MADISON, NJ - The Madison boys’ lacrosse team saw its season come to a close late Wednesday afternoon in a 7-2 loss to Mountain Lakes in the Group 1 state final. Despite losing, starting goalie Nick Spagnoletti made six saves, including two back to back saves on his own doorstep to keep the game scoreless in the first quarter.
It took the entirety of the first quarter for the teams to shake out the nerves as both squads struggled offensively as well as clearing the ball in transition from defense to offense. There were a few opportunities for both Madison and Mountain Lakes, however after one quarter the game was still even at 0-0.
The Lakers wouldn’t take long after the opening whistle of the second quarter as they came out and scored just fifty-nine seconds in to gain the 1-0 advantage. The hardworking Madison team responded quickly as attack man Ian Waresk netted a goal less than a minute later to knot the score at 1-1.
With about eight minutes remaining in the first half the Lakers were able to take advantage of two Dodger mistakes to score two goals and take a 3-1 half time lead. Their first goal came from a Madison offside violation while clearing the ball. Then during the ensuing faceoff, Madison was called for an illegal procedure which grants the other team possession of the ball, and ten seconds after their second goal of the afternoon the Lakers scored their third goal.
Coming out of halftime Mountain Lakes was just too much for the Dodger defense to handle, maintaining the majority of the possession time as well as doubling their lead to 6-1 by the end of the quarter.
The resilient Madison team would not go down without a fight as Waresk would score again from a pass he received from Junior Will Anton to bring the score to 6-2.
Unfortunately that would be the rest of the offense that the Dodgers would generate and the game ended with a final score of 7-2 with Mountain Lakes taking the Group 1 overall state final.
The Dodgers can hold their heads held high as they finish their season with an overall record of 14-7 as well as the Group 1, South championship title.