The Bridgewater-Raritan High School boys lacrosse team brought North Hunterdon’s season to a screeching halt on Tuesday afternoon.
Led by a senior attacking trio that combined for nine goals and eight assists, the fourth-seeded Panthers dominated the 12th-seeded Lions, 16-1, in the NJSIAA North Group IV quarterfinals.
Bridgewater-Raritan (11-5), which led 4-1 after the first quarter, used a 6-0 second quarter to open up a 10-1 halftime lead and cruised home. Seniors Ryan Mygatt (four goals, four assists), Griffin Figel (three goals, three assists) and Tyler Konen (two goals, two assists) led the Panthers’ potent offensive charge.
“We were just moving the ball really well,” Konen said of his team’s offensive attack, “and Griffin and Ryan did a really great job of getting the double team, getting the ball behind the goal and getting the crease cut.”
The victory sets up a rematch of a great regular-season game when Bridgewater-Raritan meets Skyland Conference/Delaware Division foe and Somerset County Tournament champion Ridge, the section’s top seed, on Thursday. Ridge defeated the Panthers, 10-8, in an intense battle on May 1.
“We didn’t really come out firing the last time we played them,” Konen said. “We’re going to work hard to come out with better intensity this time, and it should be a really great game.”
For North Hunterdon (7-14), its lone goal came with 7:33 left in the first quarter and made the score 2-1 in favor of Bridgewater-Raritan. Hank Joyce assisted Callen Hogrebe on the tally.
Eight other Panthers players registered at least one point.