May 5, 2014 at 10:40 PM
CHATHAM, NJ - It was "Senior Day" and also a game Chatham had to win.
Little-used seniors such as attackman Joe Nappa and goalie Sean Landolfi came through for third-seeded Chatham in a 13-5 lacrosse victory over Mount Olive in the first round of the Morris County Tournament at Cougar Field.
Mount Olive (4-9) had won its preliminary round MCT matchup against Boonton, 13-2, on Friday, but were no match for the third-seeded Cougars on Monday.
"It's survive and advance at this point," Chatham coach Tony Calandra said.
Landolfi kept Mount Olive scoreless through the first half when Chatham built an 8-0 lead and did not surrender a goal until there was 6:30 left in the third quarter. By that time, the Cougars owned a 9-1 lead. Landolfi played into the fourth quarter, allowing three goals and making six saves.
Nappa scored two key goals for Chatham (11-5), scoring as he was falling on a pass from James Sullivan to make it 6-0 in the second period. Nappa struck again, the second time on a pass from Will Barnett, for a 7-0 bulge.
"I'm usually on the bench most of the game, so it's nice to play and put some in," Nappa said. "I was trying to work for (the hat trick) at the end. I had a couple chances, but couldn't capitalize."
Chatham took a little while to warm up on the offensive end, but when it did, the goals came quickly. Barnett scored the first goal into an open net after Scott Lynch sidestepped the Mount Olive goalie Kevin Geiger to find Barnett all alone.
Freshman Thomas Berger followed with a high shot from up top that connected and David Gill sprinted in from the right to score unassisted. Thomas Berger's shot from the left of the cage made it 4-0 for Chatham with 25 seconds left in the first period.
Robert Rhoads netted a goal off a Thomas Berger feed to start of the second period. Nappa then scored his two goals and Barnett made it 8-0 after receiving a pass from Rich Berger.Gill's high blast off a feed from Rich Berger made it 9-0 in the third.
Also contributing goals for the Cougars were Evan Bernard, Austin Pierce, Danny Barkhorn and Matt Coleman. Mount Olive received three goals from Matt Sanchez.
Robert Rhoads scores for Chatham in video below