BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Coming off a big 10-5 Fair Lawn victory last week, Gov. Livingston boys lacrosse team (7-6)was ready to get back onto the field Tuesday to win another for their seniors. However, Morris Hills came out more energized and handed the Highlanders a 5-2 loss on Senior Day.
The seniors were celebrated after the game with a ceremony where each of the 10 seniors were announced and honored for their dedication to the sport and were recognized for their achievements.
Doug Anderson will attend Lehigh University majoring in Finance and plans to play club lacrosse. He earned First Team All-Conference his sophomore year.
Turner Haddad will attend TCNJ and plans to wrestle in college.
Mike Helal will attend Rutgers University and major in Environmental Science.
Danny Kramer will attend Fairfield University majoring in Biology.
Chandler Merz will attend Quinnipiac University and will major in Entrepreneurship.
Rob Monroy will attend Seton Hall University majoring in Business.,
Will Nicholson will attend Fairfield University and major in Biology.
Marvin Steller is undecided on college.
Billy Qu will be attend Rutgers University majoring in Business.
Jon Wong will attend TCNJ majoring in Forensic Science.
Morris Hills opened the scoring, leading 2-0 in the first quarter. The senior heavy [Morris Hills] team came out excited, said Gov. Livingston head coach Chet Parlavecchio, who commented on his team coming out flat on offense.
It was a back an forth affair in the second quarter. GL began to dominate possession late in the quarter, however, Morris Hills' defensive pressure forced the Highlanders to outside distance shots. Junior Kyle Wahlers made several attempts to cut for a pass, but found himself firing multiple shots from the point. Finally, Andrew Rittman found an opening and received a pass by Will Nicholson to score with less than a minute left in the half. Rittman would get one more shot off before heading to halftime down 2-1.
The Highlanders have been playing without senior captains Jon Wong and Doug Anderson the past two weeks. Parlavechio was pleased with his players for stepping up in their absence and was happy to have Anderson back in the lineup for the senior day game. Parlavechio knows there's a spark missing without Wong. "He's a heart and soul guy, he's a little bit of a lightening rod," he said.
Morris Hills opened the second half with energy brewing and controlled the ball in the third quarter. The Scarlett Knights were able to convert on scoring chances advancing the lead to 4-1 to end the third. This momentum continued into the final quarter as they scored one more time.
In a late in the game possession surge, Anderson tried to break from behind but couldn't convert. Matt Richel lasered a shot from the left side for a goal with 3:32 remaining on the clock.
Both sides kept the pressure until the bitter end. The Highlanders made a final attempt with Kyle Wahlers bringing the ball up the side and found Anderson who fired the last shot saved by goalie Anthony Farro, who made 13 game saves.
"We left this one on the table," said Parlavechio, however, he credits his defense for a great game.
The Highlanders were back in action on Thursday with their eyes focused on qualifying for the playoffs with a record above .500. With a 7-6 overtime victory over Clifton, State Tournament qualification is within their grasp.
Zach Miller and Andrew Rittman both scored twice in the Clifton victory; Kyle Wahlers and Cole Wahlers each added a goal and an assist and Matt Richel scored.
Next, GL travels to Parsippany Hills on Friday with a 4 p.m. start.