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Hoftijzer OT goal lifts Morristown

MORRISTOWN _ The typical high school freshman athlete most often is a combination of uncertainty, raw talent and, sometimes, hesitation, willing to defer to upperclassmen. Morristown forward/midfielder Britt Hoftijzer is just the opposite. The Colonials' standout ninth grader has started every game this fall and, according to coach Katherine DeBiasse, "always makes smart decisions." Hoftijzer's talent, poise and ability to analyze and capitalize played a large role in Morristown's 3-2 overtime victory over Montclair in the North Jersey Section 1, Group IV final on Thursday, Nov. 1. With 2:03 remaining in overtime, Hoftijzer, who moved with her family to the…

Wolfpack headed to sectional final

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ After taking a 1-0 lead 2:37 into the opening half, West Morris was feeling good about itself. The Wolfpack, no doubt, was in a giddy state after extending that advantage to 2-0 with 10 minutes remaining before halftime. However, at the break, coach Courtney Barnett suggested her squad take it down a few notches emotionally and continue to play hard. West Morris heeded Barnett's advice and did both, allowing it to survive a late penalty-stroke goal by Wayne Valley and emerge a 2-1 winner in a North Jersey Section 1, Group III semifinal on Tuesday, Oct. 30.…

Madison tops Mo-Beard in MCT final

BOONTON _ Madison's last two Morris County Field Hockey Tournament championships have had distinct feels to them. Last year's theme was dominance as the Dodgers outscored their MCT opponents, 23-2. The 23rd MCT championship, attained with a 4-3 win over Morristown-Beard on Tuesday, Oct. 16, was markedly different as Madison had to come from behind in the semifinals and survive a late surge in the title game. None of the drama the top-seeded Dodgers, sparked by Kerrianne McClay's hat trick in the final, dealt with over the last four days mattered. Their only concern was being the last team standing.…

Crimson, Dodgers prevail in MCT semis

BOONTON _ Wonderful. Fantastic. Ridiculous. Those were the words that spilled out of Nicole Borowiec's following Morristown-Beard's 3-1 victory over Parsippany in a Morris County Field Hockey Tournament semifinal at Boonton High School on Saturday, Oct. 13. Borowiec, a senior forward, was speaking rapidly, anxious to join her Crimson teammates in their extended celebration of the triumph that vaulted them into their first MCT final and to get to the homecoming festivities back at school. Borowiec was clutch in the first semifinal, scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal 3:42 before halftime to snap a 1-1 deadlock. "We were…

Cmaylo's two goals drive Madison

MADISON _ Chase Cmaylo had no problem getting the job done as a sophomore, racking up 15 goals and nine assists for Madison. This fall, though, Cmaylo has admittedly been a little off. Nothing's changed for the junior forward. She simply couldn't convert. On Friday, Sept. 21, Cmaylo rediscovered her scoring touch and put the ball in the goalcage not once, but twice, in the second half to power the Dodgers to a 2-1 non-conference victory over Warren Hills. "I think that may have brought some momentum to the team," said Cmaylo, whose second and third goals were assisted by…

Freshmen spark Randolph

RANDOLPH _ Carly Snarski made the pitch to Lexi Campbell and the Randolph senior wasn't going to take no for an answer. "You have to play field hockey," said Campbell, recalling Snarski's plea. "You have to. You need to try it. It'll be fun." It didn't take long for Campbell, a freshman, to commit to the Rams' program. The two knew each other through the New Jersey Colonials Girls Ice Hockey Program and Snarski felt Campbell could easily transfer her skills from the ice to the turf. Campbell, as expected, made great strides in a few weeks and scored the…

Dodgers halted in Group I title bid

BORDENTOWN _ Sage Geyer and all of her Madison teammates wanted to get revenge and hoist the trophy at the conclusion of the Group I final. There was no joyous celebration, though. Instead, there was much sadness and many players wondering what went wrong in the wake of the Dodgers' 4-3 loss to Haddonfield on Saturday, Nov. 11. Having a two-goal lead slip away stung. So did the fact that the Dodgers' own comeback fell short. But the pain went beyond that. "The game was so, so close," said Geyer, a senior center midfielder. "We wanted the championship but that…

Madison moves into final; Colonials fall

BOONTON _ Madison's Maddie Farrell hasn't chosen her college yet but she has made a critical decision regarding her short-term future and it was a difficult one. Farrell won't play field hockey after high school, opting to focus on her studies. That's why every game is so important to the senior back. Each time Farrell has taken the field since the Dodgers began their bid for sectional and group titles 10 days ago, she knows it could be her last game. Prior to Madison's Group I semifinal versus Wallkill Valley on Wednesday, Nov. 8, Farrell experienced her usual uneasiness. A…

Morristown elated to retain title

MORRISTOWN _ Losing an important game by a wide margin is one thing. Having a standout player hurt in that same game is a dual setback. Morristown experienced the latter when it was blanked by Madison in the Morris County Tournament final and Devon Colquhoun sustained a deep gash on her left hand, just under her thumb, with 11:41 remaining in the opening half and left the game. The eight-goal defeat and Colquhoun's injury, which caused her to be sidelined for two weeks, deeply affected the Colonials, who admitted to spending some time moping. The funk got worse when Morristown…

West Morris gains final with OT win

WASHINGTON TWP. (Morris) _ West Morris didn't recognize the team it faced in the North Jersey Section 1, Group III semifinals. The opposing team's jerseys were navy blue and bore white block letters that read "Chatham" but no way could it be the team the Wolfpack clashed with a week earlier on the same field. The Cougars squad West Morris faced on Tuesday, Oct. 31 was markedly different than the one they blanked, 5-0. Chatham was aggressive, driven and clearly seeking an upset. It was no coincidence that is was Halloween as the Cougars put several scares into the Wolfpack,…