Mountain Lakes girls, Delbarton boys win MCT titles

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The Mountain Lakes girls team and Delbarton boys team captured titles as the Morris County Tournaments came to their exciting conclusions on Tuesday.

The Lakers captured their first title since 2009 when it edged Mendham 6-4 in an afternoon contest played on the turf at Haas Field in Chatham.

Allie LaBeau scored two goals and Jackie Perry, Maddie Siebold, Megan Ryan and Olivia Fernandez scored one goal apiece for the top-seeded Lakers. Senior goalkeeper Sarah Allison was named MVP of the tournament and set the tone with three first-half saves.

148a mctfinalsIt’s hugs and smiles for the Mountain Lakes girls after earning their first MCT since 2009. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Christine Graziano scored twice and Devon Russell and Mariah Salerno each connected for second-seeded Mendham.

Mountain Lakes broke a 3-3 tied with three consecutive goals midway through the second half to take the lead. A pass to Ryan from Jackie Perry created a free position shot that Ryan hit with 17:57 left to break the deadlock. Six minutes later, LaBeau scored her second goal of the game on a free position. Her righty shot hit the left side of the net at 11:55 for the eventual game winner and a 5-3 score. Fernandez provided some insurance with a righty shot into the left side of the net with 5:18 to make it 6-3. The Lakers held on from there to take the title although Graziano made it a 2-goal game when she scored with 1:03 left to give the Minutemen a brief lift.

MCT Boys Lacrosse

Delbarton dominated the championship game for three quarters but Chatham rallied to make the 10-7 game interesting near the finish in a contest held on the turf at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Grant VanFossen scored three goals and Kevin Lewis and Thomas Fowler had two goals and one assist for unbeaten and top-seeded Delbarton. Matt Killian, Jordan Dowiak and defenseman Matt Oplinger also scored goals. Lewis, an attackman, was named tournament MVP.

Sam Carson scored four goals and David Gill, Joe Ritter and Thomas Guida also connected for the third-seeded Cougars.

457 mctfinalsIt gets a little crazy after Delbarton captures its 12th MCT title. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Delbarton scored eight of the first nine goals and took an 8-1 lead at half. Lewis set the tone with a goal 31 seconds into the game followed by Oplinger just 25 seconds later to make it 2-0. Back-to-back scores by VanFossen, a Chatham resident, gave the Green Wave a 4-0 advantage.

The third quarter was scoreless, but the Cougars, who were making their initial appearance in the Morris County Tournament, woke up and scored six fourth-quarter goals.

When Carson, a senior attackman, connected with 58 seconds left to make it 10-7 and the Cougars won the subsequent face-off the crowd started buzzing but there wasn’t enough time for Chatham.

Delbarton, which was eliminated by Mountain Lakes in last year’s semifinals, was humbled and thrilled at earning the title. It was the Green Wave’s 12th, tying the Lakers for tournament championships in the oldest boys lacrosse county tournament in the state.

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

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