Riding to victory is Montville’s goal

By Mark Kitchin


JEFFERSON TWP. — Victories aren’t just going to come to a team, the players have to work for them. Montville is learning that perhaps it can channel some added energy and enthusiasm and ride to victory.

Tyler Chin had five goals and five assists and Nick DelMoro fired a hat trick to lift Montville to a 14-4 victory over Jefferson on Tuesday.

Sophomore Brendan Kelly added two goals and five assists and Jake Haimson scored twice and had an assist for the Mustangs. Montville evens its record at 3-3.

Nick O’Connor, Brad Fisher, Danny Brown and Ray Arnsden had goals for Jefferson in the game which was played on the grass lacrosse fields at Jefferson High School.

Montville took control with a 5-1 first-quarter effort which included a DelMoro hat trick. The Mustangs also received strong face off work from Jake Drexl which helped them build a 10-1 advantage at the half.

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Jake Haimson (6) often sets the pace for the Montville offense. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Overall, Montville is trying to increase its energy and enthusiasm and having a strong ride can help. The ride is the act of a team’s attackmen pressuring the opposing team’s defense when they are trying to clear. When team can gain goals off a ride it often provides a huge emotional lift while deflating an opponent at the same time.

“Ride or die,’’ defenseman Austin Strickland said. “That’s our mindset.’’

“We have been talking about riding a lot,’’ Montville coach Rick DeBonta said. “It’s the mentality we have had for awhile. We have shirts that say “ride or die.’’

“If you are not riding (hard), you are going to lose games. Even at practice yesterday we put another drill in just to emphasize the riding mentality after a shot. We put that in to keep it fresh in their minds. Not that we haven’t done it. We want to get them thinking about it all the time. We’re athletic enough to ride all the time.’’

It was never clearer than the start of the second quarter when a Jefferson clearing pass was picked off and resulted in a Montville goal to make it a 6-1 game. The score got everyone excited including the defense that couldn’t help but do some chest bumping over the play. Afterwards, Montville scored four more consecutive goals to put the game out of reach. It’s exactly what the Mustangs were looking to do against an opponent on the road.

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The Montville defense is a little excited about its team’s play. Austin Strickland (44) and John Jesperson (27 ) jump for joy. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

“I’m trying to get my team to be more excited,’’ DeBonta said. “I want them to be excited about playing the game and going out on a Tuesday and on a Thursday and competing. That’s what were preaching – competition and being excited about playing. We want them to have fun and we want them to win games.’’

Several Mustangs stood out on Tuesday. The ability of Jake Drexl on the faceoff circle allows the Montville shooters to get plenty of possessions and get into a rhythm.

“Drexl has been phenomenal for us,’’ DeBonta said. “He’s really worked hard in the off-season and he’s starting to show some of his stuff out there. Technically he is sound. He scouts his opponents pretty well. He will look at our scout tapes and analyze his opponent and either counter his (move) or beat him to the punch.’’

Attackman Jake Haimson is known for his scoring ability. Having teammates Chin and midfielder Niko DelMoro step up has given the Mustangs a much more balanced offense.

“Tyler has really turned it on,’’ DeBonta said. “He is a junior this year. He didn’t get a lot of playing time last year. His hustle and enthusiasm is really starting to spark us a lot.

“Nico is a guy that is going to be one of our go-to guys. As a junior we ask him to take a leadership role on the offensive side of the ball and he’s doing it.

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Jake Drexl is the man on the draw for the Mustangs. Jefferson’s Dan Pasquarello gives chase. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

The defense is very athletic. John Jesperson and Austin Strickland are tough, physical, experienced and have great field vision. Teammate Paul Romero has fit right in and together they support goalie Greg Tutone well.

“They are all good athletes,’’ DeBonta said. “They work hard in the offseason. They work hard in the weight room and they pride themselves on that.’’

Montville losses so far have been to capable opponents. Sparta, Vernon and always difficult Montclair were competitive games. Physically the Mustangs seem capable of stepping up. DeBonta believes that confidence, enthusiasm and perhaps a bit more intensity and focus will help them vault over the .500 mark.

“Our outlook this week and going into the rest of the year is that the season is on the line,’’ DeBonta said. “We have three losses already. You have to take every game like it is the last game you are going to play. You have to hustle around and be physical and be excited about playing. That’s the thing.’’

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Montville’s Tyler Chin had a strong offensive day against Jefferson on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Morris County results

Morris Hills 10, Morris Catholic 2

The Scarlet Knights improve to 3-3. Tom Cangelosi and Anthony D’Amico each had two goals and one assist and Steve Rome and Conor Pelky added two goals apiece for Morris Hills.

Rutgers Prep 12, West Morris 8

The Wolfpack drop to 3-3. Matt Carfaro fired a hat trick and Ryan Muscatella dished five assists for West Morris.

Pequannock 15, Wallkill Valley 0

The Golden Panthers improve to 7-0. Tyler Macejka had four goals and one assist and Ryan Van Bochoven had three goals and three assists for Pequannock.

Boonton 12, High Point 2

Ian Taylor had three goals and one assist. Joe Norton fired a hat trick and Drew Recchia had two goals and two assists for the Bombers (3-3).

Caldwell 8, Madison 7

The Chiefs led 5-4 after three quarter and held off the Dodgers. Andrew Kaye had three goals and Christian Scarpello had two goals and two assists for Madison (4-3).

Livingston 17, Hanover Regional 1

Girls Lacrosse

Mountain Lakes 10, Glen Ridge 9, 2 OT

Allie LaBeau connected with one minute left in the second overtime period to provide the game-winner. Nicole Kalamaras scored off a Jackie Perry pass to tie the game at 8-all late in regulation. Both teams scored in the first overtime period. Victoria Kalamaras scored three goals and Meredith Newfrock added a pair of goals for the Lakers.

Pequannock 12, Morris Catholic 11

Alyssa Tachon scored five times and Christine Richard had three goals and one assist for the Golden Panthers (3-3). Rachel Mills and Tina Nassany registered hat tricks for the Crusaders (4-3).

Morristown 16, Roxbury 11

Brady Feher and Allie Ferrara scored five goals each in the Colonials’ triumph. Casey O’Brien and Meghan Siverson each knocked in two goals. The Gaels were paced by Joelle Manganelli who had five goals and two assists. Both teams are 4-2 on the season.

Chatham 18, West Morris 5

Mary Kate O’Neill had four goals and two assists while five of her teammates scored two goals apiece. The Cougars are 4-3. Sydney Sapir and Paige Burton scored two goals each for the Highlanders.

Madison 13, Montclair 11

Ali Jago had five goals and two assists and Michelle Montagna had four goals to lift the Dodgers to 5-2 on the season.

Mendham 9, Oak Knoll 7

Becky Gohsler scored four goals and Carlye Maita and Gia Padovano had two goals each for the Minutemen.

Jefferson 19, Kittatinny 7

The Falcons are 7-0. Kara Hodapp and Danielle Pini scored four goals each and Darby Nolan had three goals and one assist for Jefferson.

Westfield 23, Kinnelon 15

The Colts had a 12-10 halftime advantage. Heidi Annaheim scored seven first-half goals for Kinnelon.

Ridgewood 17, Morris Knolls 7

Jaime Chapman had two goals and one assist for the Golden Eagles (1-6).

St. Elizabeth 14, High Point 5

Carolyn Byrnes scored seven goals and Alex Dibrigida had five goals and one assist for the Panthers (3-4).


About mcvbb

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

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