BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Neighboring rivals and old teammates collided on Monday when New Providence won 15-4 over Governor Livingston at Snyder Field.
"I thought the kids went and had fun. We executed. We played together. We had some good team goals, and It's always fun for some of the older guys to play against kids they grew up with," said Pioneer head coach Russ Anderson, "It's always a fun night to have this kind of atmosphere, and play against your old childhood teammates."
"This rivalry is great, and we love it in every sport really," said GL head coach Patrick Crann, "It's fun to be a part of it on a beautiful night under the lights, and you can't ask for a better environment for lacrosse."
"I played Chiefs with a lot of them. It was good to win. It's a rivalry. In football they beat us, so we got a lot of football players on our team, so it was a nice little motivation to go out there and play hard." said Tyler Lawton.
"I know a lot of them. I've been playing since sixth grade," said Zach Miller after the loss, "It was great to connect with old players and see how they improved, see what they're doing at this level."
The Pioneers didn't waste anytime getting on the board in the game. Jack Gertie collected the ball off the opening faceoff and marched down field for a goal just seconds into the game. New Providence continued to roll after the first goal. Lawton ripped a shot into the net less than a minute after Gertie's tally, and Joe D'Anna found twine not long after. Lawton would add two more goals in the first quarter for a 5-0 New Providence lead after one.
D'Anna started the second quarter with two more goals for the Pioneers, but Andrew Cahill got GL's first goal off a hard left side shot. New Providence responded immediately with Gertie replicating his opening goal off the faceoff following Cahill's goal. Michael Garrity and Sean Sweeney each tallied goals for New Providence to cap the first half off with a 10-1 Pioneer lead.
The Highlanders were first on the board in the second half. Miller cut down the right side and beat Patrick Trezza for GL's second goal of the game. Not long after, D'Anna shoveled a pass down low to Joe Crisafi for a New Providence goal, and Garrity finished off a nice passing play to extend the lead even further. GL was next on the board, Carson Wahlers trucked through a thunderous hit from Lawton near midfield before marching down to the Pioneer net for GL's third goal of the game.
"I saw him coming like ten yards away and I was like there's nowhere to go, so I just went through him." Wahlers said about the collision.
Crisafi potted another goal for New Providence before the end of the third- 13-3 Pioneers. Matt Burke tallied two back-to-back goals for the Pioneers to start the fourth quarter, and Miller struck the final goal of the game for GL with six minutes left in the quarter.
New Providence will host Delaware Valley on Saturday at 11 a.m. in the NJSIAA Sectional quarterfinal after defeating Verona, 12-5, in the playoff opener on Wednesday.