Madison Dodgers Lacrosse Opens State Tournament with Huge Win Over Point Pleasant


MADISON, NJ - A strong offensive performance helped the Madison Dodgers Boys Varsity Lacrosse cruise through the first round of the South, Group 1 playoff match up against Point Pleasant Borough. A little bit of rain couldn’t stop the Dodgers’ shooters as they were able to score nineteen goals en route to a 19-1 victory on Wednesday, May 18 at home.

Although the sun may not have been out, the Madison offense shined brightly as they tallied a season-high 19 points while only allowing one in their own net.

After finishing the regular season with a record of 10-6, the Dodgers looked eagerly towards their first round matchup. Faced up against Point Pleasant, 6-10, the Dodgers knew they had to play their game in order to come out on top.

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When asked about the team’s attitude going into the game, first year Coach Andrew Apel said, “…We respect everyone we play and we wanted to play hard and play as fast as we possible can, and I think we did that. We knew that they were young but we also knew that if we didn’t play to our level then they would be different.”

Madison was able to jump out to a quick 4-0 lead after the end of the first quarter. Three of which came from Sophomore midfielder Ian Waresk. The fourth, which was also the game’s opening goal, was scored by sophomore Ryan Schmitz. Junior attackman Jimmy Grahling also followed up with a pair of assists by the end of the first quarter. The Dodgers didn’t look back as they were able to net eight more goals in the second quarter to command a 12-1 halftime lead.

Coming out in the third quarter, it was much of the same offensive pressure that Madison had put into place in the first half. By the beginning of the fourth quarter, the Dodgers found themselves up 18-1.

As a team, Madison dominated Point Pleasant in both shots on net, 46-8, and groundballs, 40-12. Not to be out done, the Madison defensive unit stood tall and strong all afternoon long only giving up a second quarter goal, the Dodger defense shut down the Point Pleasant offense for the entirety of the game.

When asked what the team and himself had focused on going into the game, Coach Apel had this to say, “I really wanted to work a little bit on our offense, getting more motional, move movement and passing the ball a little bit better.” He went on to praise his team by stating, “…I thought we did a really good job of getting through and clearing space.”

Madison will be back in action on Saturday, May 21 as they take on Glen Ridge in the second round of the Group 1 South playoff bracket.



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