Senior midfielder Kevin Reidinger and junior attack Ryan Muscatella each had a hat trick to lead the West Morris boys lacrosse team over Morris Knolls 13-4 on Wednesday.
The game started slowly, with both teams feeling each other out in the first quarter. The Wolfpack (2-0) had a 2-0 lead with 3 minutes 50 seconds left on goals by Reidinger and senior midfielder Hunter Sulovski. Golden Eagles senior midfielder Jared Huston cut the lead to 2-1 with 1:31 left but Reidinger picked up his second goal of the game 20 seconds later to end the quarter with the Wolfpack up 3-1.
“I think we played decent, we started off pretty slow but by the end of the game we were starting to put more goals in the net, our defense got tighter, and the offense starting putting in more of their shots,” Reidinger said. “I think we have a lot of work to do but we played pretty good today.”
West Morris started to pick it up in the second quarter, outscoring Morris Knolls 4-1. At the half the Wolfpack led 7-2 and had outshot the Golden Eagles 22-7. Junior goalie Alex Kennedy made only one save.
“We split time with both our goalies and they both are going great and our defense, our zone, that’s working perfectly and nothing’s getting by,” Muscatella said. “(Morris Knolls) barely got any shots.”
By the time the third quarter rolled around, West Morris had really found its groove. The Wolfpack outscored Morris Knolls 6-0 and spent the majority of the quarter in the Golden Eagles’ zone. But in the fourth quarter, West Morris was held scoreless as Morris Knolls (1-1) finally got going and scored two goals.
“I thought progressively we’re getting better, there’s a just a lot of things we have to work on,” Morris Knolls coach Terry Reilly said. “Towards the end we were moving the ball better, keeping our heads up, dodging with more confidence. At the beginning I think we were a little tentative just because we came out thinking that it’s West Morris and kind of slowed down a little.”
Senior goalie Mike Selvaggi made 10 saves for the Wolfpack in the second half, and Morris Knolls senior goalie James Whitehill made 10 saves. West Morris outshot the Golden Eagles 36-27 for the game.
West Morris finished at 11-9 last season and is looking to surprise a few teams this season.
“I think we’re going to shock a lot of people,” Reidinger said. “No one really sees us coming.”
“We have a few tough games ahead of us but we’ll pull through, open up some eyes,” he said.
As for the Golden Eagles, which has a new coach in Reilly this season, they’re looking to get better every game and compete in the county, conference and state tournament. Reilly coached at Morris Hills for seven years before this season, but taught at Morris Knolls, which helped him when he made the move as coach.
“We’re progressing pretty well,” Reilly said. “We came out today and knew it was going to be tough one against a good team but we want to work on improving… that’s why we’re playing these games, to get better.”
|West Morris (2-0)||7||6||—||13|
|Morris Knolls (1-1)||2||2||—||4|
GOALS: (WMC) Selvaggi 10, Muscatella 3, Reidinger 3, Sulvoski 2, Angle, Carfaro, Evans, Moroney, Pruss; (MK) Huston 2, Pelliconi 2; ASSISTS: (WMC) Carfaro 2, Angle, Muscatella, Pruss, Reidinger; (MK) Engels, Consales; SAVES: (WMC) Kennedy; (MK) Whitehill 10.