SPARTA, NJ - Jesse West scored three goals to give Sparta the victory Thursday over 13th ranked Westfield, 9-8, in a nail-biter.

West led Sparta's goal scoring with a hat trick. Mike Freeman and Stelios Kroudis were right behind him with two goals each. Kroudis added an assist and picked up two groundballs.

Russell Eberding had a goal and had nine groundballs. His face-off prowess has helped Sparta regain possession key moments of the games. 

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Jack Valentine added a goal for a Sparta team that needed every last one of them to earn their third victory of the season. Goalie Reid McCall kept the Spartans in the game with 14 saves.

They are 3-6 on the season and hold a 2-4 league record.