Angle, Reidinger lift West Morris boys in state play

By Mark Kitchin

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WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) — After scoring four goals on the hottest day of the year, West Morris’ Jeremy Angle couldn’t contain himself. When he heard the good news that the Wolfpack were going to get another home game, he circled the West Morris huddle performing cartwheels in celebration.

The Wolfpack don’t mind getting a break or two but they didn’t need any during a solid state tournament performance on Tuesday.

Angle and Kevin Reidinger scored four goals each and Matt Carfaro added a pair of goals in West Morris’ 12-2 triumph over Fair Lawn in a North III quarterfinal round contest on Tuesday.

Alex Kennedy and Mike Selveggi shared eight saves for the third-seeded Wolfpack (11-9). West Morris will get their home game on Thursday against Scotch Plains-Fanwood. Scotch Plains, the seventh seed, upended second-seeded Mount Olive 10-7 on Tuesday.

Chris Borst and Thomas Calderone scored first-half goals for the Cutters (15-5).

115 bl wmflKevin Reidinger and Jeremy Angle celebrate with a chest bump. They had eight goals between them in West Morris’ win. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

“ I was just so happy to hear that Scotch Plains won and that we get another home game,’’ Angle said. “It’s a big break for us.’’

It’s been a rough season for the junior-laden Wolfpack. A tough schedule has made it difficult for West Morris to sustain confidence and establish a level of consistency. They have had to play Delbarton, the state’s No. 1 ranked team twice as well as another Garden State favorite Don Bosco Prep.

Both Reidinger and Angle agreed that the tough schedule helped them ‘grow as a team’ and ‘learn to play scrappy.’

The Wolfpack believe they are beginning to enjoy the benefits from some of the tough competition they have seen.

“Some kids put it in perspective and realize that we were beaten twice by the best team in the state,’’ West Morris coach Rob Goodwin said. “ But we were beaten pretty good, so it might have deflated some kids. It was all in a two-week period that we were 1-5. The kids rebounded and they knew our goal was to be around .500 and get to the (sectional) do some good things and get to that final game. We kept them focused on that goal’’

West Morris knew very little about the Cutters except they did have two talented scorers Kevin Osback and Corey Carlson. The Wolfpack zone defense is tenacious but gaining possessions may have been the West Morris’ best strategy.

104 bl wmflWest Morris’ Matt Pruss had a good shot but it was snagged by Fair Lawn keeper Josh Solomon. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

“Once we started putting some goals in, it wasn’t that hard for us to just play,’’ Reidinger said. “Our offense was really clicking today. We were patient with the ball and we made good shots. That’s all we can really ask for. It was a great effort by our whole team.’’

“We tried to keep the ball away from their offense,’’ Angle added. “We knew they were high powered. Coach always tells us that the best defense is a good offense.’’

West Morris has a few capable scorers (Angle, Reidinger, Carfaro) and one quality feeder (elusive junior Ryan Muscatella). Angle, a midfielder, looms large and lanky. His athletic skills go beyond cartwheels and his size makes it easy to get the ball to him and tough to take it away from him.

“Jeremy has been solid all year,’’ Reidinger said. “He has really stepped up.’’

Reidinger is a hard working midfielder and a dedicated leader. Overcoming an illness that set him back last week, his focus and skills are crucial to the Wolfpack if they have dreams of continuing.

“He’s a pretty motivated senior,’’ Goodwin said. “They have all been listening pretty well. They listened today especially when it came to doing their job and get off the field because of the heat.’’

66 bl wmflWest Morris Jeremy Angle holds the ball tight while working in traffic. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

West Morris took open shots in two early possessions, but could not find the back of the net. Once Fair Lawn’s Borst connected at the 10-minute mark, the Wolfpack settled in with four consecutive goals. Reidinger scored two goals followed by a pair from Angle.

Angle’s second goal came after a teammate was called for a slashing penalty. West Morris was able to get a ground ball and it was cleared to Angle. He found a path to the goal and connected for a rare man-down goal to make it a 4-1 game with 19 seconds left in the period.

“I kind of just ran through it,’’ Angle said. “The defense didn’t let me go through that easy. I got a couple of whacks. I think I just got lucky.’’

West Morris was able to build an 8-2 halftime advantage. Hard work by the draw helped Reidinger and Matt Pruss and Ryan Pruss win their share of face-offs with the help of wing guys Hunter Solovski, Jimmy Kearney and Mike Gutkin in solid support.

When Fair Lawn did get the ball, close defenders Pat Kennedy, three-year starter Matt Isenburg and Chris Harquail were up to the task. There weren’t many open shots that goalies Alex Kennedy or Selveggi couldn’t handle.

41 bl wmflWest Morris attackman Matt Carfaro scored twice on Tuesday. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

“We knew that they were a good team coming in and we had to be intense,’’ Reidinger said. “We knew they had two very good players and we had to lock them off. Our defense did just that.’’

A home game in state play certainly helps although perennial Ridgewood, the group’s top seed, will certainly be looming in the finals. West Morris is more than happy to take its  opponents one by one. There’s little that they haven’t seen this year.

“Of our nine losses, eight of them were to top 20 teams,’’ Goodwin said. “So when the state playoffs roll around regardless of who it is, we are not going to be surprised by the talent level. We can play with teams as long as we don’t make mistakes.’’

13 bl wmflJeremy Angle and Ryan Muscatella (20) celebrate another West Morris goal. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Morris County results

Group I

Madison 15, Pequannock 7

Collin Scarpello had four goals and one assist and Christian Scarpello and Andrew Kaye each had three goals and three assists to fuel the Dodgers’ triumph. Vin Sapio also added two goals and two assists for Madison. The Dodgers led 7-5 at the half and pulled away with five consecutive third-quarter goals. Madison plays Caldwell in the next round. Bryan Peters had three goals and one assist and Tyler Macejka had a goal and three assists for the Golden Panthers (15-4). This year’s Pequannock team set several records including most victories by the boys lacrosse program.

Glen Ridge 6, Kinnelon 5

The Ridgers led 3-2 at the half and held on for the win. The Colts finish their season at 10-8.

Mountain Lakes 10, West Essex 3

The Lakers led 6-0 at the half and 9-0 after three quarters. Mountain Lakes (13-5) advances to host Glen Ridge in the next round.

Group II

Chatham 17, Lakeland 5

Sam Carson had a hat trick, Thomas Guida had two goals and two assists and Dave Gill and Nick Citron each notched a pair of goals for the Cougars. Twelve different players in all scored for Chatham (16-4). The Cougars will host Sparta in the next round on Thursday.

Group III

Scotch Plains-Fanwood 10, Mount Olive 7

Eric Weiss had three goals and one assist and Chris Sanchez had a goal and two assists for Mount Olive (13-5). Scotch Plains led 6-3 at the half and held on for the win.

Millburn 5, Mendham 4

A heart breaking loss for the Minutemen (9-10). Christian Avallone, Ross Coapman, Pete McNerney and Andrew Robshaw connected for Mendham.

Non Public A

Delbarton 18, Pope John 1

Grant VanFossen and Emmet Corderay fired hat tricks in the Green Wave romp. Delbarton remains unbeaten at 17-0.

GIRLS LACROSSE

Group II

Summit 19, Madison 8

Ali Jago, Ari Goret and Molly Fishter scored two goals apiece for the Dodgers (13-6). The Hilltoppers improve to 15-4.

Chatham 16, Delaware Valley 7

Bridget Ballard paced the Cougars with six goals and two assists. Kennedy Krauss scored three goals and Kristen Maiorano and Lauren Maiorano each had two goals and one assist. Chatham travels to face West Essex in the next round.

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

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