BASKING RIDGE, NJ -- Ridge underscored its status among the elite boys lacrosse teams in New Jersey Saturday evening with a 5-4 victory at home against Ridgewood.
Ridge (9-0) maintained its defensive excellence with another stifling performance by its back line and by goalie Connor Hackett. The Red Devils have allowed an average of less than four goals per game over their last seven games.
Jake Hoffman scored two goals and Sean Eversen finished with one goal and two assists for the Red Devils. Chris Crapanzano and Michael Zima each scored one goal and Jack Perry provided one assist in the victory. Hackett made 17 saves.
Ridge scored the first two goals of the game in the opening quarter. Hoffman scored with 3:39 left in the quarter for a 1-0 lead, then Eversen extended the lead to 2-0 with a minute left in the first quarter. That play was triggered by a spectacular save by Hackett at one end. His long outlet led to a fast break and Eversen used his speed to maneuver into scoring position for the goal.
Ridgewood (7-2) scored with 9:35 left in the half to cut the Ridge lead to 2-1. The Red Devils were able to maintain their lead heading into the half thanks to a sterling defensive play by Wes Hudkins, who wrested the ball away from the Ridgewood attackman near the goal just before he could get off a point-blank shot with under a minute left.
Crapanzano, Zima and Hoffman scored Ridge's second-half goals. Zima's goal with 33 seconds left in the third quarter broke a 3-3 tie and gave Ridge the lead for good.