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McIntyre, Peck propel Mendham

MENDHAM _ Mendham's 8-7 girls lacrosse victory over Chatham on Saturday, April 14 doesn't make up for the Cougars' victories which eliminated the Minutemen in county and state tournaments last year but it sure felt good. Kelly McIntyre scored twice, including her 100th varsity goal, and freshman Ashley Peck scored three goals, including the eventual gamewinner for Mendham. Jess Beneducci also had two goals for the Minutemen (3-4).Paige Guenther and Lizzie O'Neill had two goals apiece for Chatham (3-4). Mendham led 6-3 at halftime and Chatham rallied late but never passed the Minutemen. The victory will go a long way…

Three HRs boost Parsippany

PARSIPPANY _ Greg Cleary isn't concerned very much about what Jenna Devens does in the batter's box. Cleary, of course, will take whatever offensive contributions he can get from Devens, Parsippany's freshman right-handed pitcher. Devens fired a three-hitter and struck out 12 when the Red Hawks defeated Mendham, hot off a victory over Chatham, 12-2, on Thursday, April 12. She also had a pair of home runs, one of them in the eight-run fourth inning, amd knocked in five runs. The win enabled Parsippany to remain undefeated after six games. A day later, the Red Hawks topped Butler 10-9 to…

Young MK blanked by Robbinsville

WASHINGTON TWP. (Bergen) _ A young Morris Knolls softball team went up against veteran, battle-tested Robbinsville on Saturday, April 7. Although coming out on the short end, the Golden Eagles are a work in progress and should make strides as the spring season advances on to late April and then tournament time in May. Robbinsville, the defending Group II state champion, earned an 11-0 six-inning decision over Morris Knolls at the Anthony LaRezza Invitational. The loss dropped Morris Knolls to 0-2 after a 6-4 loss to Roxbury on Friday. In other games at the tournament, Montgomery rallied from a 1-0…

Chatham nips Falcons; Hine gets 100th hit

CHATHAM _ Sarah McCabe isn't known for burning up the basepaths. So, when Chatham needed to score to snap a deadlock late in a game against Jefferson, McCabe, a junior first baseman, relied on other extremely valuable attributes to score what proved to be the decisive run in a 3-2 victory over Jefferson on Wednesday, April 4. McCabe used a combination of determination and desire to score from third base on Kaitlin Pinaire's groundball in the bottom half of the sixth inning. "My coach told me I'd be going on any groundball except one to the pitcher," McCabe said. "I…

Huland El, Virginia dance into second round

PISCATAWAY _ The goals are to "keep the ball bouncing, make things shake," said Randolph native Aliyah Huland El when discussing Virginia's desire to extend its season as long as possible. Huland El, a senior guard, and the 10th-seeded Cavaliers triumphed in their first-round NCAA game, defeating No. 7 California, 68-62, on Friday, March 16 at 5 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C. Virginia (19-13) is in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2010 so Huland El and her teammates, including fellow Jerseyans Jocelyn Willoughby and Lauren Moses, are eager to make an impact. "Honestly, we've…

Mustangs' "great season" comes to an end

MONTVILLE _ A first-ever appearance in the sectional semifinals. Wins over Chatham, Morris Catholic, High Point, Jefferson, West Morris, Morris Knolls and Dayton. A school-record 22 victories. In a week or two, Montville, saddened by a season-ending 54-42 loss to Old Tappan in North Jersey Section 1, Group III, no doubt, will look back and realize all that it has accomplished. The banner in the gym may not tell tales of titles - yet - but, one day in the near future, it most likely will. "It's been a great season," Mustangs sophomore guard Emma Wax said. "We did so…