Happy times, bittersweet feelings at Lacrosse Jamboree

By Mark Kitchin

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MADISON– Maggie Sinzer got robbed – but she didn’t get cheated.

The Mendham attack player was waiting to take a free position shot when time ran out on her in the first half.  She just smiled. She had plenty more opportunities and she made the most of them. Sinzer scored five goals to help her Vikings team defeat the Titans in one of four senior showcase lacrosse games at the New Jersey Lacrosse Jamboree which was held on the turf at Madison High School on Sunday.

The event hosted by the North and South Jersey chapters of U.S. Lacrosse brought seniors from all over the Garden State for one final fling at playing in front of their friends and families before heading off to summer pursuits and eventually college where they will either continue to compete or move on to other things.

Maggie Sinzer scored five goals and had one interesting moment in her showcase game at the Lacrosse Jamboree. Photo by Mark Kitchin

It is often a bittersweet moment as the players compete at the high school level one final time. The last time Sinzer left a lacrosse field, she was as disappointed as her teammates when Mendham lost to Moorestown in the Group III final. The showcase leaves her and most of the players competing with much better memories.

“It was quite the honor,’’ Sinzer said. “These girls are from everywhere and they are the best. It’s the top of the top. It was a lot of fun.

“It’s a sad game because it’s my last but it’s happy because we were able to celebrate it. Getting to play in the all-star game, we celebrated the things we got to do all year and all four years in high school. And we ended it on a win.’’

The Orange-clad Vikings were leading 8-3 and Sinzer was setting up for the free position  shot late in the first half and waiting for the whistle to take her turn when time ran out on her. All she could do was smile, drop the ball, shrug her shoulders and take a break with the rest of her giggling teammates.

“What was that,’’ Sinzer said. “That never happened to me before – ever. That was a first but its okay.’’

Mendham’s Sarah Gillespie (left) finds some room to run during her Lacrosse Jamboree contest. Photo by Mark Kitchin.

Carley Horan, Aly Messinger and Sarah Gillespie were also on hand for the Minutemen. Horan appreciated the opportunity to play with Columbia-bound Sinzer and her teammates one more time.

“Maggie came back from a really tough ACL injury,’’ Horan said. “We’re really proud of her for that and she was known for doing a lot of off-ball work. The average (lacrosse fan) may not recognize things like that.’’

As for the game itself, Horan, who will be a part of the fledgling USC program next year, appreciated one more chance to play in front of an appreciative New Jerseycrowd.

“I’ve never really played (an All-Star game) before so it was cool,’’ Horan said.

“It’s a little sad but everybody has to move on. It was a good time.’’

Messinger, who can be seen playing at the Under-Armour showcase later this summer, scored three goals for the Vikings. A trio of Montville athletes also represented their school well. Shelby Labe scored twice and Mustangs Maura Johnson and Danica Witty saw plenty of action. Morris Knolls also had a strong contingent. Camille Rosellini scored a goal and Ali Kolacy and Amanda Black saw field time for the Golden Eagles.

Montville’s Danica Witty (left) races a defender during her showcase at the Lacrosse Jamboree on Sunday. Photo by Mark Kitchin.

Pequannock’s Colleen Quinn scored for the Titans. Her Golden Panthers teammate Melissa Conklin also saw time. Mount Olive was represented by goalkeeper Alex Tepper and attacker Alina Santana. The Titans were coached by Pequannock’s Lindsey Lafferman andMount Olive’s Vivianne Thomas.

Gladiators 16, Spartans 10

Summit’s Caroline Cordrey had seven goals and two assists in the earliest of the summer showcase games. The Morris County contingent for the winners included Morris Knolls’ Kayla Coutts along with Kalacy, Rosellini and Black, Dawn Faranetta and Leanne Manning of Randolphand Liz Pellicane of Morristown-Beard. Golden Eagles’ Amy Richter was one of the Gladiator coaches.

West Morris’ Emily Delaney scored twice for the Spartans, which also had a strong performance by Pilar Gonzalez in goal. Megan Monaco of West Morris, and Casey Drollinger and Hallie Walker of Mountain Lakes saw ample playing time and West Morris’ Rob Herman was a Spartans coach.

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

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