Boys lacrosse: Strong fourth quarter boosts Hillsborough on senior day

Boys lacrosse: Strong fourth quarter boosts Hillsborough on senior day

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Boys lacrosse: Strong fourth quarter boosts Hillsborough on senior day

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Conor Fitzgerald tallied four goals on Saturday afternoon and the Hillsborough High School boys lacrosse team rallied late to defeat Cherokee, 5-3, on Senior Day at Noonan Field in Hillsborough.

The Raiders trailed 2-1 at halftime but knotted the score at twos heading into the fourth quarter. And in the final frame, they outscored the Chiefs 3-1 to secure the victory and leveled their record at 7-7.

Tony Zellers gave Hillsborough a 3-2 lead with 7:07 remaining in the game before Fitzgerald scored his third goal 1:34 later to provide some breathing room.

“We put it in the hands of the attack,” said Hillsborough coach Mark Wilson. “We had Conor and Thomas (Davies) attacking form the high wing, and we were relying on Tony to take care of things on the inside.

“They’re all seniors. All 12 are like the ‘dirty dozen’, and they went out there and performed.”

Zellers finished with one goal and added one assist while Thomas Davies, Jimmy Boland, Mike Kouten and Brett Panaccione all notched assists.

Kevin Masterson, in his first start of the season, turned aside seven shots to help the Raiders to their fifth win in seven tries and 7 of 11 overall.

Bridgewater-Raritan 7, Shawnee 4: The Panthers, ranked third in the Courier News Top 5, outscored the Renegades 2-0 in the fourth quarter to put the game to bed. Griffin Figel finished with three goals and one assist and Tyler Konen notched two goals and one assist fro Bridgewater-Raritan (7-4). Ryan Mygatt added a goal and an assist while Richie Lenskold contributed one goal towards the victory. Shawnee is 10-4.

Westfield 16, Madison 9: The Blue Devils led 4-1 after the first period and 9-2 at the half on the way to a rout. Jack Flaherty continued to impress with seven goals and four assists while Nick Arnold deposited four goals and added an assist for Westfield (8-4). Matt Webb finished with a hat trick and teammate Dane Huber posted a goal and an assist in the triumph. Jack Colwell (one goal, one assist), Christian Burgdorf (one assist, six ground balls) and Kyle Hewett (10 ground balls) were also key contributors towards the victory. Madison is 9-5

Chatham 10, Hunterdon Central 5: Chatham took control from the onset, leading 3-1 after the first quarter and 7-3 at halftime. Sam Carson scored four goals and David Gill finished with three for the Cougars (11-3). Keegan Hickey fired in four goals for No. 2 Hunterdon Central (9-3) while teammate Mark Diehl posted one goal and one assist.

Ridge 5, Glen Ridge 2: Owen Malloy scored two goals and added one assist and TJ Jones turned aside 13 shots as Ridge, ranked atop the Courier News top 5, improved to 10-3. The Red Devils led 4-0 at the half, but the Ridgers opened up the third quarter with a pair of goals in 90 seconds to trim the deficit in half. That’s as close as they’d come, however. Eric Scott, Eric Burckley and JT Palladino each scored in the victory.

Mountain Lakes 8, Bernards 4: The Mountaineers hung tough through 24 minutes, trailing just 5-4 at halftime, but the Lakers took command with a dominant defensive effort in the second half thanks in part to Jared Bernstein’s 16 saves. Devin Ray tallied three goals for Bernards (12-3) while teammate Griffin Connor finished with one goal and one assist. Brian Fersini turned aside 11 shots in defeat. Mountain Lakes is 8-3.

Immaculata 7, St. Joseph 5: The Spartans jumped out 4-2 to start the game, and held on in a tightly-contested and physical game. Connor McKeon and Chandler Vanderbeek each scored three goals to lead Immaculata (9-6). Kyle Stenberg and Andrew Monahan led St. Joseph (5-9) with two goals apiece.

Watchung Hills 18, East Brunswick 0: Jeff George compiled six goals and four assists and Alec Orazietti tallied three goals and three assists to lead the charge for Watchung Hills (6-6). Tyler Furlong, John Tekin, Ryan Cunningham and Jed Leibowitz all had two goals for the Warriors, who led 13-0 at halftime. Andrew Keller added a goal and PJ Pimentel made seven saves in the victory. John Henry Glascock turned aside 15 shots for East Brunswick (4-9).

South Brunswick 12, Allentown 11: After the Vikings scored four goals in the fourth quarter to take the lead, the Redbirds had a chance to tie the game with 11 seconds left, but goalie Brad LeHan made a clutch save to close out the victory. Bruce Redfield scored three goals and added one assist and Matt Gorzynski also finished with a hat trick for South Brunswick (6-5). Aiden Burnett and Ryan Woisznies each scored twice, with Woisznies adding an assist for the Vikings. Danny Joseph doled out three assists and LeHan finished with 10 saves. Allentown is 10-3.

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