CHATHAM, NJ - The score from Tuesday's win over Roxbury stood out for how many goals Chatham gave up in the game.
Entering the Roxbury contest, Chatham had allowed a total of 14 goals in its first four games. Then came the 11 goals put up by Roxbury.
Chatham allayed any fears of a suddenly porous defense on Thursday when it posted a shutout in the 14-0 boys lacrosse win over West Essex at Cougar Field.
"Roxbury played well. They jumped on us the other day and scored six in the first quarter," Chatham coach Tony Calandra said. "We really buckled down and got back to what we needed to do. I thought we moved the ball well today, both goalies did a good job, we defended well."
Mac Bredahl scored 58 seconds into the game and sparked the offense for Chatham (5-1) with three goals and an assist in the opening quarter. Bredahl ended the game with four goals and three assists.
Max Schelling scored two straight goals in the opening quarter and Connor Byrd, who ended with a goal and four assists, scored with 9.2 seconds left in the first quarter to make it 6-0.
An early sign that the Cougar defense was back on track came in the opening quarter when defensive middie Timmy Adams passed to defender Kyle Kology, who broke into the offensive end and fed Bredahl for the goal.
In the second quarter, Grant Webster cut to the goal and put away Bredahl's pass from behind the net. A minute later, Byrd passed up top to Adams, who blasted home a high shot for his first goal of the season. That made it 8-0.
Timmy Adams talks about his first goal of the season and the intensity of the defense
Chatham spread its goal-scoring out during the course of the game with Thomas Berger, Frank Anello, Ryan Chase, Chris Grosso and Chris Francesco each contributing a goal.
Ryan Ness made three saves in the first half for the Cougars before Jack O'Neill took over in the second half and made the shutout stand up with seven saves.
Mac Bredahl opened the scoring 58 seconds in the game for Chatham
Grant Webster scores off a feed from Mac Bredahl in the second half for Chatham
Chatham plays an 11 a.m. game Saturday at Mount Olive