MADISON _ Slow and sloppy.
That was the concensus when Madison's coaches viewed the film of the team's narrow victory over Voorhees earlier this season.
So, the Dodgers set out to not only achieve another win against the Vikings but to attain it in a manner more typical of their usual play.
Madison, quicker, more focused and exhibiting stronger teamwork, defeated Voorhees 3-2 to garner the North Jersey Section 2, Group II title on Friday, Nov. 6. Last fall, the Dodgers also claimed a sectional crown, emerging as the top team in North Jersey Section 1, Group II.
"The girls should be proud," Madison assistant varsity coach Victoria Sacco said. "It's another step toward a state championship. The girls want to have another chance."
First, they will have to get past West Essex in a Group II semifinal. That game is set for Wednesday, Nov. 11 at Boonton High School at 6 p.m.
The Dodgers (19-2) recorded their second victory over Voorhees behind goals by Abby Chopoorian, Elizabeth Romano and Emma Ticknor. Madison had a plan going into the sectional final and adhered to it.
"When we played Voorhees the first time, that was not our best game," Sacco said. "Even today, we didn't hit our full potential. We spread the field wider. We didn't want to use the middle. That's where their strength is."
Chopoorian gave Madison a 1-0 edge 9:24 into the first half. Elizabeth Romano took shot a shot on goal and Chopoorian got her stick on it, tipping the ball into the goalcage.
Kathryn Roncoroni knocked in a goal off corner for the Vikings (18-4-1) with five minutes left in the opening half. Romano, after beating three defenders while dribbling up the field, set up Jennifer Conroy for Madison's second goal 15 minutes into the second half.
The Dodgers pushed their advantage to 3-1 on Stephanie Dellavia's goal. Emma Ticknor was credited with the assist. Ticknor fired on goal and Dellavia directed the ball across the goal line while diving.
Roncoroni converted a penalty stroke with 1:50 remaining, sending the ball past Madison goalie Emilie Flamme, who finished with five saves. Sacco referred to Flamme's performance as "stellar." Amanda DaSilva had a goal-line save for Madison.
"We upped the tempo," Sacco said. "The girls were confident. We wanted to show what we're made of. This wasn't a nailbiter like the West Essex game was last season but it was still great."
Newton 1, Pompton Lakes 0
Emily Weiss scored with 14 minutes left, boosting the Braves to the North Jersey Section 1, Group I title on Thursday, Nov. 5.
Nicole Rizzo and Hannah Ervey assisted on the decisive goal.
Newton will meet Shore Regional in the group semifinals.
Warren Hills 4, Mendham 0
Dani Profita figured into all four goals for Warren Hills, scoring once and assisting on the other three, when the Blue Streaks shut out the Minutmen in the North Jersey Section 1, Group 3 title game on Friday, Nov. 6.
Other Warren Hills goals were by Rebecca Sigman, Katie Thompson and Megan Thompson. Jackie de Raismes made four saves to preserve the shutout.
Morgan Turner notched eight saves for Mendham (18-3). Jackie de Raismes had four saves for the defending Group III champion Blue Streaks.
Kent Place 6, Morristown-Beard 1
Kelly Tatulli had the lone goal for the Crimson in the North Jersey Non-Public semifinal on Saturday, Oct. 7.
Tatulli scored with nine minutes left in the first half off a pass from Bella Cuomo.
Kent Place, under the guidance of former Mount Olive High School standout Leslie DeSimone, received a hat trick from Noelle Broussard and two goals from Julia Schmuckler.
Montclair 2, Randolph 1
Eva Kaplan scored a goal in each half to propel top-seeded Montclair past the third-seeded Rams in the North Jersey Section 1, Group IV final on Thursday, Oct. 5.
Randolph's goal came off the stick of TT Naslonski late in the second half and brought it to 2-1. The Rams continued to threaten but were unable to capitalize again.
Mackenzie Vorel, who proved reliable all season, came up with nine saves for Randolph. Vorel, a freshman, was playing field hockey for the first time this fall.