NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - New Providence sophomore attacker Jack Harvey scored four goals on Monday, leading the Pioneers to a 6-4 win over Livingston High School at Lieder Field.
The win improves the Pioneers record to 13-4, while the Lancers dropped to 12-6.
Despite the final score, Harvey said "the score didn't represent the way we played."
Livingston got first blood in the game, scoring 1:15 into the first quarter when Brendan Flaherty found the net from the right side.
The quick goal seemed to wake the Pioneers up, as they scored five unanswered goals.
Harvey broke the shutout with 6:43 to play in the first. Four minutes later, Harvey scored again on the man-advantage to lead 2-1 after the first 12 minutes of action.
More importantly for the Pioneers, after the opening goal, they took control of ball possession, rarely allowing the Lancers to set up their offense in the first half.
"After they scored [to open the game], we settled down and held a ton of possession," New Providence head coach Vinny Carangelo said. "We have to do that more often."
In the second, Rob Madsen and Mike McGuire both scored in the first six minutes to jump up by three goals going into halftime.
Harvey said it was a Madsen's goal that propelled the Pioneers strong play.
He said: "My goals were great, but Rob Madsen's goal was a shift of momentum during the game."
After the break, Harvey scored a quick tally to extend the Pioneer lead to 5-1.
"We felt pretty good at halftime," Carangelo said. "We scored a quick goal to open the third. We give them a lot of credit for coming back.
Livingston responded by scored three straight goals. Jake Hofffer scored twice and Billy Mandl added a tally to pull the Lancers within one goal in the fourth quarter. However, with the game coming to a close, Harvey scored his fourth goal of the game to seal the win.
New Providence goalie Brian Valerio gets credit for the win. He recorded 15 saves off 19 shots on goal.
Valerio credits the Pioneer offense and their ball possession for his successful game.
"I get a lot of confidence when our offense is producing, when the ball is on my side of the field," Valerio said. "I give it my all to make the save, clear the ball and give the defense a rest while our offense has possession. They have been getting better of holding onto the ball which gives the defense the rest we need to go 100 percent every defensive possession."
New Providence has one more tune-up before the state tournament begins on Saturday morning. The Pioneers will host Delaware Valley on Wednesday for Senior Night, before facing Robbinsville in the first round of the NJSIAA State Tournament.
Livingston will visit Morristown-Beard on Wednesday, before hosting Montclair in the state tournament.
Note: Nick Papadimas contributed to this report.