Kinnelon rally stuns Pequannock; Mo-Beard prevails in OT

By Mark Kitchin

Faced with having to play a man-down and 13 seconds away from a loss, Kinnelon girls lacrosse was not in a good position. However, it was at that point that the Colts decided to play their best lacrosse.

Junior Alex Verna scored with one-second remaining in regulation to send the contest into overtime and Talia Price, Ashley Bobinski and Izzy Berezni registered overtime goals to lift Kinnelon to a 15-13 triumph over Pequannock on Wednesday.

Price finished with five goals for the Colts. Ashley Bobinski added four goals and Verna and Berezni each added two goals for Kinnelon (2-2).

Alyssa Tachon scored seven goals and Arden Kassaleh scored three times for the Golden Panthers (3-4). Trailing 11-8, scores by Danielle Musto and Tachon highlighted a 4-goal Pequannock barrage late in the second half. Tachon’s free position score with 13 seconds left in regulation made the score 12-11 and seemed to be the game winner but Kinnelon had other plans.

6 gl kinpqKinnelon’s Talia Price fires in a first-half goal against Pequannock on Wednesday. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

“It was really hard,” Price said. “We’ve faced this team a few times. Man down we didn’t even think about it. We just came out here and played really hard. We adjusted what we had to adjust.”

The contest was close throughout with the Colts leading 8-7 at the half. It was a chippy, physical, foul-filled game that had trouble finding a rhythm until late in the second half when both teams showed their heart and fortitude by displaying tremendous late game efforts.

“We’ve been known to be a second half team and always come back,” Verna said. “We knew what we wanted. We weren’t going to let it get away from us.”

It was with 1:37 left in regulation when Kinnelon’s Vicky Bobinski was carded a second time and the Colts were forced to play one man-down for the rest of the contest because they were issued four cards for the game. At that point Pequannock, which trailed 11-10, was rallying to take the lead. Musto ran to her right and hit a righty shot to the left corner to tie the game with 52 seconds left.

Pequannock won the draw and Tachon would eventually score on a free possession with 13 seconds left to take the lead. As it turned out, he Colts weren’t going to let the game slip away no matter who was on the field.

 

42 gl kinpqPequannock’s Shannon Thompson is doubled up during Wednesday’s game. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Kinnelon won the draw. The ball ended up in Price’s stick as she pushed to the cage, maneuvering through a thicket of Golden Panthers. Verna is known more for her defense, but has some offensive skills. She ran to the left side, caught the pass and made her move. Despite being covered she picked a corner. Her offering was high and to the right. Her ball hit net with one second left on the scoreboard.

“She (Talia) had so many girls on her that she just flung it,” Verna said. “I don’t remember anything really. We had about five seconds left and we needed to do something. We couldn’t let that one go.”

Verna was mobbed by her excited teammates after the tying goal, but the Colts had to regain their composure. They were still down a player and they would have to take the lead and play two complete 3-minute overtime periods to get the win.

38 gl kinpqKinnelon’s Alli Rosenberg and Pequannock’s Erin Campbell are after the same thing. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

“We realized we were still going to be down a player but we didn’t let it affect us,” Price said. “We were really focused. They thought they had us all planned out with who they were defending and who our best girls were. We used that to our advantage. We would (set picks) off ball and we got girls open for shots.”

Kinnelon’s momentum carried over into the overtime. Although the Golden Panthers won the opening draw, Colts goalie Dana DeBel made a save, Kinnelon worked the ball up the field and Price took it in from the left side. Her lefty shot landed inside the right post with 42 seconds left in the first overtime. The Colts had the lead back.

“It was hard because I had been well defended,” Price said. “We did a switch (on the restraining line) and once my defender lost me I went to the goal.”

Kinnelon would build its lead. Ashley Bobinski connected with nine seconds left in the first overtime period to make it a 14-12 game. In the second overtime, Izzy Berezni connected at the one-minute mark to make it a three-goal game. Musto got a goal back for Pequannock with :01 left in the second overtime but it didn’t hurt the Colts.

It’s been a rough start this season for Kinnelon which has had difficulty getting on the field because of the weather and poor field conditions. Snatching a victory from almost certain defeat can work wonders for a team’s attitude.

“It definitely gives us confidence but it lets us know what we need to work on,”  Verna said. “It also showed the things we can do well and need to keep doing well in upcoming games.”

36 gl kinpqPequannock’s Jess Carbone and Kinnelon’s Alana Scorzo have their eyes on the prize. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Morristown-Beard 12, New Providence 11, 2OT 

Chelsea Howarth connected off a pass from Alissa Masini with 30 seconds left in sudden victory to give the Crimson the win. Howarth, Jill Burke, Chelsea Kramer, Meg Damstrom and Carolyn Chambers each scored two goals apiece for Morristown-Beard.

Morristown 17, Caldwell 8

Casey O’Brien and Allie Ferrara tallied four goals and three assists each in the Colonials’ triumph. Maddy Heher and Meghan Siverson also scored four goals each for the Colonials.

Ridgewood 14, Chatham 12

Maddie Bowles had four goals to pace the Cougars. Bridget Ballard and Emily Wingate had two goals each for Chatham.

Kent Place 11, West Morris 10

The Wolfpack held a 7-1 advantage at the half.

Mendham 11, Oak Knoll 7

Becky Gohsler had four goals and an assist in the Minutemen triumph. Carlye Maita posted a hat trick and Christine Graziano tallied twice for Mendham.

Villa Walsh 17, Millburn 6

Taylor Medd scored six times. Christina Pallitto scored four goals and Victoria Esposito, Kate Mulcahy and Victoria Colledge scored two goals each for the Vikings. Villa Walsh led 11-4 at the half.

Madison 17, Columbia 7

Michelle Montagna scored four goals and Brynn Taylor registered a hat trick for the Dodgers. Madison took control early and led 10-4 at the half.

Randolph 13, Sparta 12, 2OT

Lindsey Klein scored two goals including the game-winner in triple overtime to lift the Rams. Kelly McGinniss had a hat trick and Dana Shalit, Jullian Whiting and Carly Whitman had two goals each for Randolph.

Mountain Lakes 18, Immaculate Heart 6

Victoria Kalamaras scored five goals and had two assists. Rachel Treweeke and Meredith Newfrock added three goals each for the Lakers.

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

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