Chatham, Mountain Lakes girls advance to MCT final

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MONTVILLE — Chatham and Mountain Lakes will compete in the Morris County Tournament girls lacrosse final on Saturday night at Montville High School.

Sophomore Bridget Ballard scored four goals and third-seeded Chatham took advantage of a strong start to upend second-seeded Mendham 14-10 in the first game of the MCT doubleheader. Top-seeded Mountain Lakes dominated the nightcap with a 19-5 triumph over West Morris Central. The defending champions took an 11-1 halftime lead and despite some sloppy play midway through the second half stayed in control most of the contest.

Chatham 14, Mendham 10

Maddy Bowles had three goals and one assist and Maggie O’Neill and Morgan Sullivan each scored twice for the Cougars (8-7).

Christine Graziano had four goals and Christine Long and Carlye Maita had two-goal efforts for the Minutemen (9-6). Chatham’s win avenges a 14-10 loss to Mendham on March 31. The Cougars scored the first five goals of the game and didn’t allow a goal until Maita connected 11 minutes into the contest.

“Our intensity in winning the draws was the biggest factor,” Ballard said. ” Winning the draws is what controls the whole game. Our middies came up with (ground balls) and we were able to translate that into our goals.”

The Cougars receive good work on their draws from Alex Frenzel and built a 9-3 advantage with three minutes left in the half. Scores by Long and Graziano cut the Minutemen deficit to 9-5 at the half. Mendham, which was a finalist last year, continued to chip away and got to within 11-9 when Graziano scored on a Meri Curtin feed with 7:23 left to make it an 11-9 game. However, back-to-back free position goals by Ballard and O’Neill a little over a minute later extended Chatham to a four-goal advantage that it maintained the rest of the way.

Mountain Lakes 19, West Morris 5

Victoria Kalamaras had five goals and four assists and Jackie Perry scored four times to fuel the Lakers triumph. Hannah Crook and Nicole Kalamaras added two goals apiece for top-seeded Mountain Lakes (17-1). Paige Burton and Sydney Sapir scored two goals each for the fourth-seeded West Morris (4-11). It was the second time the Lakers had beaten the Wolfpack this season. On April 30, Mountain Lakes was an 18-5 victor.

Mountain Lakes scored the first seven goals of the contest. The run included three goals by Kalamaras and a pair by Perry. West Morris did not get on the board until a score by Sapir made it a 7-1 game with 10:03 left in the first half. The Lakers employed strong face-off work and patient but consistent offense to build an 11-1 halftime lead.

Mountain Lakes got a little sloppy in the second half and West Morris capitalized on scores by Mackenzie Metzler and Burton to make it a 12-3 game with 18 minutes left in regulation. The Lakers righted themselves and scored seven of the next nine goals. The win gave them their 15th consecutive triumph and an opportunity to defend their title on Saturday.

Regular Season

Park Regional 13, St. Elizabeth 4

Melissa Wamp scored eight goals and Michaela Tricola had four goals to lift Park to victory. Julia Darcy had two goals and one assist for the Panthers.

Boonton 15, Union Catholic 14

The Bombers led 9-7 at the half and held on for the win.

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

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