MORRISTOWN – The Morristown High School girls lacrosse team has gotten past step one.
The next challenge, however, will be the biggest one.
The eighth-seeded Colonials cruised past ninth-seeded Mount Olive, 15-6, in the first round of the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 tournament on May 14 at Morristown High School. Morristown will play top-seeded Ridgewood in the sectional quarterfinals.
Ridgewood, the No. 1 ranked team in the state, is 18-1 and has only lost to Summit this season, and that was by one goal. The Maroons have dominated nearly every opponent, and Morristown has seen just how tough the Bergen County squad is after suffering a 16-6 loss early in the season on March 30.
“We played them early in the season, and I thought we did OK for part of the game,” said Morristown head coach Evan Mager. “They’re a very different team now. We’re a very different team now. Unfortunately for states, do I think we should play the No. 1 seed this early in the game? No, but it is what it is. We see these types of teams all the time. They’re obviously very, very good. We have two days to prepare, which is nice. We’ll go in ready.”
Morristown (5-14) didn’t have much trouble with Mount Olive on a rainy and chilly Tuesday. In a balanced effort, Sarah Chupak put in four goals, Nicole Ferrera had three goals, two assists and 11 draw controls on her way to her 400th career point, Katie Siverson put in two goals to go with two assists, Elizabeth Bozza and Camryn Hussey scored two goals apiece and goalie Kate Baskin made nine saves.
“I think we put it together on both ends,” Mager said of the performance. “There were a couple of lulls here and there, but overall I thought we came out with more energy. People were more responsible with their decisions.”
Mount Olive’s Ally Mayer gave the visitors a 1-0 lead 54 seconds in, but Morristown, capitalizing on turnovers, scored the next five goals in an eight-minute span. Mount Olive ended the run after Gia Reda scored with 14:09 remaining in the first half. Morristown kept generating opportunities, and while Mount Olive goalie Mollie Baduini made some nice stops, the Colonials went into halftime with momentum after Katie Siverson scored a pair of goals in the last minute to make it a 9-4 Morristown advantage.
Morristown led by as many as 10 at 14-4 after Ferrerascored. Mount Olive’s first goal of the second half came with 5:22 to play to make it 14-5.
Mount Olive ended its season at 7-10. Morristown also won in an earlier meeting between the two in the Morris County Tournament, 18-8.