Delbarton advances to play Summit in T of C title game

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BRIDGEWATER — J. J. McBride scored four goals and Emmet Cordrey fired a hat trick to lift Delbarton to a 12-6 victory over Ridgewood in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions held at Basilone Field on Wednesday.

Jordan Dowiak and Conor Mackie each had two goals and one assist, Ryan Onderdonk connected for a goal and Will McCarthy contributed three assists for the Green Wave.

Delbarton (20-3) faces Summit in the T of C title game scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday also in Bridgewater-Raritan. The Hilltoppers defeated the Green Wave 8-7 in a game on March 29.

Seven different players scored goals for the Maroons (15-8).

62 bl mlsum delbrwConor Mackie and Emmet Cordrey do a mid-air chest bump to celebrate a first-half goal. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Delbarton trailed 5-4 at halftime and rallied for five third-quarter goals to take an 9-6 edge going into the fourth quarter.

“We started real slow today,” Dowiak said. “At halftime we kind of said, ‘are we really going to pack it in today after all we’ve been through this season?’ It’s probably just the motivation to play again with your friends tomorrow at practice kind of excelled us to the win today.”

It has been Delbarton’s habit in recent weeks of making third-quarter runs to take control of games. Mackie got into the habit of winning a few face-offs and the Green Wave offense began to get into a rhythm.

McBride triggered the second half scoring by circling the crease and connecting with a tight angle shot in the right corner to tie the game 5-all at 8:08.

68 bl mlsum delbrwJ. J. McBride knows his way around the net for Delbarton. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Mackie won the next face-off. The ball moved about until a pass on the left side of the field bounced out of Dowiak’s stick. He picked up the ground ball, spun and fired in one motion hitting top shelf at 7:45 to make it 6-5.

Mackie scored next on a feed from McCarthy at 6:54. However, Ridgewood won the next draw and a Delbarton defenseman was whistled for slashing. The Maroons took advantage with an Alex Linton goal for a 7-6 game.

The Green Wave finished the period with a flourish. Scores by McBride at 2:21 and Dowiak (another bullet) with three seconds left on the clock made it a 9-6 game going into the fourth quarter.

The momentum was squarely in the Green Wave’s favor. A Delbarton defensive switch to a tight zone befuddled the Maroons a bit. Most of the time it didn’t matter because the Green Wave kept gaining lengthy possessions to take time off the clock. They added three more goals to cement the win and advance to the title game.

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

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