Chatham Boys Lacrosse Pulls Away in Fourth Quarter to Defeat Morristown

Chatham regrouped to outscore Morristown, 5-1, over the final two quarters Credits: TAP Chatham
Max Schelling scored two goals for Chatham Credits: TAP Chatham
Ryan Decker produced two goals for Chatham vs. Morristown Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - If the fourth quarter proved anything, it's that the Chatham boys lacrosse team doesn't have to let junior attack Mac Bredahl have all the fun on the offensive end this season.

Bredahl, who put up 10 points in the season opener on Wednesday, was joined by his teammates on the scoring end as Chatham posted a 10-5 victory over Morristown in a Cougar Spring Weekend contest Saturday at Cougar Field.

Max Schelling, Bredahl, Connor Byrd and Evan Gavalakis each netted goals over the final 7:02 of the game when Chatham broke open a tight contest to defeat the Colonials.

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"Max had a couple, Decker had a couple, Gav had one and Thomas Berger had a couple assists," Chatham coach Tony Calandra said. "It's about a complete team. The defense really shut them down in the second half. Both goalies played well."

Kendall Rogers had scored with eight seconds left in the third quarter to slice the deficit to 6-5 for Morristown (0-2). It stayed that way until Byrd fed Schelling, who made a downhill run to score for a 7-5 lead. That ignited a four-goal run for Chatham.

Max Schelling's goal in the fourth quarter staked Chatham to a 7-5 lead

Ryan Ness went into goal to start the second half and he allowed just one goal, the score by Rogers in the closing seconds of the third quarter. The defense was helped by the offense, which won more faceoffs and had longer possessions in the second half.

"They won early faceoffs and possessed the ball in the first half," Calandra said. "I don't think we were impatient offensively, we just didn't have the ball that much in the first half. We had a little bit of a lead in the third quarter and then we gave up a goal with eight seconds to go. Once we started winning faceoffs and controlling the ball. I thought we had good shots all game long. It was just a matter of stringing some possessions together."

Max Schelling scored to ignite a four-goal outburst by Chatham in the fourth quarter

It was a struggle in the first half for the Cougars, partly because Colonial senior Drew Chilson won seven of 11 faceoffs to give Morristown possession of the ball. 

Bredahl, who finished with three goals and two assists, set up goals by Grant Webster and Schelling in the first quarter before Pat Cosgrove forced a turnover that led to Chatham's third goal and a 3-1 lead. After Cosgrove's turnover, Berger fed Decker, who made a downhill run and finished his chance.

Morristown scored to tie the game at 3-3 in the second quarter, but Will Hosbein won the ensuing faceoff for Chatham and that led to a Bredahl goal and  a 4-3 edge. Decker followed with a goal off a feed from Byrd before Morristown cut it to 5-4 heading into the break.

Mac Bredahl showed that he also has a power shot to go with his finesse plays

Ryan Decker's high blast in the third quarter was his second goal of the game

Chatham travels to meet Delbarton on Tuesday.

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