MADISON, NJ - The weather may have cooled off, but the Dodgers did not as they cruised by West Deptford 13-0 on Saturday morning at home in the second round of the Group 1 state championship tournament. Coming off a 17-4 win on Wednesday against Lower Cape May, the Dodgers continued their success.
From beginning to end, the Dodgers controlled the pace of the game with 14 faceoff wins by senior faceoff specialist Ryan Kaye. Madison started the scoring early and did not look back with a goal from junior midfielder Ryan Schmitz. Not soon after, senior attackman Pat Grahling netted his first of the afternoon. With 4:31 left in the first quarter, senior Jackson Cox scored the first of his two goals on the day. Scoring in the first quarter ended with a goal by Grahling assisted by Cox to give the Dodgers a 4-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter saw much of the same, with a goal less than 30 seconds in when senior midfielder Charlie Cleaves scored off a feed from Cox. Grahling scored with 6:52 left in the first half to complete the first half hat trick and just 30 seconds after that, Cox added his second goal with an assist by senior midfielder Sam Rosselli. The Dodgers would close out the half with step-in goal by sophomore midfielder Anthony Mazzella with just 21 seconds left, to go into halftime with a commanding 8-0 lead.
Madison continued its dominance in the second half with another goal from Grahling with 9:36 to play in the third quarter for his fourth. Exactly two minutes later, senior attackman Will Anton scored off an assist from senior midfielder Conrad Pierceall. Not even 30 seconds later Grahling scored his fifth and final goal of the day assisted by Schimtz. Goals from both Mazzella and junior attackman Ian Waresk would close out the scored for the day by the end of the third quarter.
The Dodgers won the groundball battle 23-6 which gave them the majority of the possession time as well. Madison held West Deptford without a goal on the day with junior starting goalie Nick Spagnoletti who had two saves through three quarters of play. Senior goalie Ryan Weck came in as relief in the fourth coming up with two saves of his own.
With the win, Madison advances into the quarterfinals of the Group 1 state championship tournament and their next game will be May 23 against an opponent to be announced.