CHATHAM, NJ - Midway through the 2019 season, Chatham coach Tony Calandra made the subtle move of switching Aidan Decker from middie to attack.
"He's unselfish and he gives us another good stick down there," Calandra said. "He has good vision. I'd like to get him to shoot a little more, but his vision is very good."
Calandra's vision is pretty good, too, when it comes to putting his players in positions where they will succeed. The decision to move the junior into the attack has been a plus for Chatham and that was evident Wednesday when Decker collected four goals and two assists as top-seeded Chatham defeated No. 16 Fair Lawn. 17-1, in the opening round of the North Jersey, Group 3 state tournament.
Chatham (12-6) will play host to No. 9 seed Wayne Valley (11-7) in the state quarterfinals, 4:30 Friday at Cougar Field.
Decker boosted his season totals to 28 goals and 25 assists and the only issue Calandra has with his game is that he isn't shooting enough. Decker talks about his move to attack in the video below.
Decker scored the first goal of the game just 45 seconds into the action (see video below) and Colin Hart followed by picking up a ground ball and firing it home for a 2-0 lead.
Nick Jones scores off a pass from Aidan Decker to make it a 3-0 game less than two minutes into the action
James Platek made it 4-0 for Chatham with this downhill run and turn
COUGAR NOTES: Chatham received goals from 13 different players, including two from sophomore middie Luke Burns ... senior Zach Krieger and junior Griffin Eckert each scored their first career varsity goals for Chatham ... Long stick James Ehler netted his second goal of the season ... Chatham led, 14-0, at halftime.