Hanlon’s OT goal gives Delbarton an MCT title

By Mark Kitchin


MADISON — Troy Hanlon’s man-advantage goal with 1:24 left in overtime lifted Delbarton to an 8-7 triumph over Chatham in the Morris County Tournament boys lacrosse final on the turf at Fairleigh Dickinson University on Tuesday.

The Green Wave rallied from a second-half, 3-goal deficit and had a two-goal spurt in the final 3:07 of the fourth quarter to tie the game. Emmet Cordrey connected off an Andrew Ford pass with three seconds left in regulation to force the overtime period.

Michael Rutter scored four goals and Emmet Cordrey had two goals and four assists for the top-seeded and defending champion Green Wave.

Will Barnett fired a hat trick and Thomas Berger had two goals and two assists for third-seeded Chatham in its second finals appearance in three years. Both of them came against Delbarton.

It was a third consecutive MCT title and 14th county title overall for the Green Wave. Very few of them were so hard fought. Chatham won face-offs and executed smart possessions to lead 5-2 at halftime and 6-4 to start the fourth quarter.

The team of Cordrey to Rutter combined for a pair of goals sandwiched between a Berger score in the fourth quarter. Chatham held a tenuous 7-6 lead in the final minute. However, Delbarton took advantage of a Cougars tripping penalty that was called on a Chatham defender during a breakaway. Cordrey connected on a feed from Ford that tied the game and sent the Green Wave fans into a frenzy.

In the overtime, Chatham gained the initial possession. The Cougars’ Evan Bernard took a couple of shots. Then on a scramble, the Green Wave took possession when defenseman Jack Kielty snatched a loose ball out of the air and the Green Wave called a time out.

An offsides call on the subsequent clear gave Delbarton a man up opportunity and the Green Wave players took advantage of it. When Hanlon gathered a Cordrey feed and put his shot in the back of the net, the Delbarton players piled on top of each other in a corner of the field and began celebrating another MCT title.


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

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