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Field Hockey

Cuomo's goal sparks Crimson

MORRISTOWN _ With each missed shot on goal, the Morristown-Beard players grimaced. The Crimson, dominant on offense, were oh so close to scoring over the first 53 minutes, 31 seconds of their season opener versus Boonton on Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Dodgers rebound with a victory

MADISON _ Near the end of Madison's field hockey practice on Labor Day, Jen Conroy, very fittingly, got a promotion. Conroy, a sophomore, was rewarded for her hard work and moved up from junior varsity. She was informed by coaches Ann Marie Davies and Victoria Sacco that she'd be warming up with the varsity before the Dodgers' game against Bridgewater-Raritan on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Chatham enthusiastic about new coach

CHATHAM _ The Chatham field hockey players were impressed and taken aback when their new coach, Kaitlin Leyden, arrived last June, bringing with her the expertise gained from playing for a state powerhouse and workout packets. Although successful under the direction of Jeremy Heinze, the Cougars had never been issued preseason regiments specific to their positions. Leyden, who played at Oak Knoll in nearby Summit, gave out the packet shortly after taking over the program.

Coach elevated Cougars hockey

CHATHAM _ Male high school field hockey coaches are a rarity and now there will be one less in northern New Jersey with the resignation of Chatham's Jeremy Heinze. Heinze, who served 11 years as head coach of the Cougars, will finish out the current school year before his family moves to the Charlotte, N.C. area. Heinze stepped down because his wife, Courtney, who works for Wells Fargo, received a promotion prompting the relocation.

Madison recovered from 2-0 deficit

BORDENTOWN _ Madison was pressing, doing all it could to even the score and force overtime and, ultimately, prolong its season. The Dodgers - taking their third corner in a 41-second span at the end of the game - were bidding for the tying goal and were denied by Rumson-Fair Haven once again as junior right midfielder Maggie Jennings came up with a diving, all-out goal-line save.

Madison stuns West Essex

MONTCLAIR _ At their most recent team dinner, Madison field hockey players looked at photos from the Dodgers' sectional final victory over West Essex in 2009. One picture in particular caught Elizabeth Romano's eye. It showed Chelsea Davies and Mackenzie Ellis celebrating the overtime win.

Wolfpack's run comes to an end

MOUNT OLIVE _ Being on the losing side hurts. Athletes of all ages and at all levels will attest to that. Although Caroline Caldarola and the Wolfpack felt the sting brought on by a 1-0 setback to Northern Highlands in the North Jersey Section 1, Group III final, the senior defender said she'd go through all of it again with "her family."

Dodgers shut out Hackettstown

MADISON _ The score - 4-0 over Hackettstown in a North Jersey Section 1, Group II semifinal - indicates another dominant effort by the Madison field hockey team. The second-seeded Dodgers scored a pair of goals in each half, outshot the Tigers, 18-4, and did not allow its opponent to venture past the 25-yard line over the last 30-plus minutes.

Mendham trims Colonials in states

MENDHAM _ Tori Fessenden was joking when she said that Alex Giarrusso redeemed herself with a critical goal-line save late in Mendham's state tournament game against Morristown. Giarrusso, who had the shot hit off her knee and go into the goalcage when the Minutemen played Madison in a Morris County Tournament semifinal, laughed at the gentle, lighthearted verbal jab.