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Dodgers halted in Group I title bid

BORDENTOWN _ Sage Geyer and all of her Madison teammates wanted to get revenge and hoist the trophy at the conclusion of the Group I final. There was no joyous celebration, though. Instead, there was much sadness and many players wondering what went wrong in the wake of the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to Haddonfield on Saturday, Nov. 11. Having a two-goal lead slip away stung. So did the fact that the Dodgers' own comeback fell short. But the pain went beyond that. "The game was so, so close," said Geyer, a senior center midfielder. "We wanted the championship but that…

Wolfpack exit state tournament

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ Freshman Keira Prince didn't even play on Middletown South's varsity team for most of the year but that didn't stop her from ending West Morris Central's season.  Prince, on junior varsity before being called up late in the season, ended the Wolfpack's season by calmly hitting the game-winning penalty kick that gave Middletown South a 1-1 (3-1 in penalty kicks) victory over West Morris in a North 2 Group III sectional final on Thursday, Nov. 9. Grace Massell scored in regulation and Middletown South (13-5-5) received penalty kick goals from Madyson Laudisi, Dina Kousoris and Prince.…

Madison moves into final; Colonials fall

BOONTON _ Madison's Maddie Farrell hasn't chosen her college yet but she has made a critical decision regarding her short-term future and it was a difficult one. Farrell won't play field hockey after high school, opting to focus on her studies. That's why every game is so important to the senior back. Each time Farrell has taken the field since the Dodgers began their bid for sectional and group titles 10 days ago, she knows it could be her last game. Prior to Madison's Group I semifinal versus Wallkill Valley on Wednesday, Nov. 8, Farrell experienced her usual uneasiness. A…

Morristown elated to retain title

MORRISTOWN _ Losing an important game by a wide margin is one thing. Having a standout player hurt in that same game is a dual setback. Morristown experienced the latter when it was blanked by Madison in the Morris County Tournament final and Devon Colquhoun sustained a deep gash on her left hand, just under her thumb, with 11:41 remaining in the opening half and left the game. The eight-goal defeat and Colquhoun's injury, which caused her to be sidelined for two weeks, deeply affected the Colonials, who admitted to spending some time moping. The funk got worse when Morristown…

Vikings triumph in state opener

PARSIPPANY _ It was an unlikely but glorious run and it would be understandable if Parsippany Hills went into the 2016 state tournament trying to recreate last year's success. Rarely do the Vikings mention the Group II and sectional titles they garnered after going into postseason play with four victories. Prior to their North Jersey Section 2, Group II quarterfinal on Thursday, Nov. 2, the magical season wasn't brought up. Parsippany Hills, which opened the tourney with a 1-0 win over sister school Parsippany, the 10th seed, is operating under different circumstances so it is taking a new approach. "No…

West Morris gains final with OT win

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ West Morris didn't recognize the team it faced in the North Jersey Section 1, Group III semifinals. The opposing team's jerseys were navy blue and bore white block letters that read "Chatham" but no way could it be the team the Wolfpack clashed with a week earlier on the same field. The Cougars squad West Morris faced on Tuesday, Oct. 31 was markedly different than the one they blanked, 5-0. Chatham was aggressive, driven and clearly seeking an upset. It was no coincidence that is was Halloween as the Cougars put several scares into the Wolfpack,…