Delbarton, Mountain Lakes capture Group titles

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Delbarton and Mountain Lakes both captured Group titles in boys lacrosse action on Wednesday.

Non Public A

Delbarton 6, Bergen Catholic 5, 2 OT

A tight defensive battle was won by the Green Wave in extra sessions in Livingston.

J. J. McBride notched the game-winner with 1:21 left in the second overtime period to give the Green Wave their 13th state title.

Jordan Dowiak scored twice and had two assists and Emmet Cordrey, Jack Crowley, Conor Mackie and J. J. McBride each scored goals for Delbarton, the second seed in the bracket. Green Wave keeper Stephen Kovalsky also had a strong performance with nine saves.

Bergen Catholic led 2-1 at the half but Delbarton caught their opponents with a 3-goal third quarter to make it a 4-3 game. A goal by Dowiak gave the Green Wave a 5-3 edge with 9:34 left in regulation but their opponents rallied to tie it at 5-all.

Group I

Mountain Lakes 18, Johnson 6

Christian Cuccinello had five goals and three assists and Brad Smith had three goals and three assists to lift the Lakers to victory in the Group I final.

Chris Sammarro, Zander Kotsen and Ryan Frawley each scored two goals apiece for Mountain Lakes. The Lakers took control early posting a 6-1 first-quarter effort and building a 12-2 advantage at the half. Tandem goalies Paul Kimmelman and Kevin Beihmfor stopped 12 shots in all for Mountain Lakes. It is the 11th title for Mountain Lakes including it’s second consecutive Group I title. Since it lost division and Morris County Tournament titles to Delbarton, it was a meaningful victory for the Lakers.

The first quarter set the tone as Cuccinello and Smith scored two goals apiece in the six-goal first quarter.

Non Public B

Immaculata 17, Morristown-Beard 13

Thomas Rago scored five goals and Trevor Baptiste had three goals and one assist for the Crimson in a neutral site game in Somerville. Chris Glancey notched a pair of goals and Ted Hatfield had a goal and three assists for Morristown-Beard.

The Crimson rallied from a 7-5 half-time deficit and tied the game at 10-all going into the fourth quarter of play. Morristown-Beard ran out of time and goals as Immaculata outscored them 7-3 in the final period. The Crimson finished a stellar season with a 19-3 record.

Griffin Vanderbeek paced Immaculata with four goals and three assists.

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About mcvbb

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

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