RANDOLPH, NJ- Randolph sophomore Matt Holland scored one of the biggest goals of his young career on Tuesday May 15, when he cashed in on a double overtime tally that lifted the Rams over Mt. Olive 13-12 in the first round of the NJSIAA state playoffs.
The Rams looked to be in trouble early, as the Mauraders jumped all over them taking a 6-2 first period lead. The Rams offense woke up and stormed back from there, thanks in part to senior Luc Swedlund who scored six goals and added one assist in the game. Outscoring Mt. Olive by an identical 6-2 margin in the second, Randolph knotted the game at 8-8 at half.
Both sides tightened up the defense in the second, trading four goals apiece, but with only one goal ( for Mt. Olive ) coming in the fourth quarter.
A scoreless first OT set up Holland’s heroics in the second OT. Holland ended the game with three goals and two assists, while Max Pinilis had two goals and an assist.
Dom Scali and Dylan Lawler had the Rams other two goals, while Scott Kimiciek made 11 saves in net to earn the win. Swedlund also passed 200 career points in the contest.
Randolph, the No. 7 seed, faces a tough Roxbury squad, the No. 2 seed, on Saturday in round two.