Mountain Lakes' chemistry, leadership set it apart

Mountain Lakes' chemistry, leadership set it apart


Mountain Lakes' chemistry, leadership set it apart


The Mountain Lakes girls lacrosse team made a lot of noise this season.

The Lakers finished the season at 19-2, split the Stars and Stripes North Division title with Ridgewood, won the Morris County Tournament title and the North Group I sectional crown.

Which is why Mountain Lakes is the 2013 All Daily Record Girls Lacrosse Team of the Year.

“I think that we really went into this year knowing that we were going to be great,” senior goalie Sara Allison said. “We’re all good friends and we started playing in third or fourth grade and since then we’ve clicked, we’re always together and we have a connection and chemistry that sets us apart from the other teams.”

The Lakers started the season 11-0 and outscored opponents, 148-82, before falling to conference foe Ridgewood on May 1. Mountain Lakes rebounded from that loss and won its next eight games, including the MCT title and state sectional title, before losing to Oak Knoll 10-9 in the Group I final on June 1.

During the MCT, the Lakers outscored opponents 58-21 and defeated Mendham, 6-4, in the final to win their first county championship since 2004. Mountain Lakes then made quick work of opponents in the state tournament, scoring a total of 76 goals during their sectional run while allowing only 28.

The players credited coach Jen Munday, who in her sixth season as head coach has helped Mountain Lakes become a perennial power in the county and the state.

“I think she’s had so many great players over the years that this year she knew we were going to have a strong bond and chemistry on the field, so she took it and used it to the best of our ability,” senior defender Sarah Bozzo said. “Subbing was very important and how things would mesh, she was good at communicating with the captains, there were open lines of communication and that was very helpful towards our success.”

This season Mountain Lakes was led by a strong group of seniors and a determined squad of underclassmen that never once doubted that their team could go all the way and accomplish all the goals they had set forth at the start of the season. With their aggressiveness in the cirle on draw controls, their speed and agility on offense and their brick wall-like defense, the Lakers proved that they won’t be going away any time soon.

“I think since we made such a big statement this year that next year there’s a lot more to live up to, and the team is more than ready for the challenge,” Bozzo said. “We saw improved chemistry and leadership in everyone and we had a common goal and everyone had that common goal and we all worked together to attain that goal and accomplished it.”


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