CHATHAM, NJ - The Chatham boys lacrosse team is sitting comfortably at number 6 in the Star-Ledger Top 20, and its season-opening 12-5 victory over the Colonials of Morristown was a perfect way to start their path to repeating as state champions.
The Cougars started the season with a home game at Cougar Field Wednesday and came ready to play. With a blend of youthful talent and veteran experience Chatham looks to pick up right where they left last season when they capped off the 2013 season with a state championship victory.
Chatham has new faces throughout the field, filling in positions of graduating class of last year. Will Sullivan, a sophomore, made his varsity debut at defense. Another sophomore who made his debut is Matt Nestler. Nestler has stepped up and earned the starting position in net for the Cougars. In his first varsity game, the sophomore recorded 13 saves and, more importantly, his first win.
On the offensive end, Chatham was relentless and in sync as they netted 12 goals. Senior James Sullivan led the team with 3 goals, and in total 8 different Cougars scored. A strong showing from underclassman foreshadows a promising season on the offensive end. Sophomore Austin Pierce contributed 2 goals and an assist in his first varsity game while freshman Thomas Berger scored 2 goals in his first high school action.
The team put forth a great effort and the depth that the Cougars showed on Wednesday leads to high aspirations for the rest of the season.