BRIDGEWATER, NJ -- The Ridge boys lacrosse team avenged its only loss so far this season in its biggest game of the year, defeating Montgomery, 15-9, for the Somerset County Tournament championship Saturday afternoon at the Torpey Complex.
Chris Crapanzano and Jake Hoffman each scored four goals for Ridge (16-1), which won its first county title since 2013. It is the third Somerset County championship overall for the Red Devils.
Ridge outscored Montgomery, 3-0, in the second quarter to take a 6-3 halftime lead. Crapanzano, Hoffman and Jake Olmstead scored for Ridge in the second quarter. Hoffman, who has 32 goals this season, netted three of his four goals Saturday in the first half.
In the third quarter, Ridge extended its run to five consecutive goals after Jack Perry and Sean Richter each scored to extend the lead to 8-3. Crapanzano also tossed in a pair of goals in the third quarter, which concluded with the Red Devils ahead, 11-4.
Crapanzano doled out two assists in addition to his four goals. Olmstead (one assist) and Zima each scored two goals. Wes Hudkins came up from the back line to score one goal, and Sean Eversen contributed three assists for Ridge. Connor Hackett made five saves.
Montgomery (12-3) was the only team to beat Ridge this season, edging the Red Devils in Basking Ridge, 8-7, two weeks ago.