CHESTER, NJ — When Morristown girls lacrosse player Callie Sundin is on her game, there are many defenses in the area that simply cannot keep up.
On Tuesday, it became clear West Morris would not be able to either.
In a crucial Morris County Tournament quarterfinal game on the road, Sundin was the best player on the field, scoring six times and assisting another goal on Tuesday afternoon.
When the old scoreboard in Highlander country hit zero, the Colonials were on the right end of a 16-10 result.
Morristown, the fifth seed in the annual county extravaganza, advances to play No. 1 seed and perennial kingpin Mountain Lakes in the semifinals on Thursday night. Both semifinal games will be played at Montville High School. Coach Evan Mager’s crew is now 9-4 on the season.
“Everyone knew coming in that this was a county game, one that we had to winif we were going to continue,” said Sundin, “The passing was great, Annika (Begley) won most of the draws and then we were able to score quite a few goals.”
The final score does not appropriately represent Morristown’s dominance from essentially start to finish.
After West Morris had scored three goals to take a 3-2 lead—its only advantage of the day as things shook out—the Colonials went on a run that saw them score 12 of the game’s 13 goals over an eleven-minute stretch of action that turned that one-goal West Morris edge into a 14-4 laugher in favor of the visitors.
In that frame, Morristown received goals from four different players: Sundin netted five, Nicole Ferrara three including a penalty shot, and Sarah Grace Plott and Begley also chipped in with a pair of goals each.
A big part of the Morristown run was Begley’s consistent ability to win the draw following every goal, something that had not gone unnoticed.
“Callie is usually our go to player on the draws, but I’m lucky enough to have two with Annika there as well. Her height, speed, and athleticism are such a big advantage for us,” Mager added.
Morristown jumped to an early 2-0 lead within the game’s first two minutes. Ferrara scored on a drive from the right wing, while Sundin scored her first on a nearly clear run on net.
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