CLARK, NJ - Backed by a 7-0 run over the final 14 minutes of the first half, the Westfield boys lacrosse team defeated New Providence, 17-3, in Thursday's Union County Tournament semi-final at Arthur Johnson High School.
The victory earned the Blue Devils a spot in Saturday's county final against Summit.
Westfield's Nick Arnold led the game with four goals, while New Providence's Jack Harvey scored all three of his team's goals in the defeat.
"Its more about focus, coming out here and doing our job," Westfield head coach Patrick Tuohy said. "That's one of the things we've been really stressing this year is what can we do as a program, how can we get better? The thing is role players. Understanding what your role is and doing it to the best of your ability."
Arnold and Chris Aslanian dominated the first quarter for Westfield. The two split the team's first two goals of the contest, sandwiched by two of Harvey's goals for the Pioneers.
After Harvey tied the game at 2-2 with 4:18 to play in the first quarter, the Blue Devils went on their first of two seven-goal streaks in the game. Arnold and Aslanian each scored twice during the stretch, while Matt Webb, Jack Colwell and Jack Flaherty each put one in, leading Westfield to a 9-2 halftime lead.
In the third, Harvey scored his third goal to cut the Pioneer deficit to six, but the Blue Devils responded with an 8-0 run to close out the game. Seven different players scored for Westfield during the stretch, including two from Webb.
The Blue Devils had four players score at least three goals in the game, but Tuohy said there is still room for improvement.
"We tied the third quarter," Tuohy said. "To me, that's something we have to move past. We have to put together a full, four quarter game. One of the things we stress is the game within the game."
Westfield will play Summit in the championship game. Earlier in the season, Westfield lost to the Hilltoppers 4-3.
"Its a big game for us," Flaherty said. "We really want to win it. we're just going to play it like we play every game and hopefully get the 'W.'"
Face-off for Saturday's final is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Arthur Johnson High School.