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Wolfpack's "D" denies Colonials

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ West Morris' defense was in top-notch form versus Morristown, denying the Colonials again and again and again, especially over the last 12 minutes. The Wolfpack, spurred by the relentless efforts of sweeper Morgan Schade, backs Jess Gutowski and Claire Caldarola and goalie Emily Egan, succeeded in keeping their persistent opponent off the scoreboard and ensured they'd walk off the field with a 1-0 victory on Wednesday, Sept. 21. And, according to senior center midfielder Jackie Drzewinski, who also played a significant role in the shutout, that was just a preview. "This shows what we're capable of,"…

Wildcats trim Bulldogs

BUTLER _ As a field hockey player and member of the marching band, Whippany Park's Jess Klein is delighted when things are executed with precision. Klein, a center midfielder, is a key component of the Wildcats' slick passing game. The regiment associated with performing on football weekends excites Klein, whose instrument is the baritone. On Monday, Sept. 12, Klein had one of the assists on the game's lone goal in the second half, helping Whippany Park to a 1-0 win over Butler in NJAC-Independence Division action. "Our teamwork has been great. Our passing has been perfect," Klein said. "We talk and get the…

Dodgers fall to Oak Knoll

MADISON _ The scoreboard was where reality resided: Oak Knoll 5, Madison 0. In the Dodgers' minds, though, they were victorious. In other years, this way of thinking likely would not be acceptable but, in the 2016 season opener, a bit of skewed logic was permissible. Madison, the defending NJAC-Liberty, Morris County Tournament and Group II titlist, denied the Royals, the Tournament of Champions runner-up, for 34 minutes and 58 seconds. The fact that the Dodgers, who graduated 12 seniors, seven of them starters, held Oak Knoll scoreless for that long certainly was an achievement. "I'm not disappointed at all," Madison coach Ann Marie Davies…

Dodgers fall in TOC semifinals

PLAINSBORO _ Madison attained the state group title it desired and considered its appearance in the Tournament of Champions a bonus. The Dodgers, though, didn't let down and stretched their season to the limit, going to overtime before falling 4-3 to Oak Knoll in TOC semifinal action on Wednesday, Nov. 18.

Luciano returns to action, scores

BORDENTOWN _ Madison couldn't help but feel a little uneasy about its one-goal lead. The Dodgers clung to their slim edge for nearly 34 minutes in the Group II final on Nov. 14 before knocking in four goals in a span of eight minutes.

DaSilva, Dodgers stun West Essex

BOONTON _  A goal and two assists were Kaitlyn DaSilva's contributions to Madison's victory over West Essex in the sectional final last season. DaSilva, obviously, played a significant role yet couldn't forget the goal-scoring opportunity that got away from her in the first overtime.

Braves are "motivated and ready"

NEWTON _ Switch headbands midway through the season? Emily Weiss and Hannah Ervey didn't consider it. As far as they're concerned, there's magic in the ones they've worn every game this fall while playing for the Newton field hockey team.

Mendham returns to sectional final

MENDHAM _ Mendham's field hockey players, dressed in white, roamed the school's halls carrying eggs on the day of their North Jersey Section 1, Group III semifinal against West Morris. There was no specific theme behind their actions. The objective was to have fun in the hours leading up to what would be their final home game of the season. For the seniors, it would be the last time on their home turf.

Vorel comes through for Rams

MORRISTOWN _ Randolph's defensive corner unit takes its places inside and outside of the goalcage before center midfielder Emery Varga does what has become a ritual. "I always pat Mackenzie on the back," Varga said, referring to Mackenzie Vorel, the Rams' talented freshman goalie. "I have total confidence in her. Mackenzie's awesome."