MORRISTOWN, NJ – For the second consecutive season, the Morristown varsity high school field hockey team has been crowned NJSIAA Section 1, Group 4 champions as they staved off a late Randolph rally to win 4-2 on their home turf.
Callie Sundin got the Colonials on the board early, capitalizing on a penalty corner at 16:41 with assists by Olivia Graham and Savannah Familo. Three and a half minutes later, Sundin added another goal, assisted by sophomore Danielle Hessels to give Morristown a two-goal lead.
“We started the game how we wanted to by taking control,” said Sundin, a senior who is committed to playing lacrosse at Vanderbilt University next year. “The first two goals allowed us to set the tempo of the game and gave us the boost we needed.”
In the closing minutes of the first half, Morristown again capitalized on a penalty corner when Graham scored off a rebound. Senior Devon Colquhoun had the assist on the play.
Randolph, however, did not go down without a fight. After holding the Rams scoreless for 50 minutes, Morristown’s defense finally had a breakdown succumbing to an odd man rush with 9:14 left in the game.
An apparent kicked ball in front of the net by Randolph negated the potential game-sealing goal for Morristown approximately three minutes later leaving the game still within reach for the Rams.
Randolph scored its second goal of the game at 3:29 to narrow their deficit to only one goal.
After a timeout, Morristown responded by controlling the possession in the Rams zone for the next two minutes and were rewarded by scoring their fourth goal, which sealed the game. It was Graham who scored her second goal of the game off the penalty corner.
“I thought we played well together as a team today, especially with passing and controlling the ball,” said Morristown field hockey coach Dianne De Salvo. “We try to take one game at a time.”
“I’m taking this one season at a time and right now we’re focused on this one,” De Salvo said when asked about her plans for next year. “We want to keep it going.”