RANDOLPH, NJ - The Roxbury High School boys lacrosse team easily beat Randolph on Thursday, winning the Gael/Ram Cup for the third consecutive year and giving its coach his 50th win.
The 16-7 victory made coach Chris Blough the winningest coach in Roxbury boys lacrosse history and it put Roxbury in first place on top the NJILL Rizk League as the only undefeated team in the league.
The Gaels defense made it very difficult on Randolph by only allowing the Rams one goal to Roxbury's three in the first quarter. The Gaels stepped up in the second quarter to score six more, going into half time 9-3.
The third period was a seesaw for the ball, but each team only managed to net one goal apiece. However, the Gaels were not done with their neighboring rivals; they came back to score six more goals in the final quarter.
The Gaels' face-off man, Ryan Johnson, made it tough for the Rams to gain possession of the ball by winning almost every face-off. This is Ryan's first year in the position.
Roxbury's defense cannot be overlooked either this year. The defenders have improved dramatically and their work is a big reason the team is doing so well. If a team cannot possess the ball on the offensive side of the field, the team cannot score. This year the Gaels defense is creating numerous turnovers and keeping many teams from getting off clear shots.
The scoring against Randolph was spread out between seven Gaels. The high-scorer was Eric D'Arminio with four, followed by Anthony Perhacs and Paul Shadel with three each, then Dave Biank and Matt Dancsecs with two apiece and one each for Owen Tarnowski and Ryan Johnson.
The Gaels, now 10-1, next play Sparta on Saturday. The Morris County Tournament starts next week on Tuesday at home. Roxbury will host the winner of the Parsippany Hills - Montville match.