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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."

Minutemen shut out Mount Olive

MENDHAM _ After playing its best game of the season versus Madison in the Morris County Tournament final, Mendham was on an incredible high. The Minutemen, full of adrenaline from contending with the Dodgers, hoped to keep the momentum going. Since then, however, Mendham played only three times over 13 days.

All-out effort by Pequannock

POMPTON LAKES _ Diane Bolchune was feeling extra blue after her Pequannock squad was edged 1-0 by Pompton Lakes in overtime in a North Jersey Section 1, Group I quarterfinal. Bolchune, a second-year head coach, no doubt felt that the seventh-seeded Golden Panthers deserved better after putting in an excellent showing versus the second-seeded Cardinals on Friday, Oct. 30.

Randolph to face Morristown

RANDOLPH _ Coach Linda Cross hoped for the best after Randolph sat idle for a week. Of course, there were practices prior to the Rams' North Jersey Section 1, Group IV quarterfinal against Columbia. What may have helped most to get the team ready were the bonding activities - a charity walk and scavenger hunt.

Masini's goals pace Mo-Beard

Morristown-Beard rode two goals by senior midfielder Alissa Masini to a 3-2 win over Mount St. Dominic in a North Jersey, Non-Public quarterfinal on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Victoria Palazzetti chipped in with a goal for the Crimson. Isabella Cuomo had an assist for Morristown-Beard, slated to face Kent Place in the semifinals on Saturday, Nov. 7. Mount St. Dominic's goals came off the sticks of Lauren Callahan and Jackie Smith. Madison 4, Bernards 0 Goals by Amanda DaSilva, Caroline Turnbull, Elizabeth Romano and Kaitlyn DaSilva propelled the top-seeded Dodgers past Bernards In a North Jersey Section 2, Group II semifinal on Wednesday, Nov.…

Barnett gets 100th career win

DENVILLE _  Courtney Barnett has many fond memories from her days as a three-sport athlete at Morris Knolls. One of those memories wove through Barnett's mind as she made the downhill walk to the stadium for West Morris' field hockey game against the Golden Eagles on Friday, Oct. 23.

Lakers get past Parsippany

MOUNTAIN LAKES _ Jane Brennan's expectation is that Mountain Lakes will be overlooked in the state tournament. Brennan, a senior center midfielder, knows the Lakers' record - 7-6-1 - will draw very little attention when action gets underway in the North Jersey Section 1, Group I bracket.

Madison's 21st title is sweet

BOONTON _ The Madison field hockey team devoured chocolate chip cookies after defeating Randolph in a Morris County Tournament semifinal. Coach Ann Marie Davies promised the Dodgers more of the secret recipe treats if they brought home another MCT title. Davies will be baking in the very near future.

Dodgers, Minutemen overcome deficits

BOONTON _ Both Madison and Mendham received jolts, getting scored on first in their Morris County Tournament semifinals. The second-seeded and four-time defending champion Dodgers received their wakeup call 13:05 into the opening period - a score by Randolph's TT Naslonski. The top-seeded Minutemen were spurred into action when Morristown freshman Olivia Graham left them trailing 1-0 two minutes after the opening whistle.