CHATHAM, NJ - It took the 11th straight victory by the Chatham boys lacrosse team - an 11-5 defeat of Morristown-Beard on Thursday at Cougar Field - to get back where it was last year in the Morris County Tournament.
The Cougars took care of business in its MCT quarterfinal against the Crimson to earn a rematch with Mountain Lakes in the semifinals of the county tournament. A year ago, Mountain Lakes knocked Chatham out in the MCT semifinals, 8-6.
The Cougars (13-1) have never won a Morris County Tournament championship in boys lacrosse.
Connor Byrd, Frank Anello and Mac Bredahl talk about the upcoming matchup against Mountain Lakes
Morristown-Beard (6-7) took a 1-0 lead before Connor Byrd (see below) converted a pass from Kyle Kology to set off a four-goal surge by the Cougars in the first quarter.
Mac Bredahl followed Byrd's goal with an unassisted score (see below) that gave Chatham the lead for good at 2-1. Thomas Berger then made a run at the goal and put away an underhand shot from in close. Bredahl's goal off a feed from Frank Anello with just 6.4 seconds showing in the first made it 4-1.
Mac Bredahl scores an unassisted goal for Chatham vs. Morristown-Beard
The Cougars picked up their offense in he second quarter when Ryan Decker sparked a transition goal with a quick pass to Bredahl, who sent it to Byrd for the finish and a 5-1 advantage.
Byrd finished with four goals, Anello came up with three goals and an assist and Bredahl produced three goals and four assists.