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Abundance of talent at All-Star Game

PEQUANNOCK _ After three-plus years of minding the net, Mendham's Sonja Zeepvat had to remind herself not to use her hands when called upon to play the field. "I was forced not to use my hands," Zeepvat said. "It was also an interesting way of looking at everything." A standout goalie, Zeepvat, a striker when she was younger, demonstrated that she still knows how to dribble and pass the ball. Accustomed to seeing the 21 other players before her at all times, she never thought she'd spend another moment outside of the goal area, allowing her a different perspective. However,…

Droner leads Cougars to OT win

CHATHAM _ Remmey McEnroe noticed that Chatham's energy had faded a bit in the second half of its North Jersey Section 2, Group III final against Scotch Plains-Fanwood. McEnroe, a senior right wing and co-captain, started to have flashbacks to last season when the Cougars played West Morris and held a one-goal edge in the sectional title game. While Chatham endured a drought, the Wolfpack tallied two goals to capture the crown. Of course, McEnroe had faith in her teammates yet she did not like the fact that the Cougars were headed into overtime with the Raiders on Saturday, Nov.…

Madison moves into semifinals

MADISON _ The desire to score was evident with each pass and with each stop. Madison pressed and pressed, bringing the ball into the circle and close to the goalcage for much of its North Jersey, Group II quarterfinal against Rumson-Fair Haven. It became more frenetic in the fourth quarter  as the Dodgers took corner after corner. Junior center forward Ally Brosie put an end to the tension, connecting with authority from the right side with 10:11 remaining to lift Madison to a 1-0 win over RFH, whose goalie, Amanda Gettings, and defense were unwilling to yield. "It was a…

DiBiase, Chatham make it two in a row

BOONTON _ A long 40 days passed before Chatham's Brooke DiBiase had the opportunity to redeem herself. DiBiase wanted another chance at a penalty stroke. Badly. The image of the ball going wide left in the Cougars' opener versus Bernards stayed with her. Imagine how DiBiase felt before and after stepping to the stroke line 6:30 into the third quarter of the Morris County Tournament Field Hockey final on Tuesday, Oct. 18. A little queasy? Definitely. That uneasiness quickly turned to confidence and determination then, ultimately, to elation when DiBiase, a senior forward, lifted the ball into the left side…

Cougars will get second shot at Mtn. Lakes

BOONTON _ Natalie Duke's goal, the fourth of her career, had an abundance of meaning behind it. First of all, it was the gamewinner against Randolph in a Morris County Field Hockey Tournament semifinal on Saturday, Oct. 15, and propelled Chatham into the title game. It also was a reminder that the defending champion Cougars remain a force to be reckoned with. "This whole team is working so hard," said Duke, who connected off a corner 5:49 into the fourth quarter. "It felt good to finish and to show that. Everyone did something. Everyone. We got the word out there.…

DelGiorno, Dudley rule at NJACs

PARSIPPANY _ At the beginning of the pandemic, Grace DelGiorno traversed the streets of Morris Plains in order to stay in shape for lacrosse. DelGiorno, now a senior, was a freshman during the mandated shutdown and didn't want to be unprepared if pratices and games for her No. 1 sport resumed. So she ran and ran and ran, logging six to eight miles several days per week. Little did DelGiorno know that all of the time spent "running a lot of routes around town" would result in her becoming a cross country standout. On Tuesday, Oct. 11, DelGiorno, who dropped…