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Madison nabs 22nd MCT title

BOONTON _ It wasn't long ago that Isabella Fragomeni was intimidated by the Madison field hockey team. Every aspect of the Dodgers' game left her in awe - their passing, high talent level, their connections, the tradition. On Sept. 19, about two weeks into the school year, Fragomeni became one of "them" when she moved to Madison from Mountain Lakes. She had the typical concerns most transfer students have: Will I fit in? Will I get any playing time? Both of those questions were answered quickly as Fragomeni, who had to sit out six practices before becoming eligible, made the…

Knolls ends lengthy MCT drought

RANDOLPH _ Maddison Perna's goal off a deflected shot in the opening minutes of the second overtime period lifted top-seeded Morris Knolls to a 1-0 triumph over Parsippany Hills in the semifinals of the Morris County Tournament on Sunday, Oct. 15. Morris Knolls will face Mendham, a 2-0 victor over sister school West Morris Central, in the other semifinal. It is the Golden Eagles' first trip to the title game since 2002. The championship game is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. at Roxbury High School. Parsippany Hills, the 12th seed, falls to 7-5-3. A volley by Isabelle…

Lutz powers Mendham into title game

RANDOLPH _ Freshman forward Allie Lutz scored twice to lift Mendham to a 2-0 victory over West Morris on Sunday, Oct. 15 and send the Minutemen to only their second Morris County Tournament final in school history. The seventh-seeded Minutemen will face top-seeded Morris Knolls, a 1-0 double overtime winner against Parsippany Hills, in the other semifinal. The title game will be a 7 p.m. contest on Saturday, Oct. 21 at Roxbury High School. Mendham goalkeeper Aubrey Egerter made four saves, including back-to-back stops midway in the second half, for the Minutemen (8-3-3). Mendham has never won the title and…

Madison, Morristown to battle in final

BOONTON _ Madison, a team rife with injuries, didn't need one more. That's why Dodgers coach Ann Marie Davies was upset when she found standout senior sweeper Caroline Blount in the trainer's room two days before the the Morris County Tournament semifinal against Randolph. Blount, who sprained her left ankle while playing rugby in gym class, didn't want to tell Davies about the mishap so she simply stayed quiet and played hurt versus Montclair. It was unknown if Blount would play in the semifinal but she was in her familiar position and her mere presence aided in Madison's 3-1 victory…

Cougars rally past Randolph

CHATHAM _ When it comes to soccer, a little desire makes all the difference. Chatham discovered that after its come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Randolph in the opening round of Morris County Tournament girls soccer on Saturday, Sept. 30. Caroline Crouse and Sophia Reed connected for the Cougars. Sixth-seeded Chatham (6-3) advanced to play third-seeded West Morris in the quarterfinals on Sunday, Oct. 8. Karen Hull scored a first-half goal for 11th-seeded Randolph. Chatham was determined and was able to match the Rams' physicality. The Cougars also prevailed despite a terrific performance by Randolph goalkeeper Ellie Sciancelepore, who made eight saves…

Pych lifts Crimson in MCT

MORRISTOWN _ The sprints and timed miles drew groans from the members of the Morristown-Beard field hockey players at recent practices. Of course, no one questioned the extra running, not with the Morris County Tournament looming. Senior center back Katie Wright actually sounded like a fan of the added endurance workouts after the fifth-seeded Crimson emerged with a hard-fought 1-0 win over 12th-seeded Mount Olive in a Morris County Tournament first-round game on Tuesday, Oct. 3. "We've been working on getting back," Wright said. "We've been doing a lot of running. This made it worth it. It was definitely worth…