CHATHAM, NJ - Minutes into the game, the Tenafly goalie was in a joking mood. He could be heard talking to his Chatham opponents and stating: "I'm not gonna lie, you guys are pretty good."
Both teams came into the game with 11 wins on the season, but No. 2-seeded Chatham flexed the muscles it earned from lifting a heavy regular-season schedule, rolling to an 18-1 victory over No. 15 Tenafly in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Group 2 boys lacrosse tournament on Wednesday at rainy Cougar Field.
Chatham (12-6) will play host to No. 10 Vernon in the state quarterfinals, 4:30 Friday at Cougar Field.
The game was played through a steady precipitation and the Cougars made it rain goals in the opening period, moving to a 10-0 lead and taking a 15-0 advantage into the halftime break.
Chatham senior Mac Bredahl, who led the offense with three goals and two assists, was recognized before the game for becoming the school's all-time career boys lacrosse scorer two games back.
Bredahl erased the career point record of 280 set by Pete Coleman and will take 292 career points into the Vernon game. Remarkably, he now has 146 goals and 146 assists in his career. He'll also be shooting for 100 points this season, taking 50 goals and 43 assists into the next game.
Ryan Chase got Chatham started with a downhill run and shot (see video below). Colin Hart then won the ensuing faceoff and took it straight to the goal, scoring 12 seconds later.
Bredahl then made it 3-0 when he finished off a pass from Connor Byrd (see below).
COUGAR NOTES: Eleven different players scored goals for Chatham, with junior Josh Smith netting his first two career goals in the game ... CORRECTION: Cole Krauss posted a hat trick against Hunterdon Central on Monday, but his three goals were mistakenly credited to his twin brother, Cade.