Mountain Lakes girls outlast Glen Ridge for Group I North title

By Sandy Seegers

Morriscountylacrosse

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ It’s become a late May ritual – Mountain Lakes versus Glen Ridge for top honors in North Jersey, Group I.

The matchup, always much anticipated, tends to be a hard-fought one.

On Wednesday, May 28, the rival Lakers and Ridgers clashed for the fourth consecutive time in the sectional final and Mountain Lakes, behind five goals apiece by Jackie Perry and Grainger Rosati, registered a 15-13 victory to come away with the title.

“It was awesome,” said Rosati, a sophomore attack. “We held them. We worked so hard for this. We knew Glen Ridge would come out hard because they did when we played them earlier in the season. We weren’t going to let up.”

DSC_0767Mountain Lakes’ Alyssa Sebesto scrambles to win the draw during Wednesday’s game.
(Photo by Sandy Seegers)

The offense, which also received a hat trick from Rachel Treweeke and two goals from Victoria Kalamaras, played a large role in the win, of course. However, it the defensive efforts of Alyssa Sebesto and Jill Boehmeke were equally critical.

Boehmeke, a sophomore, was asked to limit Glen Ridge’s Kendall Smith, who scored eight goals and added three assists in a North Jersey, Group I semifinal against Kent Place. Boehmeke, who has made “a handful of starts,” according to Lakers coach Jen Munday, held the dangerous Smith to one goal.

Sebesto did not allow Paige Moriarty, another consistent scorer, to put the ball in the net.

DSC_0889Mountain Lakes celebrates its North I sectional title victory. (Photo by Sandy Seegers)

“We shut down their two top scorers,” Munday said. “The entire defense stepped up, especially Alyssa and Jill. That was a great effort. I’m proud my kids came together. We work hard. The seniors lead everyone. Now we’re going back to the championship.”

The Lakers (22-1) will face Oak Knoll in the Group I final on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Monmouth University.

Not only did Sebesto pressure Moriarty, she shared faceoff responsibilities with Perry.

“They were great on the draw. They killed it,” Rosati said.

Mountain Lakes raced out to a 5-0 lead in the opening 6:29. Treweeke had two of the first five goals, connecting 31 seconds and 6:29 into the first half.

DSC_0794Mountain Lakes’ Jill Boehmcke played an important role on the defense for the Lakers. (Photo by Sandy Seegers)

Glen Ridge got on the scoreboard 6:38 into the game when Tess Howland converted. The Ridgers had their chances but the Lakers’ defense and goalie Julie Krupnick thwarted them. Mountain Lakes went into the locker room at halftime with an 11-8 advantage.

After the break, the Lakers retained the upper hand. However, Glen Ridge, whose record was 1-7 in mid-April, battled back with Mountain Lakes in front, 13-8. There were back-to-back goals by Howland before Holly Lloyd netted two goals and Smith got her lone goal.

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Alyssa Sebesto knifes between two Glen Ridge defenders to try and get a loose ball. (Photo by Sandy Seegers)

Suddenly, the Lakers, once on top by a score of 14-10, were threatened.  After Rosati closed out Mountain Lakes’ scoring with 4:42 remaining, the Ridgers rallied. They fired in three goals over the last 4:16.

“We weren’t going to let that bother us,” Rosati said. “We couldn’t let it end today. We weren’t going to give it away.”

Munday was glad to escape with a win. On April 23, Mountain Lakes prevailed against Glen Ridge, 21-15.

“Glen Ridge has great players and great coaches,” Munday said. “They battle to the last minute. We knew they’d keep fighting. Julie had some pretty big saves for us. She made a lot of important stops.”

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Sophomore goalkeeper Julie Krupnick has been outstanding all season for the Lakers. (Photo by Sandy Seegers)

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

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