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Top-seeded Colonials aiming to repeat

Morristown had a dream season last fall highlighted by Morris County Tournament and sectional titles. The Colonials, whose MCT crown ended a 25-year drought, are on a tear once again in the fall of 2017 and have won their first seven games. On Monday, Sept. 25, Morristown (7-0) was awarded the No. 1 seed for the MCT and is, no doubt, anxious to tack on another championship. The second seed went to Randolph, which is 6-0-1. Madison and Jefferson, both 6-1, were the third and fourth seeds, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 are Morristown-Beard (5), Mendham (6), West Morris…

Chatham denies Mustangs

MONTVILLE _ Chatham goalie Abby Walrond was in pain for much of the first half of the Cougars' game versus Montville. It wasn't physical, however. Walrond was watching and fretting and stressing over the absence of communication among her teammates. Although isolated while protecting the goalcage, Walrond was willing to take the blame for the eerie silence. "The communication was dead," Walrond said. "No one was talking. I heard nothing. It was my fault and the captains' fault." As a result, Chatham sputtered before knocking in two second-half goals - one by Ava Healy, the other by Charlotte Buckman -…

Kroszer sparks Bombers

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ Brooke Olsson's objective this season is to score one goal per game. By doing so, Olsson, junior forward, hopes she can alleviate some of the angst felt by the Boonton field hockey team last fall. Six of the Bombers' losses were by one goal and they lingered in the players' minds for too long. It's only two games into the 2017 season and that's early but, thus far, Olsson has kept her word. Olsson's goal off a reverse chip with 6:12 remaining capped the scoring for Boonton when it defeated neighboring Mountain Lakes 4-2 on Friday, Sept.…

Madison blanks Bridgewater

MADISON _ Kerrianne McClay is buckled in. McClay, a junior midfielder, is ready for the fiercest September in the history of the Madison field hockey program. In the first month of the season, the Dodgers, who blanked Bridgewater-Raritan 3-0 in their opener on Tuesday, Sept. 5, will clash with Eastern, Warren Hills and Oak Knoll. "This is so exciting," McClay said. "Today's win was big for us. Our schedule is stacked at the beginning. It's going to be nerve wracking but this is what we need. You've got to play the best to be the best so..." The prospect of…

Madison triumphs; Colonials exit

MADISON _ Last season, Madison, which claimed a trio of titles, including the Group II state championship, was a dozen seniors strong. Seven of the seniors started, giving the Dodgers a highly talented and veteran team. Entering the 2016 campaign, Madison knew it'd be rebuilding but didn't utter the word very often or very loudly. On Thursday, Nov. 9, the Dodgers, relying more on camaraderie than abundant skill and a multitude of club players, dispatched Newton 4-1 in a Group I semifinal at Boonton High School to earn a third consecutive trip to the state finals. In the second game…

Morristown takes section

MORRISTOWN _ Despite the damage done by Morristown's Olivia Graham, Montclair coach Mary Pat Mercuro still had high praise for the dynamic sophomore forward. Graham had the ball on her stick often, highlighting the Colonials' 4-0 victory over the Mounties in the North Jersey Section 1, Group IV final on Friday, Nov. 4 with two goals. "I saw Morristown in the county tournament and against Mendham," Mercuro said. "Number 15. Olivia... Wow! I just love her. She's solid in every aspect of the game." Mercuro got a closeup look, of course, at Graham when Morristown garnered its first sectional crown…

Aasmaa, Mtn. Lakes advance

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ When the season began, Julia Aasmaa was playing right wing for Mountain Lakes. Since then, Aasmaa, a senior, has been well traveled, taking on every position but goalie. Her versatility has been invaluable, allowing coach Coleen Buckley to change up her lineup according to the team's needs. On Tuesday, Nov. 1, Aasmaa somehow was even more critical, scoring the lone goal when the second-seeded Lakers nipped third-seeded Belvidere 1-0 in a North Jersey Section 1, Group I semifinal. "Julia has been moved around a lot," Buckley said. "She's been on all three lines at some point. She's…

Lakers' defense thwarts LV

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ After gaining a one-goal lead in the opening half, Mountain Lakes' objective was to clog up the scoring circle. That meant that all of the Lakers, intent on denying Lenape Valley another score, were packed into the area immediately in front of the goalcage. The plan was successful but caused the Patriots to be awarded corner after corner in the North Jersey Section 1, Group I quarterfinal. Second-seeded Mountain Lakes was on edge for much of the last 30 minutes but managed to repel nine corner attempts and came out with a 2-1 victory over 10th-seeded Lenape Valley on Thursday, Oct.…

Colonials end long drought

BOONTON _ A minimum of inspiration was needed for Morristown to capture its first Morris County Field Hockey Tournament title since 1991. Colonials junior back Julia Woodworth said much of the motivation needed to defeat top-seeded West Morris 1-0 in the final on Tuesday, Oct. 18 was derived from their shutout victory over five-time defending champion Madison three days before. "We had a big fire under us to win after the Madison game," said the elated Woodworth following the championship game at Boonton High School. "This is all really exciting. It was all so crazy. After the first goal, I…

Colonials, Wolfpack in final

BOONTON _ Morristown's Devon Colquhoun made sure she found Madison's Elizabeth Romano after the conclusion of their Morris County Tournament semifinal. Colquhoun, who effectively invaded Romano's personal space in order to thwart the explosive scorer and playmaker, wanted to get even closer afterwards, to hug her and say a few kind words. So did several of her teammates. "I really respect Elizabeth and wanted her to know that," said Colquhoun, whose all-out defensive effort was critical in the second-seeded Colonials' 2-0 upset of the five-time defending champion Dodgers on Saturday, Oct. 15. "The tournament means a lot to her. I told her…