WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ It was easy for the Morristown girls lacrosse players to remember what they wanted to accomplish in their Morris County Tournament quarterfinal-round game.
All they had to do was look at their wrists.
The word "history" was on each one and the Colonials made it happen with an 11-9 triumph against West Morris on Tuesday, May 5.
Meghan Siverson scored four goals and freshman Annika Begley had three goals and two assists to help the fifth-seeded Colonials earn their first trip to the semifinal round.
Siverson scored the last two goals of the game as Morristown rallied in the come-from-behind victory. The Colonials (12-5) face top seeded Chatham on Thursday, May 7 for a chance at making the final. Mountain Lakes and Mendham are in the other semifinal.
Sarah Frankovic had three goals and an assist for fourth-seeded West Morris (5-9).
"The senior class has never played them before so we're very excited to go," Morristown's Casey O'Brien said. "Chatham is always great at lacrosse. We want to go in and make a name for ourselves. If we could get to the final, that would be awesome."
O'Brien lifted her wrists to show the word history printed on them. Despite a slow start, the Colonials were determined to come out triumphant.
"It was amazing," O'Brien said. "Before each game, we write a word on our wrists. Today, we wrote 'history.' That was our goal. We wanted to make history. That's all we wanted to do. It feels amazing."
What may be even more amazing is that they did it without standout offensive performer Allie Ferrara. Ferrara, who scored 83 goals last year, has only played in eight games and has not competed since April 14 because of a badly sprained ankle. Without her, the Colonials have had to rely on other players and have gotten great support in the midfield from Begley and Callie Sundin, both freshmen.
"It took a little bit of getting used to," Morristown coach Evan Mager said. "Not having her is difficult but the team has learned to overcome that. They know if they play together as a group that they can be a very good team. Allie is still with us on the sideline every day. She is the spirit of the team and she is helping us get through this."
The ability of Siverson to step up was huge for Morristown. The Colonials' standout has always been solid on the draw and a good distributor to her teammates. She stepped up strong on offense late in the game when her team seemed to need it the most.
"She is an all-around player," Mager said. "All of the players on the field have different roles. With Allie out, she has stepped up in taking the type of role that (Allie) is used to having. She has been doing a great job. She is moving the ball well and seeing the field. She is a smart player and that has been huge for us.''
Morristown trailed throughout the first half but never by more than a two-goal margin. West Morris led 8-6 at the 19-minute mark, but the Colonials finished the game with a four-goal flourish.
Siverson tied the game at 8-8 with a strong individual move. She sped past a defender, cut across the front of the crease and fired a hip-high shot from an acute angle that found net with 9:56 left.
Although she hobbled about afterwards because she was kicked in the calf, Siverson shrugged it off. At 7:32, she gave Morristown its first lead with a high righty shot after getting a feed from teammate Maddie Heher.
"I knew the West Morris goalie (Renee Gonzalez) was very good and very fast," Siverson said. "I wanted to make sure she didn't have a chance to react."
Siverson scored again with 4:08 left to secure a two-goal margin. The Colonials were helped with West Morris' yellow card situation. The Wolfpack played an aggressive game and was penalized with six cards. helping the Colonials end the game with a two-man advantage.
"It was awesome for us," Siverson said. "Once we saw that happening, we knew we couldn't be as physical as we usually could."
As a result, the Colonials program is going somewhere it has never been before - an MCT semifinal.
"I was hoping that by the time this group became seniors that this is the accomplishment they would have," Mager said. "We're excited and ready to go."