WEST CALDWELL, NJ - Both the Caldwell Chiefs and Morristown Colonials girls lacrosse teams entered their game on Thursday undefeated with 2-0 records in the NJIGLL Freedom South Conference. The Colonials took sole possession of first place with a victory at James Caldwell High School.
The Chiefs entered the second half down two goals, but the Colonials scored three goals in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the second half en-route to a decisive 14-6 victory.
“I think that we came out really strong and we played a really great first half,” said Caldwell head coach Angela Giantino. “Then in the second half, we lost that intensity. I think that’s where we weren’t as successful in the end.”
The Chiefs tied the game, 4-4, with 10:01 left in the first half on a goal by junior Grace Conlon, but Morristown freshman Annika Begley scored two goals before the end of the half to take a, 6-4, lead into the second half.
The Colonials would only build to their lead in the game’s second half.
“As I said to them, it’s about transferring that energy into something,” Giantino said. “Instead of putting your heads down when someone scores on you, get mad about it and score a goal back.”
Morristown seniors Casey O’Brien and Meghan Siverson carried their team’s offense with five points each. O’Brien scored three goals including the game’s first goal and two assists. Siverson scored twice and picked up three assists.
Begley scored three goals in the game, all in the first half.
For the Chiefs, junior Cassidy Mueller scored two goals to double her total for the season. Sophomore Brittany Costigan scored twice and has scored a goal in each of her team’s nine games so far this season.
Both of Costigan’s goals came in the game’s last 15 minutes, and though the Chiefs were still behind by seven after Costigan’s first goal, Giantino said that she was happy to see a response from her team.
“It was just about getting the draw and getting the possession and then getting a goal,” Giantino said. “Once we get a goal or we have a great play, I think that kind of picks up our intensity and pushes us through that.”
With the win, the Colonials improve to 3-0 in the Freedom South Conference and to 5-4 overall. Morristown is the only team left in the Conference with an undefeated record.
The Chiefs are now tied for second in the Conference with a 2-1 record and fall to 4-5 overall.
Caldwell will return to action on Tuesday against Montclair.
“Were going to be working on keeping our intensity up for two strong halves, shooing and just possessing the ball better,” Giantino said.