Great day for Morristown; Randolph boys pull another upset


Chris Drake fired a hat trick and added an assist to lift Morristown to a 6-4 upset victory over West Morris in North III state tournament boys lacrosse action on Tuesday.

Brian Begley and Kendall Rogers picked up a goal and an assist and Brad Greik added a goal for the second-seeded Colonials. Morristown will host 11th-seeded Randolph in the semifinal round.

Jeremy Angle scored twice and Cooper Sloan and Kyle Skurchak also scored goals for second-seeded West Morris.

The Colonials gained a measure of revenge from the Wolfpack from a two-goal loss during the regular season.

22 bl st morwmChris Drake (12), Joey Murphy (23) and Daniel Delargy (15) celebrate an early Morristown score. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

The game was tied 3-3 going into the fourth quarter, when Morristown went on a three-goal run. Brad Greik’s lefty shot hit the top right corner of the net to make it 4-3 with 10:45 left in regulation. With 3:47 Drake batted in a Joey Murphy feed to make it a two-goal game. Thirty five seconds later, Brian Begley barged in with an unassisted goal to make it 6-3. Angle tried to rally the Wolfpack with a score just outside the two-minute mark but the Colonial eventual got a ground ball and ran out the final minutes.

Randolph 12, Scotch Plains 3

J. P. Southren fired a hat trick and dished three assists in the Rams upset triumph. Sophomore Jake Southren scored three goals and Colin O’Brien scored twice. Jesse Bush, T. J. Lindquist, Zach Shuster and Mike Turner also tallied and goalkeeper Matt Carle stopped 11 shots. The Rams outscored their opponents 8-0 in the second half. Randolph, which was the 11th-seed travels to face Morristown in the semifinal round.

Ridgewood 14, Montville 4

The Maroons are the top seed in Group III. Ridgewood led 5-3 at the half. The Mustangs were outscored 9-1 in the second half. Niko Del Moro and Brian Callazo scored two goals apiece for the Mustangs.

Mendham 8, Mount Olive 7

Tim Gillespie scored the game-winning goal with 3:09 left in regulation. Ross Coapman fired a hat trick, Drew Robshaw added two goals and an assist, Chandler Avallone had a goal and three assists and Will Robinson had a goal and an assist. Alec Oriolo paced Mount Olive with two goals and an assist. Mark Laratta added two goals and Travis Gerdes, Nick Karle and Brandon Porter added goals. The Minutemen led 5-2 at the half and held on for the victory. Mendham travels to face Ridgewood next.

Group II

Chatham 9, Sparta 8

The Cougars led 6-5 at the half and held on for the triumph. Austin Pierce scored three goals to pace the Cougars. Rich Berger notched the eventual game-winning goal when he connected off a David Gill pass with four minutes remaining to make it a 9-7 game. Berger and Scott Lynch each scored twice. Gill added a goal and two assists for Chatham. The Cougars travel to play Northern Highlands (a 9-2 winner over Voorhees) in the next round.

Group I

West Essex 8, Pequannock 7

The Golden Panthers trailed 5-3 at the half. Bryan Peters scored four goals for Pequannock. West Essex travels to face Mountain Lakes next.

Kinnelon 8, Caldwell 4

The Colts host Glen Ridge in the semifinal round. John Belanger scored five times to help Kinnelon advance. Michael Elefonte scored twice and Joe Neggia also connected. Robert Lewis dished three assists for the Colts.

Mountain Lakes 10, Madison 2

Christian Cuccinello had two goals and three assists to lift the Lakers in quarterfinal round play. Brad Smith had two goals and two assists and sophomore Ryan Frawley netted two goals. Zach Lesko added a goal and an assist for the top-seeded team. A. J. Schmitz notched both goals for the Dodgers. The Lakers led 6-1 at the half.

Non-Private A 

Bishop Eustace 15, Morris Catholic 4

32 bl st morwmMorristown’s Brian Begley is eager to make his way to the cage. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)


Group III

Morristown 17, West Morris 12

Allie Ferrara had five goals and three assists. Maddie Heher and Meghan Siverson scored four goals apiece and Sarah Grace Plott scored twice for the Colonials. Morristown led 9-7 at the half. The Colonials host Sparta, a 20-15 winner over Wayne Hills, in the semifinal round. Sydney Sapir had four goals and two assists and Paige Burton had three goals and an assist for the Wolfpack.

Mendham 16, Vernon 3

Kira Lopes and Meri Curtin fired hat tricks for the Minutemen. Christine Graziano and Katie McDonald both notched a pair of goals for Mendham. The Minutemen took control early with a 12-1 first-half effort. Mendham hosts Northern Highlands in the next round.

Northern Highlands 9, Montville 8

The game was tied 5-5 at the half. Abby Haimson had three goals and an assist and set a new career varsity scoring record for the Mustangs (12-6). Carly DeNegris and Nicole Dvoretsky had two goals and an assist and Julia LoBasso scored a goal.

Group I

Mountain Lakes 20, Kinnelon 5

Victoria Kalamaras scored three goals and dealt seven assists for the Lakers. Hannah Cronk, Jackie Perry and sophomore Granger Rosati each posted hat tricks. Rachel Treweeke and Nicole Kalamaras added two goals apiece. Mountain Lakes led 15-5 at the half. The Lakers host Villa Walsh in semifinal action next. Jamie Lewit led the Colts with two goals.

Villa Walsh 23, Verona 14

Taylor Medd scored seven goals and Christina Pallitto had five goals and an assist for the Vikings. Kelly Holt added four goals for Villa Walsh. The Vikings led 12-9 in an active first half. Kent Place faces Glen Ridge in the other semifinal.

Kent Place 19, Morris Catholic 14

Haley Driscott scored four goals and Rachel Mills and Taylor Shannahan fired hat tricks for the Crusaders. Kent Place led 11-7 at the half.


About mcvbb

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

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