MADISON, NJ - The Madison boys’ varsity lacrosse team fell in a hard-fought loss to Morristown Beard Wednesday afternoon in its first game on home turf this season. The game was also Madison’s first conference game this year.

The Dodgers are yet to pull out a win in their first three games this season, but are hopeful after making it to the South, Group 1 sectional championship game last season, before losing to Manasquan.

Morristown Beard held the lead throughout most of the game, but Madison stayed close behind, never trailing by more than two goals. At halftime, the Dodgers were down 5-3.

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However, they came out of the half strong, netting four goals in the third quarter, while only giving up three, and putting themselves down 8-7 going into the final quarter. A goal by senior Jimmy Kenney tied the game up, and gave Madison a chance at a victory in overtime.

The Dodgers were not quite able to get a lead, as Morristown Beard’s aggressive offense put in a goal to clinch the 9-8 victory for the Crimson.

Strong offensive efforts and numerous goals and assists from seniors Jimmy Kenney, Anthony Mazzella, and Stuart Schaenen, as well as juniors Matt Leone and Wyatt Frisch kept Madison in the game. Several saves by junior goalie Jordan Bernstein also helped to keep the game close.

Madison also lost to Medham 11-10 Friday April 5.   The boys team looks for their first season victory Tiesday April 9 against Glen Ridge.