FLANDERS, NJ - After Chris Francesco put away a pass from Connor Byrd with eight minutes left in the third quarter, he received a homework assignment from Chatham boys lacrosse coach Tony Calandra.
Calandra told Francesco to watch the video of that particular sequence and then keep watching it because that's exactly the kind of ball movement and spacing he wants to see in the future.
Calandra and the Cougars had the luxury of working on the little things on Saturday during a 17-5 win against Mount Olive that was pretty much over at halftime.
"We're trying to get them to move the ball and get to spots and that's what we work on constantly and that's exactly what we're looking for them to do on the offensive end," Calandra said. "That (goal by Francesco) was an example of exactly what we want them to do."
Now that Mount Olive (3-4) is in their rear-view mirror, the Cougars are faced with the prospect of consecutive games against Westfield, West Morris, Summit and Seton Hall Prep, starting with Westfield on Tuesday.
"We have to focus and keep getting better," Calandra said. "Our only loss has been to Delbarton and we shot 1-for-29 in that game."
Senior Will Hosbein won 11 faceoffs against the Marauders, including one that he took straight to the net for his first goal of the season. Senior Frank Anello sparked Chatham (6-1) by earning an assist on the first goal of the game. Connor Byrd threw the ball to Anello behind the net and Anello quickly sent it back to Byrd, who finished his chance for a 1-0 lead.
Anello connected for two straight goals exactly a minute apart in the first period, both on feeds from Mac Bredahl. He then opened the second quarter by converting a pass from Thomas Berger to make it 4-2 for the Cougars.
Anello's score ignited a seven-goal outburst by Chatham in the second quarter. Bredahl (4 goals, 3 assists) scored unassisted and, 10 seconds later, long-stick middie Chris Grosso scored off another faceoff win by Hosbein.
Bredahl then went to work, netting a goal while Chatham was a man down, followed by a threaded pass through a crowd to Berger at the opposite side of the net for a goal (see video below). Bredahl capped the first half with a shot he took while falling that hit the net with 41 seconds showing to make it 10-4 game.
In the second half, Francesco and Evan Gavalakis netted two goals apiece and Byrd (2 goals, 3 assists) and Berger (2 goals, 1 assist) each scored one.
Will Hosbein wins the faceoff and Thomas Berger puts away pass from Mac Bredahl