VERONA, NJ – The No. 5 Verona Hillbillies advanced to the second round of states with a 10-5 victory over No. 12 Kittatinny Wednesday in a home game for Verona.  

After three shots on goal from junior Steven Luehs, senior Jarrod Keating started things off for Verona scoring the first goal of the game at the seven-minute mark. Kittatinny responded with two goals of their own at the end of the first quarter giving them a 2-1 lead heading into the second.  They also controlled possession for most of the quarter, but neither team was able to get open looks at the net.

The action picked up in the second quarter as Verona had five shots on goal in the first four minutes including a goal from Luehs assisted by senior Jeremy Boub with eight minutes remaining.  

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Still in the second Kittatinny scored two more taking a 4-2 lead with four minutes left in the half.  Sophomore Jack Lonsinger responded with 53 seconds left in the half followed by Keating’s second goal of the game with three seconds remaining.  Verona went into the break tied 4-4. Keating finished with five shots and two goals.

The Hillbillies came out of the break fast as Lonsinger netted another 40 seconds into the third quarter with sophomore Trevor Spinelli getting on the score sheet less than a minute after.  

Later in the quarter Lonsinger scored again this time with a man advantage, and sophomore Michael Matarazzo added to the tally making it 8-4 Verona at the end of the third.  

The Hillbillies closed out the fourth quarter to win 10-5 with a goal from Boub and Lonsinger’s fourth.  Goalie Harrison Keating saved 8 shots allowing only one goal in the second half.

“We’re playing Kinnelon in the second round.  We played them in the preseason, and we want to continue to play our style, play fast and physical and have some fun while doing it,” says Head Coach Matt Diglio.  

They face No. 4 Kinnelon in Kinnelon this Saturday at 12 p.m.

All photos by Frank DeLorenzo.

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