RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Field Hockey team rose up and slayed the dragon, defeating powerhouse Montclair 3-2 to earn themselves a trip to the NJSIAA North 1, Group 4 State Finals.
The win was monumental for many reasons. Montclair has appeared in seven straight finals, winning four. Two of those four titles came against the Lady Rams, (2012 and 2015), and just last year in the 2016 playoffs, Montclair knocked Randolph out in the Semi’s.
“It was a great effort, we had a few down moments in the game which allowed them to score, but we played with a lot of heart,” said coach Gina Adickes. “We possessed the ball well, and played together as a team. All I ask, is for them to lay it all out on the field and they did.”
The Lady Rams, the tournaments’ No. 2 seed, got on the board first with an early goal from Lauren Madalian just 1:44 into the game. The No. 3 seeded Mounties answered back quickly to even the score at one apiece. As the first half wound down, the game saw a wild three minutes of play that would ultimately decide the game.
A Montclair goal with 3:10 left put them up 2-1. Emily Cohen would strike right back for Randolph, scoring to even the game at 2-2 with only 1:30 left in the half.
That set up Meyers heroics, and the junior scored what would end up as the game winner on a scramble in front of the Montclair net with just 13 seconds left in the half.
“It was a tense tight game and things were frantic at that point,” said Meyers. Augustina got the ball into the circle on a cross, and I was there and kept hitting it again and again into the goalies pads. Finally it got past her and just barely rolled in over the line.”
The second half would see no more scoring, but the final 8 minutes saw Montclair turn up the heat with more aggression trying to get the equalizer.
“We had to keep our composure, and we were trying hard not to get too frantic as time wound down in the game,” said junior Carly Snarski. “It all came down to working together as a team and playing how we know we can to be successful.”
Senior Augustina Lago was asked what the team needs to do on Friday to upend Morristown.
“We need to give everything we have for the full 60 minutes,” said Lago, who had two assists in the game. “We have to make sure we keep pushing and never give up even if we get down a goal, just like we did today.”
The lady Rams meet No. 1 seed Morristown, who will be looking to defend their title from last year on Friday Nov. 3 at 2 PM in Morristown