Ridge, ranked atop the Courier News Top 5, exploded for seven goals in the fourth quarter to tie the score, but junior midfielder Ryan Dunleavy scooped up a ground ball off a broken clear attempt and went right to the net for the game-winning goal with 1:23 left helping Hunterdon Central High School boys lacrosse team, ranked third in the Courier News Top 5, to an 11-10 triumph in a thrilling Skyland Conference Delaware Division showdown.
“We came out strong and we knew they were really tough on defense,” Central’s Mark Diehl said. “We had a few of tough practices and it translated on the field.”
Central (7-2) opened up a 9-3 lead in the third quarter before the Red Devils (8-2) made their run. They reeled off four goals in less than four minutes to cut the deficit to 9-7 with just under 10 minutes to play.
After Keegan Hickey (two goals) answered to make it a three-goal game with 5:13 remaining, Brendan Quigley scored two goals and Eric Scott tallied another to tie the game at 10 with 1:43 left.
Dunleavy finished with a game-high three goals. Mark Diehl (three goals, one assist), Jackson Lee (one goal, three assists) and Nick Tortoriello ( two goals) contributed to the victory. Stephan Barr had seven ground balls and Lucas Jones turned aside 15 shots for the Red Devils.
For Ridge (8-3), Scott finished with a hat trick and two assists while Quigley tallied three scores. Its stellar ride and veteran’D’ had surrendered 18 goals in a six-quarter span through halftime, but TJ Jones limited the damage in the latter half with a quick stick between the pipes.
New Providence 8, Clifton 7 (OT): Jack Harvey scored a man-up 41 seconds into overtime delivering New Providence its 10th win against one loss. Derek Singer gave the Pioneers a one-goal lead (7-6) lead with a shade under to minutes left in the fourth, but Clifton’s Chris Rosado tied the game 23 seconds later off a feed from Mark Surgent. New Providence was led by Harvey (five goals), Singer (10 ground balls), James Burke (one goal, three assists). Brian Valerio and his 12 saves helped New Prov remain stop the Kimber. Rob Madsen (one goal) and Quinn Killeen (one assist) even got in on the act for the Union County school.
Hillsborough 14, Montgomery 3: Conor Fitzgerald connected for six goals and an assist and teammate Thomas Davies chipped in four goals and two assists for Hillsborough (5-6). Brothers Tom and Jimmy Boland combined for two goals and three assists for the Raiders. Brad Bowers (one goal), Nick Bowers (one goal) and Anthony Stavrakis (nine saves) helped the winning cause. Maxx Berteletti scored twice and assisted on two others for Montgomery (5-6). Josh Reinson and Owen Tollefson turned in a goal and an assist each for the Raiders, who won the middle two quarters 7-0 to build an 11-2 lead.
Immaculata 7, North Hunterdon 2: Mark Swintek collected four points (two goals, two assists) and Connor McKeon chipped in three points (two goals, one assist) to lead Immaculata (8-4). Brothers Chandler and Connor Vanderbeek along with Jacob Vanleenen score goals for the Spartans. Joe Riccadonna made nine saves for the winners. Nick Baro and Chance Weinberg scored for North Hunterdon (3-9). Jake Keefe made 11 saves for the Lions.
Bridgewater-Raritan 11, Pingry 2: Saturday it was Tyler Konen’s turn as he posted four goals and added an assist to send No. 2 Bridgewater-Raritan (6-3) to its fourth win in a row. Griffin Figel continued setting up his teammates as he collected three more assists and scored a goal for the Panthers. Ryan Mygatt turned in a goal and an assist. Sean Thomas, Ethan Christiansen, Cody Ruperto, Richie Lenskold and Nick Miller rounded out the scoring for the two-time reigning Tournament of Champions winners. Evan Key and Justin Gump tallied goals for Pingry (0-8).
Old Bridge 18, Governor Livingston 8: The state’s leading goal-scorer Chris Ryan sank eight goals and added an assist to spark Old Bridge (10-1). Larry Pedersen posted a hat trick with two assists, Brian Gearghty notched one goal and four assists and Logan Stevenson doled out four assists and picked up 10 ground balls for the Knights. Isaiah Trawick (two goals), Dwayne Trawick (one goal, two assists) and Nick Lomeli (one goal, one assist) were winning contributors. Scott Kruysman had a goal and collected six ground balls while Jeremy Gonzalez got in on the act with a score. Alex Lipnick led Governor Livingston (3-7) with four goals, two assists and six grounders and teammate Joe Pozniak notched a goal while cleaning up the carpet with 24 ground balls to retain the state’s lead (unofficially) in that category. Tommy O’Sullivan (two goals), Alex Boyd (two assists) and Garrett O’Connor (one goal) put their names in the scoring ledger. Brian Hutton went for one goal, an assist and 10 off the carpet for the Highlanders.
Moorestown 8, Watchung Hills 5: 2012 All-Stater and likely 2013 All-American Jeff George sat out the first half with a balky hamstring, but was cleared by the trainer at the half and given the go-ahead to score two goals for ‘Hills, which played the Quakers without George to a 2-all first half. Rookie Tyler Furlong contributed two goals and Ryan Cunningham chipped in one for the Warriors. Kevin Carroll doled out one assist and PJ Pimentel turned away 17 shots. After losing the third period 3-1, Watchung would eventually make it a 6-5 game with eight and 21 left before the ‘Quakes put it away and have yet to lose a ball game.
West Windsor Plainsboro-South 14, South Brunswick 5: Matt Gorzynski and Ryan Woisznies scored twice and Aiden Burnett scored the other for South Brunswick (5-4). Tom Presti and Bruce Redfield each had one assist for the ‘Vikes, who were shut out 5-nil in the third period making the score 12-2 heading into the final frame.