Scarpellos give Madison a spark

By Mark Kitchin

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MADISON — It doesn’t matter whether they play at attack or midfield, the Madison duo of Collin and Christian Scarpello are a dangerous tandem for opponents to encounter.

They continued their strong play, combining for six goals and two assists on Tuesday for the Dodgers in an 11-5 win over Morristown in opening round Morris County Tournament play.

Fourth-seeded Madison (10-5) will be at it again on Thursday, when it faces familiar foe fifth-seeded Kinnelon in quarterfinal round play. That afternoon contest will be played on the turf at Madison High.

“They are good players,’’ Madison coach Mark Sweeney said. “They are two different players. Collin is real big. He’s a dodger — a big lefty. He dodges from behind and he tries to get top side and if you take away the top side he can inside roll you. Christian dodges well from the top and he gets a lot of attention. He also has great vision so he gets a lot of assists.’’

The pair switched positions from last year. Christian Scarpello has switched from midfield to attack, while Collin Scarpello has transitioned from attack to midfield. Of course, the brothers work well together no matter where they play. They have been members on the same teams for years. This season they are performing at a higher level.

“This year is working a lot better,’’ Sweeney said.

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Madison’s Christian Scarpello doesn’t mind working in tight spaces. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Madison-Morristown match up was one of the few in which the teams played earlier in the year. That was a 12-9 Madison victory on May 2. On Tuesday, the Dodgers took control a little earlier. After a close first quarter, Madison gradually pulled away for several reasons. First the Dodgers were able to control the draw with Luke Thompson. He gave Madison numerous possessions and also managed to score a goal of his own off the draw.

“He’s our steady guy but he’s been hurt on and off all year,’’ Sweeney said. “He was our top guy in scrimmages and he got hurt. … He came back and then he was fooling around playing basketball and he ripped the bottom of his foot open. He was out for a couple of more games and then he came back and he’s been doing pretty well for us.’’

Defensively Madison was able to limit Morristown’s talented scorer Brian Begley. The Dodgers put their very best defenders on him and also adjusted their slide packages to slow down the Colonials’ standout.

“We shut him with our shorty, Grant Perry,’’ Sweeney said. “He’s a really tough kid. Our defense did a good job (sliding to him). … He also touched the ball every time there was a dead ball. They gave him the ball. Then we put a poll on him, Pete Anderson, who does a really good job. We limited his touches a lot.’’

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Collin Scarpello (2) and teammate Vince Sapio (18) make up two-thirds of the Dodgers’ attack. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Chris Drake scored twice and Griffin Woodfin-Levine had a goal and an assist for the 13th-seeded Colonials (4-9). Some of Morristown’s offense was thwarted by Madison goalkeeper Jack Ranney who made 15 saves. As the defense held up its end, the Dodgers started burying their shots. It was a difficult chore because of the strong play by Morristown goalkeeper Will Edwards. He was credited with 10 saves.

“He made some big saves,’’ Sweeney said. “After the first quarter, we started finding a few (goals). We started finishing our shots.’’

Now Madison will have to deal with a familiar foe in Kinnelon. The Colts struggled early in the season with a 1-5 mark, but they always seem to be at their best during tournament time.

“Kinnelon is a familiar team,’’ Sweeney said. “We end up playing them almost every year in big tournaments — in states or counties. It should be good.’’

Other MCT quarterfinal round contests that are scheduled to be played on Thursday include: West Morris at Delbarton, Mendham at Mountain Lakes and Mount Olive at Chatham.

Morris County results

Regular season

Boonton 10, Morris Catholic 6

The Bombers even their record to 6-6. Ian Taylor had five goals and three assists, Derek Zacatenco had three goals and one assist and Drew Recchia had two goals and two assists.

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About mcvbb

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

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