Boys MCT semifinal preview

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The semifinal round of the Morris County Tournament for boys lacrosse continues on Saturday with back-to-back afternoon games at Madison High School.

Defending champion and second-seeded Mountain Lakes battles third-seeded Chatham High School in the 12:30 p.m. contest. It will be followed with top seeded Delbarton battling fifth-seeded Kinnelon at around 2:30 p.m.. The winners will play in the title game scheduled for Tuesday at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Florham Park in a 7:30 p.m. start.

The Lakers nearly didn’t make the semifinals. They had to rally from two goals down to defeat seventh-seeded Mendham 6-5 on Thursday. However, Mountain Lakes (10-3) always seem to raise their game when tournament time rolls around. Mike Sammaro scored the game-winner against the Minutemen. He can be counted on when the spotlight is the hottest. Christian Cuccinello and and goalkeeper Jared Bernstein will also be needed to step up for the defending champs.

Chatham will not be a pushover. The Cougars did a solid job of dismissing upstart Mount Olive 15-4 in quarterfinal round play. When Tripp Connor gets on a roll, look out. The Cougars face-off middie is quick on the draw and if he can give his team consistent possessions, the offense will do the rest. Thomas Guida, Chet McLaughlin, Sam Carson were offensive minded in the quarterfinal and the Cougars (13-3) are anxious to reach the MCT title game.

Kinnelon vs. Delbarton

The Colts (9-6) had the toughest contest in quarterfinal round play which isn’t surprising considering it’s been a tough season. However, the topped fourth-seeded Madison 9-8 in which they exhibited exhilarating offense and tenacious defense. The Colts built a 9-5 lead in the fourth quarter and then held on as the Dodgers whittled away at their advantage. Brian Gnad, Robert Lewis, Joe Neggia and sophomore Matt Morreale are among the athletes contributing to the Kinnelon offense. The Colts, who started out 1-5 but have won 8 of their last nine games, seem to be at their peak but it will take all of their efforts and then some in order to overcome a very talented Delbarton team.

The Green Wave are unbeaten (13-0) and have been ranked among the state’s best since the start of the season. It all starts and the faceoff where specialist Austin Williams is one of the best and often dominates the circle. Tommy Fowler and Grant VanFossen combined for seven goals and six assists in a 15-7 triumph over eighth-seeded West Morris in their quarterfinals round contest. Kevin Lewis, Dillon Confalone, Matt Killian and others contribute to the depth and balance on the offensive end. On defense athletic Will Reynolds is one of the best in the state. John Schisler has developed into a skillful and consistent netminder.

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

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