Boys Lacrosse5/27Varsity--Ramapo 10 - Chatham 8
CHATHAM -- After losing to Chatham a year ago in the same title game, it seemed like déjà vu all over again for Ramapo.
Chatham dominated the first 10 minutes of this year’s rematch, sprinting up and down the field and attacking its way to an early three-goal lead.
Eventually, Ramapo slowed down the tempo, penetrated Chatham’s lock-down defense and created its best scoring chance thus far, but Matt Karsian's shot rung off the post and it seemed as if everything was going wrong for Ramapo.
Finally, with 1:44 to go in the first quarter, Andrew Robbins broke through with a wrap-around score. That goal was all Ramapo needed to turn around the game.
From that point forward, second-seeded Ramapo, No. 16 in the NJ.com Top 20, controlled the pace of play to knock off top-seeded and No. 3 Chatham, 10-8, in the NJSIAA/Investors Bank North Jersey, Group 2 championship in Chatham.
Despite falling behind to the reigning champions early, Ramapo coach Tom Albano remained confident in his team.
“We knew that [Chatham] comes out of the gates really fast,” he said, “And we knew we kind of had to weather the storm a little bit. They got their first three goals boom, boom, boom, but we knew as long as we could chip one in and stay with them that we were going to have an opportunity to win the game at the end.”
Sporting a methodical, grinding offense, Ramapo did just that.
Jack Griffin tied the game at three in the second period with one of his four goals on the day and gave Ramapo all of the momentum. Along with a hat trick and an assist from Robbins and crucial saves by Johnny Caponi, Ramapo stood tall to win its first sectional title since 2006.
Ramapo’s upset victory came against a Chatham team that had won three of the last five North Jersey, Group 2 titles, including last year’s versus Ramapo.
“This is a special group of kids that have worked their butts off for the last two years,” Albano said. “Guys played with confidence, young guys stepped up when we needed them to step up... We’re a complete team right now.”
In a game that featured four ties in second and third periods, Ty Jaten finally put Ramapo up for good with five and half minutes left in the third. The goal capped yet another lengthy, slow-paced Ramapo possession, which was exactly in line with Ramapo’s strategy according to Albano.
“Our starting attack line and our offense as a whole, they did what we asked them to, and that was to be patient, take your time, don’t settle for shots and when you get an opportunity to put the ball in the back of the net that’s what you do,” he said.
Besides the seven combined goals from Griffin and Robbins, Karsian and Eddie Krabel each found the back of the net once and Ryan Sisti tallied three assists.
For Chatham, who came into the matchup with just two losses on the season (both against top-ranked Delbarton), Ryan Decker and Chris Francesco netted two goals apiece and accounted for two of the team’s three first period goals.
After Decker, Francesco and Connor Byrd put Chatham ahead 3-0, Albano called a timeout to settle his team down and remind them that they’ve been in this position before.
“That’s why the sport of lacrosse is beautiful,” he said, “No matter what type of hole you’re in you can still dig your way out of it. If you get those chances, those opportunities like we did in transition, the game can change really quickly.”
Now that Ramapo has avenged last season’s loss to Chatham and has upset the No. 3 team in the state, it turns its focus to Wednesday’s Group 2 final against South Jersey champion Rumson-Fair Haven, No. 14 in the NJ.com Top 20.
“We’re happy to win the sectional championship, it’s always the first goal, the first mountain you have to climb,” Albano said, “But our goal still is to win on Wednesday, that’s the real state championship.”5/23Varsity--Chatham 18 - Vernon 4
Mac Bredahl collected a career-high seven goals as top-seeded Chatham, No. 3 in the NJ.com Top 20, defeated fourth-seeded Vernon, 18-4, in the semifinal round of the North Jersey, Group 2 tournament in Chatham.
Frank Anello, Thomas Berger, Connor Byrd and Chris Francesco all tallied a pair of goals in the win with Evan Gavalakis and Cade Krauss scoring one goal ach. Byrd added a game-high three assists as Ryan Ness and Jack O'Neill combined to make six saves.
Brandan Lewis, Jeff Sedlock, Dylan Schiedle and Tom Brennan provided the offense for Verona with a goal each. Lewis, Sedlock and Zack Biango posted an assist each.
Chatham will now face the winner of second-seeded Ramapo and third-seeded Sparta, which will be played at 6 p.m. Wednesday, in the championship game on Saturday.5/4Varsity--Chatham 11 - Morristown Beard 5 (MCT Quarterfinal)
Mac Bredahl scored three goals and dished three assists to lead second-seeded Chatham, No. 2 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 11-5 victory over seventh-seeded Morristown-Beard in the quarterfinal round of the Morris County Tournament in Chatham.
Connor Byrd scored four goals and chipped in an assist, Frank Anello had three goals and an assist and Thomas Berger chipped in a goal and an assist for Chatham.
Connor Morin scored two goals and had an assist and Sam Hatfield scored a goal and had an assist for Morristown-Beard.
Chatham will play third-seeded Mountain Lakes, No. 6 in the NJ.com Top 20, in the semifinals.5/1Varsity--Chatham 18 - Boonton 3 (MCT)
Grant Webster tallied three goals with two assists and Connor Byrd, Frank Abnello, and William Hosbein each added two goals apiece to lead second-seeded Chatham, No. 2 in the NJ.com Top 20, to an 18-3 victory over 15th-seeded Boonton in Chatham.
Thomas Berger, Ryan Chase, Chris Conlin, Pat Cosgrove, Ryan Decker, Chris Francesco, Cole Krauss, Jack Rooney, and Sean Valenti each posted one score apiece for Chatham, which advanced to Thursday's quarterfinals and will play the winner between 10th-seeded Mount Olive and seventh-seeded Morristown-Beard.
Austin Van Zant had two goals and Ryan Lourick added another for Boonton.4/29Varsity--Chatham 16 - Medfield 5 (MA)
Frank Anello led the way with five goals as Chatham, No. 4 in the NJ.com Top 20, defeated Medfield (M.a.), 16-5, in Sudbury, M.a.
Chatham had 11 players score. Mac Bredahl finished with two goals and two assists. Ryan Decker added one goal and four assists. Thomas Berger, Ryan Chase, Chris Francesco, Chris Grosso, Cole Krauss, Max Schelling, Grant Webster, Timmy Adams also found the back of the net.
Chatham took a total of 27 shots on goal.4/27Varsity--Chatham 8 - Seton Hall Prep 6Chatham improved to 10-1 on the season with a 8-6 victory over Seton Hall Prep. Read more at tapintochatham.net and and nj.com4/22Varsity--Chatham 8 - Summit 2Chatham improved to 9-1 on the season with a 8-2 victory over Summit. Read more at tapintochatham.net and nj.com4/20Varsity--Chatham 16 - West Morris Central 6Mac Bredahl and Connor Byrd had two goals and three assists each for Chatham, No. 8 in the NJ.com Top 20, in its 16-6 win over West Morris.
Ryan Decker had four goals and one assist, and Max Schelling added two goals for Chatham.
Jack Dipietro led West Morris with three goals.4/18Varsity--Chatham 10 - Westfield 5The Boys Varsity Lacrosse team moved to 7-1 on the season with a 10-5 victory over Westfield. Read more at tapintochatham.net and nj.com4/15Varsity--Chatham 17 - Mount Olive 5
Frank Anello's four goals paved the way for a 17-5 Chatham victory over Mount Olive in Mount Olive.
Mac Bredahl added three goals and dished out four assists, while Connor Byrd and Evan Gavalakis each found the back of the net twice.
William Hoesbein picked up 11 ground balls, and Ryan Ness and Jack O'Neill each racked up four saves.
David Baraniuk and Jackson Tilves each scored twice for Mount Olive.4/13Varsity--Chatham 14 - West Essex 0
Mac Bredahl had four goals and three assists for Chatham, No. 5 in the NJ.com Top 20, in its 14-0 victory over West Essex in Chatham.
Connor Byrd added one goal and four assists, Max Schelling contributed two goals, and Frank Anello, Thomas Berger, Ryan Chase, Chris Francesco, Timmy Adams, Grant Webster and Chris Grossed all chipped in one goal each for Chatham.4/11Varsity--Chatham 13 - Roxbury 11
Mac Bredahl tallied four goals and four assists to lead Chatham, No. 5 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 13-11 win over Roxbury in Succasunna. Chatham trailed by three goals at the end of the first quarter but rallied back by scoring nine goals in the second and third quarter. Thomas Berger also scored four goals for Chatham while Frank Anello and Connor Byrd both added on two goals. Dave Biank and Eric D'Arminio both scored four goals for Roxbury while Paul Shadel recorded two goals.4/8Varsity--Chatham 13 - Bernards 3
Mac Bredahl's game-high three goals led Chatham past Bernards, 13-3, in Chatham. Frank Anello, Chris Francesco and Evan Gavalakis scored two goals each for Chatham. Ryan Decker had two assists as well.
J.P. Heppes had 13 saves for Bernards.4/4Varsity--Delbarton 5 - Chatham 1Thomas Berger scored for Chatham. Ryan Ness recorded 19 saves. Chatham is now 2 - 1 on the season.4/1Varsity--Chatham 10 - Morristown 5
Mac Bredahl finished with a team-high three goals and two assists for Chatham in its 10-5 victory over Morristown in Chatham.
Max Schelling and Ryan Decker contributed two goals each, Connor Byrd added one goal and two assists, and Grant Webster chipped in one goal for Chatham.
Kendall Rogers led Morristown with three goals.3/29Varsity--Chatham 14 - Sparta 1Mac Bredahl had 5 goals and 5 assists to pace Chatham to a 14-1 victory over Sparta. Frank Anello, Thomas Berger, and Connor Byrd each had 2 goals for the Cougars. Evan Gavalakis, Colin Hart and Cole Krauss also found the back of the net