The Madison boys lacrosse team will play in the program’s first ever night game this weekend and will look to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Dodgers wanted to give back to the community this season and came up with the Wounded Warrior Project. Madison is planning a blackout for its game against Morristown on Saturday as the team will be wearing new black uniforms and will be selling black Wounded Warrior t-shirts.
“I have former students and family members who are veterans, and I’m a veteran also so when we started talking about it we thought it was something unique,” head coach Andrew Apel said. “The school hasn’t done a lot with it and we thought it would be a nice way to give back to the community and give back to people who have done so much for our country. It fits in nicely that we’re playing a night game, and it’s the first night lacrosse game and we’re going to be wearing all black uniforms for the first time so we thought it fit into the whole idea of a blackout.”
Madison will host Morristown at 7 p.m. on Saturday night but the game won’t be held at the Ted Monica Stadium, instead it will be played at the rec field behind the high school. Apel said his players asked to play a night game, and he approached athletic director Sean Dowling about it and the school worked with the rec department to set it up.
“Monica Field doesn’t have lights, so we have temporary lights and the rec department was able to shift some things around and we were able to move to the rec fields and play at night,” Apel said.
The first-year coach hopes that this event takes hold at Madison and will continue in the future, with other teams getting involved with the effort.
Roxbury hits 100
The Roxbury girls lacrosse team won in overtime against Caldwell on Tuesday and it was the program’s 100th victory.
“It’s a nice thing to see,” coach Kevin Bewalder said. “When I first started the first five years we won 10 games, averaging two wins per year and to go from that over the last nine years we’re averaging nine wins a season.”
Bewalder credits the rise in the program to his players taking the game more seriously. He said he always had a few players who wanted to play in college, but in recent years he’s seen more and more players playing in winter and fall leagues and putting in more time and effort in order to get better.
The Gaels, currently 5-2, are a young team this season after graduating 75 percent of their scoring last year. Freshman Emma Karnitsky is tied with junior Chelsea Artigliere with a team-leading 20 goals. Junior Emily Koepfler is right behind with 13 goals and six assists.
“It’s just a matter of getting the younger kids experience,” Bewalder said. “We have four sophomores who played as freshmen, they got a lot of experience last year.”
Madison senior attack AJ Schmitz recorded his 100th career point in the Dodgers’ 10-7 loss to Livingston on Tuesday. Schmitz had four goals and one assist and currently has 16 goals and eight assists.
Games to Watch
Today, the Mountain Lakes girls squad travels to Immaculate Heart (6-2) at 4 p.m. Randolph (6-2) heads to rival Roxbury (5-2) at 4 p.m. Chatham (5-3) will host an undefeated Ridgewood (8-0) team at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, the Morristown-Beard boys team, currently undefeated at 7-0, travels to Mountain Lakes (7-1) at 2 p.m. The Lakers girls will travel to West Morris (3-4) also at 2 p.m. The West Morris boys will host St. Peter’s Prep at 2 p.m.
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Morris County Boys Top 10
1. Delbarton (5-1)
2. Mountain Lakes (7-1)
3. West Morris (1-5)
4. Chatham (2-5)
5. Morristown-Beard (7-0)
6. Mount Olive (5-2)
7. Roxbury (6-1)
8. Mendham (1-5)
9. Madison (4-2)
10. Morris Knolls (5-2)
Morris County Girls Top 10
1. Chatham (5-3)
2. Mountain Lakes (1-6)
3. Mendham (4-4)
4. West Morris (3-4)
5. Morristown (4-4)
6. Madison (3-4)
7. Mount Olive (5-1)
8. Randolph (6-2)
9. Roxbury (5-2)
10. Villa Walsh (2-4)
Records through Wednesday