Just like old times, another Mt. Lakes, Delbarton MCT final


Morris County’s favorite lacrosse foes are at it again. Delbarton and Mountain Lakes survived some upset-minded opponents and advanced to the title game once again.

Mountain Lakes scored six fourth-quarter goals to pull away from West Morris Central 12-7 in the first Morris County Tournament semifinal on Saturday. Zach Lesko’s score at 9:49 set off a four-goal barrage to push the second-seeded Lakers safely ahead.

Delbarton edged Morristown-Beard 8-7 in the second semifinal game that was delayed twice by lightning. Jack Crowley scored the eventual game winner on a pass from Michael Rutter . The man-advantage goal with 8:56 left to make it 8-6. A goal by Morristown-Beard’s Kevin Gill with 51 seconds remaining closed the gap. The Crimson had the ball in the final seconds but lost its chance to tie when they turned the ball over on an offsides call during a clear.

Both semifinal games were played on the turf at Madison High School. Delbarton and Mountain Lakes will play the final at FDU-Florham on Tuesday in a 7:30 p.m. start.

Mountain Lakes 12, West Morris 7

Zach Lesko fired a hat trick and Christian Cuccinello, Zander Kotsen, Ryan Frawley and Chris Sammarro scored two goals apiece for the second-seeded Lakers. Jeremy Angle had a hat trick for sixth-seeded West Morris.

It was the Wolfpack’s return to the semifinal game after an 11-year drought. They were competitive for more than three quarters. West Morris led 4-3 at the half and were tied with Mountain Lakes at 6-6 early in the fourth quarter before the Lakers pulled away.

Consecutive goals by Lesko, Frawley, Cuccinello and Kotsen, on a man-advantage score, helped The Lakers build a 10-6 edge with 5:30 left.

“We knew they were a hustle team,” Lesko said. “They kind of outran us on ground balls in the middle of the field. Balls that we should have had that would have given us a few more possessions. We wanted to be patient on offense and stay strong on defense.”

The win enabled the Lakers to return to the final after a year’s hiatus. They were eliminated by Chatham in the semifinals last year. Mountain Lakes last won the title in 2012.

Delbarton 8, Morristown-Beard 7

The defending champions prevailed despite two lightning delays and a terrific performance by Crimson face-off man Trevor Baptiste.

J. J. McBride and Emmett Cordrey each scored a pair of goals for Delbarton. Jack Crowley notched the eventual game-winner. He finished off a Michael Rutter feed for a man-advantage goal with 8:52 left in the game to make it 8-6.

It was Morristown-Beard’s second trip to the MCT semifinals and its first since 2004. It stayed close with the help of a sensational performance by Trevor Baptiste. The Crimson midfielder gave his team a 12-7 advantage in face-offs and also scored twice. His teammate Chris Glancey added two goals for the fourth-seeded team. However,  high-scoring Crimson attackmen Ted Hatfield and Thomas Rago were limited to a goal apiece.

“We knew that two of their attackmen had well over 100 points (each),” Delbarton defenseman Chad Otterman said. “We had to get on their hands. We had to be good with our feet. We had to communicate. They are (also) great feeders so we didn’t want to give them any time to feed.”

The top-seeded Green Wave seemed to handle the two 30-minute weather delays well and were pleased to be moving on to play their familiar rivals. Delbarton and Mountain Lakes are tied for most MCT boys lacrosse titles with 12 apiece making the upcoming game another pivotal match in the series.


About mcvbb

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

No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: