and hustling for ground balls to give the Ridgers extra possession on the hot Mountain Lakes turf.

“I would not believe you if you told me before the game that we were going to hold them to four goals,’’ Doss said. “We just focused on our man to man match ups and did a great job shutting them down.’’

A pair of D’Allesandro goals helped spot the Ridgers a 4-1 halftime advantage. Mike Sammaro’s second-quarter score put the Lakers on the board. Despite the deficit, Mountain Lakes was confident that they could connect on their second-half opportunities and get back in the game.

“We thought we could just come back in the second half with more intensity but it just didn’t work out,’’ Broome said.

Muti zipped a righty shot into the top right corner of the net to make it 4-2 with 10:28 left in the third quarter and the Lakers seemed to be on their way. However, back-to-back goals by Nick Spitolatto and Smith gave the Ridgers a four-goal lead midway through the quarter. Dircks got an unassisted tally with 5:11 left to make it 6-3 and give the Lakers hope.

Dylan Muti launches a shot. He scored the final goal of his Lakers varsity career in the third quarter of Saturday’s game.

Mountain Lakes looked to capitalize after that. It won the draw and put its next four shots on goal. Doss was up to the task and stopped them all including a hard low shot by Muti which seemed headed for the back of the net.

Glen Ridge administered a back-breaking goal with 11 seconds left in the period when Joey Salvatelli stuffed in a D’Allesandro feed to make it 7-3 going into the final period.

The Lakers showed a lot of resiliency this season but that was when the Morris County champs determination seemed to finally run dry.

“We hit a very rough patch in the middle of the season,’’ Flynn said of his team. “I give them a lot of credit for having the right kind of attitude to keep pushing it as far as we could possibly go. … I respect their resiliency — their attitude coming forward. We won another county title and they were pushing the entire season.’’

The season ended for the Lakers a quarter later and they weren’t happy about it.

“This is not fun,’’ Broome said. “Looking back on the season and how hard we worked to achieve our goals, I’m sure I’ll be happier than I am right now.’’

Mountain Lakes’ Jon Broome (18) congratulates Mike Sammaro (1) on a second-quarter goal during the state tournament Group I semifinal.

Other state tournament group semifinal scores

 Non Public A

Delbarton 14, St. Augustine Prep 9 – The Green Wave pulled away with five consecutive unanswered goals in the fourth quarter in Morris Twp. Austin Williams won 22 of 24 draws.  Matt Killian scored three goals and Jack Clarke, Sean Donnelly, Kevin Lewis and Grant VanFossen notched two goals apiece. The Green Wave will face Don Bosco Prep next.

Group II

Chatham 7, Hopewell Valley 2 – The Cougars led 5-1 at the half and controlled tempo the rest of the way in Chatham. David Gill scored three goals, Sam Carson had two goals and one assist and Cory Heideran connected twice for Chatham (15-6). The Cougars face Somerville, an 11-4 winner over Seneca, in the Group II final.

Group III

Morristown 14, Mount Olive 7 – A six-goal third quarter was the key to pushing the Colonials ahead of the Marauders in Mount Olive Twp. Morristown’s 6-1 third-quarter run helped it to a 10-5 lead going into the final period. Tyler McEvoy and Chris Sanchez scored two goals each for the favored Marauders. Morristown will face Ridgewood, an 11-5 winner over Montgomery.

 Non Public B

Montclair Kimberley Academy 12, Morristown-Beard 5 – MKA took control with a 5-1 first quarter burst in, Montclair. Teddy Hatfield and Tom Rago scored two goals each for the Crimson which defeated last year’s champ Immaculata in an earlier round. Mark Phillips had four goals and three assists for MKA.

 

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

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