The Mount Olive girls lacrosse team is enjoying a successful season so far.
The Marauders (10-1) are currently sitting atop the Colonial North Conference and earned a bye into the first round of the Morris County Tournament with the seventh seed, which is the highest seed the team has ever received.
So far this season Mount Olive is averaging almost 14 goals per game, has outscored opponents 145-59 and has allowed over 10 goals in just one game, a 12-9 loss to a tough West Morris squad on April 14. The Marauders hung tough with the Wolfpack in that game, fighting back from a three-goal deficit to tie the game 9-9 before West Morris pulled away in the final six minutes.
“West Morris is without a doubt a quality team, they always have been and playing that kind of program was critical to us in order to see really see where we gauge in the county and in the state,” Mount Olive coach Vivianne Bolen said. “What it showed us is that we can play with them, we can hang with some of the toughest teams in the state and to be able to play with a team like West Morris like we did and even almost win, that had a very big impact on the girls. It boosted their confidence and they know what they’re capable of and we know the things we have to fix in order to move on to the next level.”
Junior midfielder Sarah McEvoy leads the team with 48 goals and seven assists, while senior midfielder Claire Callaghan has 26 goals and nine assists. Freshman midfielder Gina Verrone has been a pleasant surprise this season with 19 goals and a team-leading 20 assists. Freshman midfielder Amber Gonzalez has contributed 14 goals and seven assists, while freshman attack Anna Murray (10 goals, nine assists) and senior attack Deanna Spagnola (13 goals, seven assists) have also contributed on the offensive side.
Junior goalie Keely Kovats has been tough in goal, allowing 47 goals for a record of 8-1. Senior goalie Shyami Patel holds a 2-0 record with 10 saves and 12 goals allowed.
“I think there’s a lot of support throughout the team, we actually have a lot of young players that are starting and that’s forced the upperclassmen to step up their game and lead and set a good example for the younger players who are making such an impact so early in their careers,” Bolen said. “That sets the tone for players taking their game to the next level which is nice to see, it’s been a big motivator for the team.”
Mount Olive is looking to ride a five-game winning streak into its matchup against No. 10 Randolph (6-7) this afternoon in the MCT, the same team that knocked the Marauders out of the tournament last season. Behind its stingy defense and multifaceted offense, Mount Olive is hoping to exact a little revenge and earn a berth in the quarterfinals.
“There’s no doubt about it, the girls are ready for revenge, they’re pretty excited about facing them again this year,” Bolen said. “To go into it with that history there, they’re just excited to make a statement in the tournament this year. We’re seeded seventh, that’s the highest we’ve ever been and the girls aren’t taking that lightly, they feel very confident they’ll be able to make a point and move on this year.”
Milestones Part V
Mountain Lakes coach Tim Flynn won his 599th game with the Lakers on Wednesday in a 16-8 victory over Ramapo. Flynn will go for No. 600 on Saturday when the Lakers travel to Bridgewater-Raritan at 7 p.m.
Morristown-Beard senior attack Thomas Rago registered his 300th career point with a three goal, four assist performance on Wednesday and now has 305 points. Senior attack Chris Glancy also scored his 100th career goal as the Crimson won the Waterman Division outright.
Last Thursday, senior attack Teddy Hatfield recorded his 200th career goal and now stands at 215 goals and 374 career points for Morristown-Beard.
The Roxbury boys team won the NJAC-Freedom outright on April 27 with a 18-2 win over Kittatinny for its first conference title in program history (the Gaels have shared conference titles in the past). On Wednesday, Roxbury tied the program record for wins in a season with 12 after a 9-3 win over Pope John.
The Jefferson boys program assured itself at least a share of the NJAC-Independence after a 16-0 win over High Point on Wednesday. If the Falcons beat Morris Catholic next Friday, they win the conference title outright.
In case you missed it, the Morris County Tournaments are underway with games scheduled for today and Saturday for both the boys and the girls.
Here are the updated brackets as of Thursday afternoon.
16-Montville at 1-Chatham; 9-Madison at 8-Roxbury; 13-Morris Knolls at 4-West Morris; 12-Pequannock at 5-Morristown; 15-Jefferson at 2-Mountain Lakes; 10-Randolph at 7-Mount Olive; 14-Kinnelon at 3-Mendham; 11-Morris Catholic at 6-Villa Walsh.
Today, Randolph and Mount Olive play at 4 p.m. while Mountain Lakes hosts Jefferson at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Kinnelon/Mendham, Morris Catholic/Villa Walsh, Morris Knolls/West Morris and Pequannock/Morristown all start at 2 p.m. Chatham hosts Montville at 2:30 p.m.
17-Morris Hills at 16-Jefferson, winner at 1-Delbarton; 18-Park Regional at 15-Montville, winner at 2-Mountain Lakes; 19-Boonton at 14-Mendham; winner at 3-Chatham; 20-Morris Catholic at 13-Morris Knolls, winner at 4-Morristown-Beard; 12-Pequannock at 5-West Morris; 11-Randolph at 6-Kinnelon; 10-Morristown at 7-Madison; 9-Mount Olive at 8-Roxbury.
Morris Knolls and Morris Catholic kicked things off on Thursday. The Scarlet Knights will travel to the Falcons today at 4:15 p.m., while Mendham hosts Boonton and Park Regional travels to take on the Mustangs, both games are at 4:30 p.m.
Madison hosts Morristown in the first round on Monday at 4 p.m. while the winner of Jefferson and Morris Hills will take on the Green Wave at 4:30 p.m. The other six games will be contested on Tuesday.
Staff Writer Lauren Knego: 973-428-6674; email@example.com
Morris County Boys Top 10
1. Delbarton (10-1)
2. Mountain Lakes (10-2)
3. West Morris (5-9)
4. Chatham (6-6)
5. Morristown-Beard (10-2)
6. Roxbury (12-2)
7. Madison (8-5)
8. Mount Olive (7-5)
9. Kinnelon (4-5)
10. Mendham (2-9)
Morris County Girls Top 10
1. Chatham (6-5)
2. Mountain Lakes (5-8)
3. Mendham (6-7)
4. West Morris (4-7)
5. Madison (6-5)
6. Morristown (10-5)
7. Mount Olive (10-1)
8. Roxbury (9-2)
9. Villa Walsh (6-5)
10. Randolph (6-7)
Records through Wednesday